Highlights from the TCA Awards
Good morning, all. Last night was my favorite night of press tour: the TCA Awards (the winners are here), which featured among its highlights:
* Comedy writer, sportscaster and hilarious blogger Ken Levine, accepting the Heritage Award on behalf of "Cheers," recalling the show's early ratings struggles, when they were not only losing to "Simon and Simon," but, "We were getting our asses kicked by something called 'Tucker's Witch' on ABC."
* "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan ending his speech by asking Aaron Paul to give the audience a "Yo, bitch" on cue, which Paul followed with a very formal bow.
(Speaking of Paul, at the pre-awards reception, I chatted with him for a few minutes about his "Price Is Right" appearance, and he gave me a roll-by-roll analysis of his failure in the dice game.)
* David Letterman, accepting the Career Achievement award with a video message, explaining that he would love to be there with us, but as anyone who knows him knows well, "Tonight is the night that I eat glass."
* Louis C.K., who had appeared to us via satellite that morning because he was in Albany on his way to pick up his daughter from summer camp, appearing again via two video messages he recorded immediately after that press conference (in a locale that made it look like he was auditioning to replace Scott Baio as Bob Loblaw in the new "Arrested Development" series). Each video again closed with the apologetic explanation about his daughter, which at first felt redundant, until he began to draw out the explanation the second time, drawing big laughs as he acknowledged, "I'm in Albany. You're in Hollywood. So..."
* Claire Danes almost pulling a Kanye during "Homeland" producer Alex Gansa's acceptance speech, but only to acknowledge that she forgot to thank the TV critics during her own speech earlier in the evening.
* Emcee Bryan Cranston channeling his inner Jeffrey Ross with a monologue that roasted the winners, celebrities he both likes ("Fred (Willard) is so talented he could host these awards single-handedly") and doesn't (there was a run of Kardashian jokes), and even the press tour hotel. It was a very Johnny Carson-esque performance, with many of the biggest laughs coming from his reaction to jokes that didn't go over well. Truly, he is The One Who Jokes.
As I suggested in last night's post, I was pleased with the results overall. Even if we didn't have room to honor every great show from the past season (no "Parks and Rec" or "Mad Men" or "Girls," for instance), the shows we did honor were also excellent.
CBS is up today, and I'll have one of my press tour schedule previews published in a bit.
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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