10:14am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Friends,' Rita Moreno to be Recognized by TV Critics
The Television Critics Association has unveiled its honorees for its two most prestigious prizes ahead of its Aug. 4 ceremony.
The nonprofit group will honor Friends with its Heritage Award, while One Day at a Time star Rita Moreno will be feted with the TCA's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 34th annual awards will be presented Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Beverly Hilton, where 200 or so members of the press corps from across the country have gathered for the twice-yearly press tour. Robin Thede, who hosted BET"s The Rundown, will host the ceremony. BBC America's Killing Eve is the most-nominated series heading into the awards.
The announcement comes a day after Moreno charmed critics — which is no small accomplishment — on Sunday during a panel presentation for Netflix's One Day at a Time reboot.
"A singer, dancer and actor without peer, a veteran of comedy and drama, shows for the youngest of children and the most mature of adults, Rita Moreno has been one of the medium's most versatile performers for decades. I can't think of anybody more deserving of joining the ultra-rare EGOT club," TCA president (and The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic) Daniel Fienberg said.
The recognition for Friends arrives ahead of the 25th anniversary of its premiere the beloved comedy is poised to celebrate next year. The series continues to be adored by critics.
"We're also excited to honor Friends with our Heritage Award,” Fienberg added. “A show that reshaped television comedy for a generation, Friends is nearing the 25th anniversary of its premiere, but we just couldn't wait to say 'We'll be there for you' a year early."