Breaking Bad, True Detective reigned at the Television Critics Association awards

The Television Critics Association awards were held on Saturday in Beverly Hills. They were emceed by Terry Crewes, but were not televised unfortunately. (This reminds me that the Primetime Emmy Awards are coming next month! Time goes fast.) The awards were also a nice reminder that while Breaking Bad may have finished airing almost a year ago, it’s still a very strong contender during this year’s awards season. Breaking Bad won for Program of the Year for the second year in a row, while star Bryan Cranston lost out in the Individual Achievement in Drama category to Matthew McConaughey of True Detective. Cranston didn’t seem to mind at all, as you might expect. From what I’ve read, Cranston gave a very nice, funny speech in which he said goodbye to the fans and thanked AMC for being “desperate” enough to pick up the show.

Other winners included Veep and Louis in a tie for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Individual Achievement in Comedy, also for Veep. Fans of The Good Wife will be pleased to know that it won for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. Orange is The New Black was named Outstanding New Program.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has more and a complete list of winners and nominees is here.

Matthew McConaughey, winner in the category Individual Achievement in Drama for HBO’s Louisiana-made “True Detective” — an anthology drama that will move on to a new setting and new characters in season two — kicked off the acceptance thank-yous.

“You guys and ladies did shine a light on our show early on,” he said. “You gave it recognition, you got the word spread, and it became a nice little phenomenon that people tuned into weekly, and y’all got that started.”

“True Detective” creator and writer and New Orleans native Nic Pizzolatto spoke for the show when it won in the category Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.

Pizzolatto thanked the critics for their “really poignant, memorable, intelligent criticisms of the show.”

“The dialogue that all of you fostered was a big part of the show’s success,” he said. “And I’m very grateful for that.”

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” won the TCA’s Program of the Year award for the second straight year, this time for its final semi-season.

“This is the last time we’ll be seeing you up here,” said star Bryan Cranston, who accepted with the show’s producers and fellow cast members Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt and Lafayette native RJ Mitte. “It’s a little sad saying goodbye. This is it.

“We were a little show in the desert, making a little show about a man who contracts cancer and decides to cook crystal meth. That’s such a bad idea I don’t blame HBO for saying no.”

And so he thanked HBO for that. Then added: “We’re very thankful to AMC, who was desperate.”

The critics “have been so kind to us,” he continued.

“Without you getting the word out about our little show, we’re not up here, we’re not on any stage, we’re nowhere,” he said. “We relied on you. We trusted that our word was getting out. You did an amazing job, and we owe you. So anytime you want an interview, just ask … Aaron Paul.”


McConaughey was phenomenal on True Detective, and after I saw his performance I was much less bitter about the fact that he won the Best Actor Oscar (for Dallas Buyer’s Club) over Chiwetel Ejiofor’s sublime performance in 12 Years a Slave. So I do believe he earned this one too, although many people are disappointed that Tatiana Maslany wasn’t recognized for Orphan Black. (The TCA Awards don’t give separate awards for actors and actresses.)

As far as Breaking Bad, in a way I’m glad it went out on a high note, I have never seen a show that remained so consistently good for so long, but I really miss it. I hope that Better Call Saul gives us another glimpse at these incredible characters, especially Walter White. Producers are remaining vague about whether Cranston will return and we’ll have to wait and see. In related news, Bryan Cranston is returning to TV in an HBO movie version of the play All the Way. Cranston will star as President Lyndon B. Johnson. He has experience in the role, having won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Johnson in the Broadway play. I will definitely watch that.

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  1. Dhavynia says:

    That heading pic of Mathew is not doing him any favors and I always loved the guy
    I love True Detective, I hope the follow up is just as good. Both MM and WH were excellent

  2. MrsBPitt says:

    True detective wad great and MM was awesome but that final season of breaking bad was AMAZING!!!!! Bryan Cranston was AMAZING!!! As was the whole cast!!!! It was the best series finale I’ve ever seen and it should win an Emmy in every category it’s nominated in!!!!! I miss breaking bad!!!

    • Snazzy says:

      I haven’t seen True Detective yet but I really miss Breaking Bad too ! Such a great show

    • denisemich says:

      Agree. True Detective was, in my opinion, why MM won the Oscar. He is truly amazing in that role.

  3. kri says:

    Cranston is so talented and hilarious. I know BB is done, but he should get an award once a yer for being so fabulous. I do need someone to explain the strange case of Orphan Black and Tatiana. Why is it being ignored??

    • Lucky says:

      I know right??? Maybe because it’s science fiction? Tatiana Maslany is such an incredible actress, I actually forget the same person portrays these characters. Such a shame that she is not being recognized 😡

  4. Mia4S says:

    True Detective was odd for me. It was incredibly well made and acted. It totally deserves awards. But I didn’t actually “like” it.

    Breaking Bad has that rewatchable factor. I’m hoping for an Emmy cast reunion (and last hurrah). I know Aaron Paul’s doing a movie but if he’s not done, give him the day off!

    • Marigold says:

      I totally see what you mean. I enjoyed watching the performances on True Detective and thought it was compelling but I was not really rooting for anyone on it. I suppose in the last episode, I sort of came around on Rust. But I was invested in people on Breaking Bad. Like the characters or not, I had an emotional attachment to them. I went from sympathizing with Walter to hating him to respecting his metamorphosis. I really liked Hank, faults and all and I don’t know if I’ve seen another TV death that made me as sad as his. It was just a different viewing experience and as a whole, I think more satisfying than watching True Detective (which I will absolutely be watching the second season of).

    • MaiGirl says:

      Me too. While I can say I did enjoy it, both main characters were seriously flawed people whom I would avoid if I knew in real life, and the female characters were severely underwritten and stereotypical. So…yeah, I get it.

  5. don't kill me i'm french says:

    McConaughey looks again skinny

    And i’m probably the one in the world who disliked True Détectives.I stopped to see after 4 episodes ( i thought it was pretentious and all swagger)
    I probably read too many thrillers and detective novels to be interested

  6. maybeiamcrazy says:

    I adore Bryan Cranston. But Matthew Mcconaughey was really good in True Detective.

  7. T.C. says:

    Matthew McConaughey deserves it. His new skinny face though with no fat padding is scary.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Another show that remained consistently good through its entire run and am still upset it got to award recognition, The Wire.

  9. Faye says:

    I have to thank everyone here on CB to overcome my prejudices (“a show about a meth dealer – no thanks) and watch Breaking Bad. I binge watched it all this fall in a couple of months. It was fantastic. I wish I had watched it while it actually aired so I could have discussed it with everyone. It really was so good for so long. I hope they get a lot of recognition at the Emmys.

    Still on the fence about “True Detective,” as I’ve heard mixed reviews. Thoughts?

    • Anonymei says:

      @Faye True Detective is masterful. It’s an anthology so the story is told in completion. The writing, acting, direction, cinematography and editing are extraordinary. Don’t miss it. Almost as good as BB. Also check out Fargo on FX – fabulous.

  10. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    MM gives me the creeps for some reason.

  11. Tess says:

    I so desperately want MM to lose and Bryam Cranston to win for that last, and really entirely brilliant series of BB

  12. rice pudding says:

    Did MM get his eyes done? I don’t think it’s his weight loss that make his eyes the way they are.. something is off.

    • bridget says:

      its called 3 kids, marriage and entering your 40′s! I for one think he looks great compared to the 40 year old dads around my neighborhood!

  13. holly hobby says:

    Gee MM, eat a burger. He hasn’t looked the same since he lost all that weight for that movie. I don’t know what it is but he looks different. Especially around the eyes.