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The Winners of the 2020 Television Critics Awards
September 15, 2020  | By Mike Hughes  | 1 comment
 


HBO's Watchmen is the big winner in the annual Television Critics Association Awards.

The show – merging fantasy, action and racial commentary – was named Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Movie, Miniseries and Specials, and Outstanding New Program. Its star, Regina King (top), won the Individual Achievement in Drama award.

That was part of a year dominated by cable, with only two exceptions: Molly of Denali, a new animated show on PBS, won Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, and Cheer, on the Netflix streaming services, won the Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming award. Otherwise, it was all cable.

Both historical awards, however, reflected the past dominance of broadcast. Star Trek won the Heritage Award, while Alex Trebek, 80 – who has been hosting Jeopardy since it was revived in 1984 – was the Career Achievement Award Honoree.

Designed as a sequel to a graphic novel, Watchmen begins with the real-life massacre of blacks in 1921 Tulsa, then jumps to a time when white-supremacists are at war with the Tulsa police. The police officers (including King's character) wear masks, to protect their identities. The show was planned as a series, but then became a self-contained, nine-episode story. HBO entered it as a mini-series, allowing its Succession to win Outstanding Achievement in Drama.

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Program of the YearWatchmen, HBO.
Outstanding Achievement in DramaSuccession, HBO.
Outstanding Achievement in ComedySchitt's Creek, Pop TV.
Outstanding Achievement in Movie, Miniseries and SpecialsWatchmen, HBO
Outstanding New ProgramWatchmen, HBO.
Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety ShowsA Black Lady Sketch Show, HBO.
Outstanding Achievement in News and InformationThe Last Dance, ESPN.
Outstanding Achievement in Youth ProgrammingMolly of Denali, PBS.
Outstanding Achievement in Reality ProgrammingCheer, Netflix.
Individual Achievement in Drama: Regina King, Watchmen, HBO.
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek, Pop TV.
Career Achievement Honoree: Alex Trebek.
Heritage AwardStar Trek (CBS).

The awards were announced Monday, Sept. 14, six days before ABC hosts the Emmy awards.

 
 
 
 
 
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mark isenberg
HBO takes many chances like the current up and down Lovecraft Country but great tribute to health challenged Alex Trebek!
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