‘Angels, ‘Arrested’ Shine at TCA Awards

Jul 18, 2004  •  Post A Comment

HBO’s sweeping AIDS saga “Angels in America” and Fox’s quirky family comedy “Arrested Development” cleaned up at the Television Critics Association Awards Saturday night, winning two awards each.

“Angels” executive producer and director Mike Nichols accepted awards for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series and Specials and for Program of the Year. He called putting together “Angels” the “happiest two years of my working life.”

“Arrested Development” executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz accepted awards for Outstanding New Program and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. “The Sopranos” won for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, while “Nick News” won for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming.

There were some surprises in the individual acting categories. Ricky Gervais won in Individual Achievement in Comedy for his portrayal of an impossible boss in BBC America’s “The Office,” and Ian McShane won in Individual Achievement in Drama for his work on HBO’s “Deadwood.” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” was named the winner for Outstanding Achievement in News & Information; it was nominated last year in the Comedy category.

The Heritage Award went to “60 Minutes,” while the Career Achievement Award went to “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt.

The awards came only hours after a meeting of TCA members in which the group discussed ads run in the awards ceremony booklet. More than $10,000 was raised from ads bought by many of the major networks. TCA plans to apologize for the ads, and is trying to decide whether it should return the networks’ money.