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TCA Award winners: another reality TV tie!

TCA Award winners: another reality TV tie!
Legendary executive producer David Collins (left) and Amazing Race executive producer and co-creator Bertram Van Munster (right) accepting their shows' 2022 TCA Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming.

For the second year in a row, the winner of the Television Critics Association Award for outstanding achievement in reality programming went to two shows because of a tie.

This year, both HBO Max’s Legendary season 3 and CBS’s The Amazing Race 33 won the award.

There was also a tie in the Career Achievement category: Steve Martin and Ted Danson were both honored, while I Love Lucy received the TCA’s Heritage Award.

In the News and Information category, Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back won.

You can watch them—and TAR executive producer, director, and co-creator Bertram Van Munster, and Legendary EP David Collins—accept their awards below.

ABC’s wonderful Abbott Elementary was the big winner, with four awards, including one for creator and star Quinta Brunson.

Two of Abbott’s awards were accepted by executive producer Randall Einhorn, who started on Survivor and Eco-Challenge as a camera operator, and went on to be director of photography for The Office.

Accepting Amazing Race’s award for the terrific season 33 of TAR, Van Munster said, “We pride ourselves in making a program that’s not only entertaining, but also makes you think about the incredible planet we live on: our traditions, our cultures, and how we must work to preserve all the beauty we are surrounded by.”

Accepting Legendary’s award, Collins said, “The ballroom community, for over five decades, has been so much more than just an artist evolution of the LGBTQIA world, right. It has truly been at the forefront of pop culture: fashion, dance, music—come on, Beyonce, bringing it to us all now. For Scout [Productions] and Legendary, the most-important thing has been about family, and handing the microphone over to these families.”

Other nominees for the reality TV award included Bravo’s Top Chef: Houston; Paramount+’s The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans; HBO Max’s Finding Magic Mike and Take Out with Lisa Ling; Netflix’s Cheer; and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season two.

My usual disclosure: I’m one of the 200+ members of the Television Critics Association, so I voted; because I serve on the the Board of Directors as secretary, I helped with the awards process. But like everyone else, I get just one vote.

2022 TCA Award winners

The cast of I Love Lucy, which won the 2022 TCA Heritage Award, presented to an iconic TV show.
The cast of I Love Lucy, which won the 2022 TCA Heritage Award, presented to an iconic TV show. (Photo via Desilu LLC)

The full list of nominees for 2022 TCA Awards are here, and here are the winners, who were announced today:

Individual Achievement In Drama

  • Mandy Moore, This Is Us, NBC

Individual Achievement In Comedy

  • Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary, ABC

Outstanding Achievement In News And Information

  • The Beatles: Get Back, Disney+

Outstanding Achievement In Reality

  • The Amazing Race, CBS (Tie)
  • Legendary, HBO Max (Tie)

Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming

  • The Baby-sitters Club, Netflix

Outstanding New Program

  • Abbott Elementary, ABC

Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries Or Specials

  • Dopesick, Hulu

Outstanding Achievement In Drama

  • Succession, HBO

Outstanding Achievement In Comedy

  • Abbott Elementary, ABC

Outstanding Achievement In Variety, Talk Or Sketch

  • I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson, Netflix

Program Of The Year

  • Abbott Elementary, ABC

Career Achievement

  • Ted Danson (Tie)
  • Steve Martin (Tie)

Heritage Award

  • I Love Lucy, CBS

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Monday 8th of August 2022

It's not reality, but hooray for Mandy Moore!!