A Reaction to the TCA Awards and The Peabody Awards
Last year, I realized far too late that there were two more awards shows that could serve either as an alternative or perhaps a precursors to the Emmys a little less than two months away: The Television Critics Association, which gives their awards in August, and the Peabody Awards, which I now see run from between May of one year and the next.
In an earlier article, I expressed my general satisfaction when I learned about the TCA nomination process, which I have now learned considers a far greater body of work than I had seen in their awards, which as I mention in an article previous to that, already impressed me greatly. I knew I would probably be disappointed when the inevitable winners were announced on Saturday night. I was, but not as much as I can be by the Emmys or the Golden Globes.
Unlike the previous year, where drama ruled the day, this years TCA chose to give its honors mostly to comedy. Their big winner was Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, a very dark comedy that I have just begun to watch. Having seen the first season, I’m inclined to believe that this is an outstanding show, and that Waller-Bridge, the lead actress/showrunner is a truly revolutionary talent. She was more than deserving of the Best Actress in a Comedy award she received, as well as the awards she got for Best Comedy and Show of the Year. The second — and according to Waller-Bridge, final — season of the Amazon comedy aired this year and got twelve Emmy nominations. I’m now inclined to believe it deserved most of them.
Another new competitor that I was pleased to see recognized was Netflix’s Russian Doll for Best New Series. Having seen most of the first season, it is one of those shows that defy easy compartmentalization — it could be a very surreal comedy, or a very satiric drama — I’m still not sure. Both these series have moved in my estimation for the Best Comedy prize, which is looking to be a crowded field (I’ll get to that later)
The TCA did recognize drama, though, and I was over the moon to see that Better Call Saul was its pick for Best Dramatic Series. I don’t know how much it’ll count towards stopping the juggernaut that is Game of Thrones, but I’m encouraged. I was also impressed that Chernobyl prevailed in a…