July 20, 2014

3 Gay Cheers! RuPaul’s Drag Race Wins TV Critics Award

Two executives accepted the TCA Award for "RuPaul's Drag Race"

By Roy Steele

I don’t know about you, but when I looked at the Primetime Emmy Award nominations for 2014, and didn’t see RuPaul’s Drag Race nominated in any category, I was pissed off and disappointed. Over the years, RuPaul’s Drag Race  has developed into a great show that’s consistently funny, full of emotion, and one of the most entertaining shows on television. Critics love it, both straight and gay audiences love it, and the Primetime Emmy Awards shun the show.

Last night the Television Critics Association (TCA) handed out their awards for the 2013 - 2014 TV season in Beverly Hills, at its 30th Annual TCA Awards presentation. The award for outstanding achievement in reality programming went to RuPaul’s Drag Race!

The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael O’Connell characterized RuPaul’s win as “historic.”

RuPaul's Drag Race nabbed a historic win in taking Outstanding Reality Series and beating fellow nominees like The Amazing Race and The Voice. Entering its seventh season on LOGO, this is only the second formal accolade RuPaul has received for the competition series. It took best reality series at the GLAAD Awards in 2010, shortly after it's premiere. An elaborate face-off for drag queens, Drag Race has become something of a cultural phenomenon, even prompting an all-stars season for fan-favorite contestants.

The votes from TCA members, which consists of more than 220 professional critics and journalists, determined the winners in each category. The winners represented an eclectic blend of shows and stars in 12 categories, putting the spotlight on the best of the best in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news, and youth programming.

In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race, the top awards went to AMC’s Breaking Bad  for program of the year, Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black won for outstanding new program, and CBS’s The Good Wife received the award for outstanding achievement in drama, while HBO’s True Detective won for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials.

HBO's Veep and FX's Louie tied for outstanding achievement in comedy, and ABC Family’s The Fosters was recognized for outstanding achievement in youth programming. The Fox and National Geographic Channel produced Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey  received the award for outstanding achievement in news and information.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus with her TCA award for individual achievement in comedy.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the award for individual achievement in comedy for HBO’s Veep, and Matthew McConaughey won for individual achievement in drama for HBO’s True Detective.

If you’re looking for a new show to watch and stream on Netflix, I highly recommend checking out The Fosters. I recently started watching the show, and it’s excellent and compelling, and has a lesbian storyline.

Three BIG gay cheers to RuPaul and his Drag Race family, and Orange Is The New Black, and The Fosters!

Here is a complete list of the TCA Award nominees and winners.

Kate Mulgrew, Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, and Uzo Aduba

Individual Achievement in Drama
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO) Winner
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” (FX)
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (BBC America)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO) Winner
Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)
Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project” (Fox)
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” (Fox and National Geographic Channel) Winner
“CBS Sunday Morning” (CBS)
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“60 Minutes” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo) Winner
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Shark Tank” (ABC) [2013 winner in category]
“Survivor” (CBS)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
“The Fosters” (ABC Family) Winner
“Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network)
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” (PBS)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)

Outstanding New Program
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) Winner
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Sleepy Hollow” (Fox)
“True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
“True Detective” (HBO) Winner
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Broadchurch” (BBC America)
“Fargo” (FX)
“The Returned” (SundanceTV)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
“The Good Wife” (CBS) Winner
“The Americans” (FX)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
“Louie” (FX) Tie - Winner
“Veep” (HBO) Tie - Winner
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
“The Mindy Project” (Fox)

Career Achievement Award
James Burrows
Mark Burnett
Valerie Harper
Jay Leno
William Shatner

Heritage Award
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC) Winner
“Lost” (ABC)
“South Park” (Comedy Central)
“Star Trek” (NBC)
“Twin Peaks” (ABC)

Program of the Year
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) Winner
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
“True Detective” (HBO)

ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION
The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. This year’s TCA Awards are the organization’s 30th anniversary.

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