'The Americans' Wins Big at TV Critics Awards

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FX's The Americans on Saturday ended its run on a high, taking home Television Critics Association Award wins in three of the four categories in which it was nominated, including program of the year.

Star Keri Russell took home the honor for individual achievement in drama as the dearly departed FX spy series, which headed into the 34th annual TCA Awards with the second-most nominations, was also recognized for outstanding achievement in drama as well as being named program of the year.

The Americans was the night's only multiple award winner. BBC America's Killing Eve — which entered the night with a leading five noms — was tapped as outstanding new program.

NBC's Mike Schur comedy The Good Place collected the prize for outstanding achievement in comedy, while Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan took home the individual achievement in comedy award.

HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won for achievement in sketch/variety shows (a new award this year), while CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was recognized for achievement in news and information.

HBO's Sesame Street was recognized for achievement in youth programming; Netflix's Queer Eye revival took home the top reality programming award; andin the miniseries category, the second season of FX's American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace took home the prize.

The non-televised event, hosted by Robin Thede, comedian and former host of BET's The Rundown, was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, home of the three-week TCA summer press tour that is currently underway. The awards were voted on by more than 200 television critics and journalists from the U.S. and Canada.

The nearly two-hour ceremony also saw the TCA recognize NBC's Friends with its highest honor, the Heritage Award, and present Rita Moreno with its Career Achievement Award.

"This year's TCA Awards offered the welcome opportunity to say goodbye to one of the era's most critically acclaimed shows in The Americans, a drama that combined espionage thrills, high emotional stakes and international intrigue that couldn't have been more current," said Daniel Fienberg, TCA president and The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic. "Our other winners included new shows like Killing Eve and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, rebooted shows like Queer Eye, the anthological darkness of another American Crime Story chapter and the hopefully timeless and unending wonder of Sesame Street. As we always say, TV offers something for every audience in 2018 and if you can't find anything to watch, you're not trying hard enough and you need to read some more TV critics!"

In perhaps a sign of the quality of programming in the Peak TV era, there wasn't a single repeat winner from last year.