July 19, 2014 6:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Critics Award 'The Good Wife,' 'True Detective,' 'RuPaul' and Give 'Breaking Bad' a Big Sendoff
A smattering of Emmy make-goods and perhaps a bit of prognosticating, winners of the 2014 Television Critics Association Awards run the gamut from the expected (True Detective and Orange Is the New Black) to complete surprises (RuPaul's Drag Race).
Perhaps the biggest referendum among the 13 honorees is The Good Wife. The CBS drama, coming off of a critically-lauded sixth season, earned the kudo for outstanding achievement in drama. That honor comes just a week after its absence from the list of Emmys best drama nominees was called out as one of the bigger snubs. ("I admit it, I'm still really pissed," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler told the same crowd just days earlier.)
PHOTOS 2014 Emmy Nominees
The Good Wife was one of just three broadcast series getting any love during Saturday's private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Fox's Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey earned a news and information nod, and NBC's Saturday Night Live walked away with the Heritage Award.
RuPaul's Drag Race nabbed a historic win in taking Outstanding Reality Series and beating fellow nominees like The Amazing Race and The Voice. Entering its seventh season on LOGO, this is only the second formal accolade RuPaul has received for the competition series. It took best reality series at the GLAAD Awards in 2010, shortly after its premiere. An elaborate face-off for drag queens, Drag Race has become something of a cultural phenomenon, even prompting an all-stars season for fan-favorite contestants.
HBO's True Detective and Veep were the only series to get multiple awards. Matthew McConaughey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus walked away with the TCA Awards' lone acting kudos; True Detective scored a win for miniseries (despite its series status at the Emmys), and Veep shared a comedy victory with FX's Louie.
Orange Is the New Black scored outstanding new program, and Breaking Bad received a warm TCA goodbye during its final year of eligibility. The late AMC drama was named program of the year for the second year in a row.
The Complete List of TCA Awards Winners
Individual Achievement in Drama
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective, HBO)
Individual Achievement in Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX and National Geographic Channel)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
RuPaul’s Drag Race (LOGO)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
The Fosters (ABC Family)
Outstanding New Program
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
True Detective (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
The Good Wife (CBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
(Tie) Veep (HBO) and Louie (FX)
Career Achievement Award
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Program of the Year
Breaking Bad (AMC) — second consecutive