'Breaking Bad,' 'True Detective' and Matthew McConaughey win at Television Critics Awards

By Daniel S Levine,

The Television Critics Association summer press tour ends with an awards ceremony that honors the best in TV from the past season. Seeing as the past season still included the final episodes of Breaking Bad, the show obviously won the top award as program of the year.

Star Bryan Cranston lost out on best drama performance to True Detective’s Matthew McConaughey, he was still there to pick up the award. Since the show has won just about every major TV award anyone can think of, Cranston joked that the show “could still come back next year if you give us the 'best newly departed show' award,” notes The NY Daily News.

The TV critics are more friendly to broadcast TV than the Emmys, so they honored CBS’ The Good Wife with best drama. Best comedy came down to a tie between HBO’s Veep and FX’s Louie.

According to USA Today, Veep also took home best performance in a comedy for Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

True Detective was the only other show to win two awards. Although HBO submitted it to the TV Academy as a series and not miniseries, TV critics thought otherwise and named it the best TV movie/miniseries of the past year.

Television director James Burrows won the Career Achievement Award, while the Heritage Award went to NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Fox’s COSMOS won best news/information series, while RuPaul’s Drag Race was named the best reality show.

Other winners included The Fosters for best in youth programming and Orange is the New Black for Best New Program.

image courtesy of ACE/INFphoto.com

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