TV Critics Association heaps one last award on ‘Breaking Bad’


Actor Bryan Cranston accepts the “Program of the Year” award for “Breaking Bad” onstage during the 30th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 19, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — The final season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” won its second consecutive nod for “program of the year” at the 30th annual Television Critics Association awards Saturday night during the association’s annual summer press tour.

Accepting the award with creator Vince Gilligan and fellow cast members, “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston thanked TV critics and reporters for their early praise when the drama first aired in 2008, “when there were big yellow signs [in Albuquerque] with arrows that said ‘Breaking Bad [set] this way’ and nobody cared.”

Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” took the TCA award for outstanding new program. CBS’s “The Good Wife” won for outstanding drama series, while HBO’s “Veep” and FX’s “Louie” tied for outstanding comedy series.

Matthew McConaughey won for individual achievement in drama for HBO’s miniseries “True Detective”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for individual achievement in comedy for “Veep.” (The TCA’s acting awards do not separate men and women’s performances.)

On the cusp of its 40th season, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” won the TCA’s heritage award, which goes to a program that has had a lasting impact on TV quality. Director James Burrows, whose television work spans from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Cheers” to “Will & Grace” and “2 Broke Girls” accepted the association’s career achievement award.

The awards show was hosted by “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-star Terry Crews, who was joined in an opening number by Miss Piggy. (They sang about binge viewing.) Other winners included:

• Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” for outstanding achievement in reality programming.
• Fox and National Geographic Channel’s “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey” for outstanding achievement in news and information.
• ABC Family’s “The Fosters” for outstanding achievement in youth programming.
• HBO’s “True Detective” for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials. (Yes, the TV critics and reporters who voted this year consider “True Detective” to be a miniseries, even though HBO nominated it as a drama series in this year’s Emmy race.)

Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation.
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