Amy Schumer has a new set of bookends.
The Comedy Central star took home not one but two TCA Awards at the Television Critics Association’s annual kudosfest Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Schumer didn’t physically take home her pair of prizes; the comedian didn’t attend the awards ceremony.
“Amy wanted to be here but unfortunately she couldn’t; she’s being treated for overexposure,” said “Inside Amy Schumer” writer Christine Nangle, who accepted the awards on her boss’s behalf.
Schumer nabbed top honors in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category despite formidable competition from last year’s winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), who happened to play an integral part in one of Schumer’s Best. Sketches. Ever. Her titular series also won Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.
Hosted by “The Late Late Show” star James Corden, the 31st annual awards ceremony doled out props in a dozen categories. Votes were cast by members of TCA, an organization made up of more than 220 television critics and journalists from the United States and Canada.
Poor Jon Hamm has yet to win an acting Emmy for his stellar portrayal of Don Draper in AMC’s “Mad Men.” But Hamm won his second TCA Award Saturday for Individual Achievement in Drama. My guess is he’ll be able to add that elusive acting Emmy to his trophy shelf next month, too.
AMC notched another win for “Better Call Saul.” The critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel starring Bob Odenkirk was dubbed Outstanding New Program.
HBO also can claim bragging rights for its two wins, including one for rookie news show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” which earned the award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information.
The premium cable net’s uber-buzzy crime documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” won Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials. Did I mention the awards ceremony took place in
Beverley Beverly Hills?
Fox’s freshman hit musical drama, “Empire,” (filmed in my sweet home, Chicago) didn’t get an Emmy nom for best drama. Don’t worry Boo Boo Kitty: The TCA named it Program of the Year.
Emmy voters have made a full-time job out of ignoring FX’s Cold War spy thriller, “The Americans.” Critics love that show, and they showed their love by giving it the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award.
The dearly departed “Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman,” which signed off in May after 33 years on the air, won the Heritage Award for its far-reaching influence. In a pre-recorded video clip, Letterman apologized for not being here tonight, explaining that this was the day he had to “eat glass.”
This year’s Career Achievement Award went to Oscar and Emmy-winning writer, producer and director James L. Brooks (“The Simpsons,” “Taxi,” “Mary Tyler Moore”) for his role in crafting some of the most groundbreaking television programming of the past half-century.
The complete list of TCA Award recipients:
- Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
- Individual Achievement in Comedy: Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central)
- Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “The Chair” (Starz)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “The Fosters” (ABC Family) – second consecutive year
- Outstanding New Program: “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
- Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “The Americans” (FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
- Career Achievement Award: James L. Brooks
- Heritage Award: “Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman” (CBS/NBC)
- Program of the Year: “Empire” (Fox)