Who Would You Choose for the TCA Heritage Award?

Dick Van Dyke ShowEach year, members of the Television Critics Association (TCA) gather for two big press events, one in the summer and one in the winter. It’s a chance for the journalists who don’t live in Los Angeles to rub noses with TV producers, stars, and network executives.

Since 1984, the members of the TCA have voted for outstanding achievements in television with the awards handed out at the July press tour. In 2002, the TCA began honoring the iconic figures in TV with its Heritage Award. The four shows that have been nominated in this category are truly diverse and memorable. Which one would you choose?

Here’s the list of the TCA Awards nominees:

Heritage Award
1. All in the Family
2. Freaks and Geeks
3. The Dick Van Dyke Show
4. Twin Peaks

Career Achievement Award
1. Steven Bochco
2. Dick Ebersol
3. Cloris Leachman
4. David Letterman
5. William Shatner
6. Oprah Winfrey

Program of the Year
1. Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
2. Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
4. Justified (FX)
5. Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Outstanding New Program
1. Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
3. Terriers (FX)
4. The Killing (AMC)
5. Walking Dead (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
1. Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
3. Justified (FX)
4. Mad Men (AMC)
5. The Good Wife (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
1. Community (NBC)
2. Louie (FX)
3. Modern Family (ABC)
4. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
5. Raising Hope (FOX)

Individual Achievement in Drama
1. Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, HBO)
2. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, HBO)
3. Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
4. Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)
5. Margo Martindale (Justified, FX)
6. Timothy Olyphant (Justified, FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
1. Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)
2. Louis C.K. (Louis, FX)
3. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, NBC)
4. Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, NBC)
5. Danny Pudi (Community, NBC)
6. Jon Stewart (The Daily Show, Comedy Central)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
1. If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise (HBO)
2. Restrepo (National Geographic Channel)
3. 60 Minutes (CBS)
4. The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
5. 30 for 30 (ESPN)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
1. The Amazing Race (CBS)
2. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)
3. Survivor (CBS)
4. The Voice (NBC)
5. Top Chef: All Stars (Bravo)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
1. A Children’s Garden of Poetry (HBO)
2. iCarly (Nickelodeon)
3. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon)
4. R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (The Hub)
5. Sesame Street (PBS)
6. Yo Gabba Gabba (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
1. Cineme Verite (HBO)
2. Downton Abbey: Masterpiece (PBS)
3. Mildred Pierce (HBO)
4. Sherlock: Masterpiece (PBS)
5. Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Which shows or people would you vote if you were a member of the TCA — particularly the Heritage Award? Which category is your favorite?

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3 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    My choice would be All In The Family & that is my favorite category as well! Ground breaking & important & still hilarious to this day!

  2. Jeff says

    Definitely The Dick Van Dyke Show. Hands down. And no one deserves a career achievement award as much as the brilliant Cloris Leachman. On a side note, I love that the actor categories combine men and women. All awards should be like that. I’ve never understood the difference between their work.

  3. Jennifer says

    My choices would be:

    Heritage Award
    The Dick Van Dyke Show

    Career Achievement Award
    Cloris Leachman

    Program of the Year
    Justified (FX)

    Outstanding New Program
    Walking Dead (AMC)

    Outstanding Achievement in Drama
    Justified (FX)

    Individual Achievement in Drama
    Timothy Olyphant (Justified, FX)

    Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
    Sesame Street (PBS)

    Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
    Downton Abbey: Masterpiece (PBS)

    I skipped the reality and comedy categories as I dislike reality programming and don’t watch any of the comedy shows listed. I’d have to say my favorite categories are those related to drama as the majority of the programs I watch are scripted dramas. I’m thrilled to see Justified with so many nominations. It’s such a fine hour of television and I truly hope it walks away with tons of awards!

    The Heritage category was a no-brainer for me. I’m a huge Dick Van Dyke fan so it was no question as to my selection there. I was actually a little surprised to see Freaks and Geeks and Twin Peaks nominated with Dick Van Dyke and All in the Family. Both shows seem out of place with two television classics like DVD and AITF as I personally don’t consider either Freaks and Geeks or Twin Peaks to be “classics” in the same vein as the other two nominees.

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