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Desus & Mero Host the 35th Annual TCA Awards

 
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THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ACCLAIMED COMEDY DUO DESUS & MERO AS HOSTS OF THE 35TH ANNUAL TCA AWARDS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 

Held at the Beverly Hilton, the Exclusive Event Recognizes the Top Television Series & Performers from the 2018-2019 Season

 
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(Left to Right: Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez | Photo Credit: Micaiah Carter/SHOWTIME 

Photos are available by clicking here 

LOS ANGELES – May 29, 2019 – The Television Critics Association (TCA) is proud to welcome comedy duo Desus & Mero—hosts of the popular Showtime series Desus & Mero—as emcees of the 35TH Annual TCA Awards. The popular duo will kick off the night’s festivities in style, putting their trademark quick-witted comedy on full display before turning the mic over to the TCA members, who will award the best performances and series from the 2018-2019 season, as voted on by the organization’s membership of top critics from the US and Canada. The invite-only event will take place at the legendary Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Saturday, August 3. Nominees will be announced mid-June.

 Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker and Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez are multi-talented writers, comedians, and television personalities whose bond was forged in the early days of Twitter, where they shared an affinity for complaining about their dissatisfying jobs, coupled with funny pop culture commentary. This  led to successful stints on Complex (“Desus Vs. Mero”) and MTV (“Joking Off”), the start of their hit podcast “The Bodega Boys,” and a daily critically-acclaimed late-night show on Viceland. On February 21, the Bronx natives took their skills to Showtime, premiering the all-new talk show “Desus & Mero,” bringing the duo’s fan-favorite fresh takes and classic wit again to late-night. Twice weekly, Desus and Mero tackle the hottest topics and sit down with an all-star line-up of guests that span the cultural landscape including politicians, athletes, actors, musicians and more.

 Desus & Mero are the newest additions to the TCA’s long legacy of all-star hosts, joining former emcees such as Robin Thede, Kristin Chenoweth, James Corden, Terry Crews, Bryan Cranston, Key & Peele, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, the Smothers Brothers, Nick Offerman, Dax Shepard, and Bob Newhart, among many others.

“Desus & Mero have spent the past decade establishing themselves as fresh, unpredictable forces, as vital in the bodega as in the Beverly Hilton ballroom,” said Daniel Fienberg, TCA President and The Hollywood Reporter Chief TV Critic. “We are honored to have them on hand, as we commemorate a landmark television season and 35 years of the TCA Awards. I can't wait to hear how they kick off the show. Nobody is safe, but as long as Tucker Carlson doesn't win anything, it should be a fun night!”

The TCA Awards is a celebration of the groundbreaking television series and performers whose storytelling, emotion, humor, and authenticity made the 2018-2019 season so memorable. The ceremony bestows honors across 12 distinct categories highlighting achievements in drama, comedy, reality, youth programming, sketch/variety, news and information, and more. As part of the festivities, the TCA will also present the esteemed Heritage Award to one trailblazing series whose impact continues to inspire and influence society; and a special Career Achievement Award given each year to one entertainment icon whose life and legacy has left an indelible mark on legions of performers, writers, and fans. Nominees are carefully selected and voted on solely by members of the TCA. The process is not open to solicitation or submissions.

 ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION

The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. This year’s TCA Awards are the organization’s 35TH anniversary. For additional information about the TCA, visit www.tvcritics.orgFacebook; and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, follow tweets with the hashtag #TCA19.

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THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2016 TCA AWARDS WINNERS

 

THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

2016 TCA AWARDS WINNERS

The Night’s Top Winner, the FX True Crime Thriller THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, Earns Three Awards Including Program of the Year

Other Honorees Include THE AMERICANS, MR. ROBOT, BLACK-ISH, MAKING A MURDERER, and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, as well as THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW & Comedy Pioneer Lily Tomlin  

The Evening was Emceed by JANE THE VIRGIN’s Jaime Camil, with Telenovela Superstar Rogelio De La Vega Making a Cameo Appearance  

 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – August 6, 2016 – The Television Critics Association (TCA) recognized the top programs and actors from the 2015-2016 television season tonight, at its 32nd Annual TCA Awards presentation. The prestigious organization’s event was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, hosted by THE CW’s JANE THE VIRGIN fan-favorite Jaime Camil. Beloved telenovela icon Rogelio De La Vega, star of the hit dramas THE PASSIONS OF SANTOS and TIAGO A TRAVÉS DEL TIEMPOwas also on-hand making a cameo appearance.

The results were determined from votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprised of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada. The winners represented an eclectic blend of shows and stars in 12 distinct categories, putting the spotlight on the best of the best in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news, and youth programming. Highlights included USA’s first-year hacker hit MR. ROBOT taking the crown for Outstanding New Program, and Netflix’s controversial docu-series MAKING A MURDERER winning Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. 

FX emerged as one of the evening’s biggest winners on the strength of its celebrated true crime thriller THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, which snagged three awards including Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials; Individual Achievement in Drama, given to star Sarah Paulson for her stunning portrayal of troubled head prosecutor Marcia Clark; and the night’s top honor of Program of the Year. Rounding out the network’s big night was acclaimed Soviet spy thriller THE AMERICANS, which captured the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama for the second consecutive year.

Additionally, ABC’s BLACK-ISH received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy; Rachel Bloom, star of The CW’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, claimed the award for Individual Achievement in Comedy; TBS’ freshman comedy show FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE earned top honors for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information; and the PBS animated series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD won Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. 

The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award upon CBS’ groundbreaking 1970s sitcom THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW for the tremendous cultural and social impact it has had on society, and presented legendary comedy pioneer Lily Tomlin with a Career Achievement Award for her diverse television legacy that spans over 50 years and includes seven Emmy wins, and unforgettable roles in classic series such as ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-INMURPHY BROWNTHE MAGIC SCHOOL BUSTHE WEST WING, and GRACE AND FRANKIE, among others.

“This was truly a landmark season—not just for television, but for women in television,” said Amber Dowling, TCA President. “We had an unprecedented amount of female winners this year, which is a testament to both the talented actresses who were honored tonight, as well as to the growing number of high-quality roles being created for and by women. It’s extremely encouraging to see this growing trend being embraced, accepted, and expanded upon, and I look forward to seeing even more of it in the future.”

Photographs from the TCA Awards are available at .

2016 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

  • Individual Achievement in Drama: Sarah Paulson (THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, FX) 
  • Individual Achievement in Comedy: Rachel Bloom (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, The CW)
  • Outstanding Achievement in News and InformationFULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE (TBS)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Reality ProgrammingMAKING A MURDERER (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth ProgrammingDANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD(PBS) 
  • Outstanding New ProgramMR. ROBOT (USA)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and SpecialsTHE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
  • Outstanding Achievement in DramaTHE AMERICANS (FX) – second consecutive year
  • Outstanding Achievement in ComedyBLACK-ISH (ABC)
  • Career Achievement Award: Lily Tomlin
  • Heritage AwardTHE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (CBS)
  • Program of the YearTHE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX) 

ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION

The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. This year’s TCA Awards are the organization’s 32nd anniversary. For additional information about the TCA, visit www.tvcritics.orgFacebook; and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, follow tweets with the hashtag #TCA16.

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