With its sixth and final season having wrapped up in May, spy drama “The Americans” won Program of the Year at the 2018 Television Critics Awards at an August 4 gala.
“The Americans” could be in for a season of silverware after clinching three of the four accolades it was nominated for at the Television Critics Association’s annual awards ceremony.
Lead actress Keri Russell, who plays one half of a husband-and-wife Soviet spy pair deep undercover in residential Washington DC, received the award for Individual Achievement in Drama.
The show itself took not only Outstanding Achievement in Drama but also overall Program of the Year. The triple win bodes well for the September 17 Primetime Emmys at which “The Americans” likewise has four nominations.
Meanwhile, British intelligence agency thriller “Killing Eve” won the TCA’s Outstanding New Program, which “The Americans” had won during its debut 2013 season; “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won in the TV Movies, Miniseries and Specials section.
In comedy, afterlife adventure “The Good Place” won the category’s Outstanding Achievement prize, with the Individual Achievement award going to Rachel Brosnahan of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” was given the award for Achievement in News and Information, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” won the inaugural Achievement in Sketch / Variety Shows, “Queer Eye” clinched the Reality Programming prize, and “Sesame Street” received the Youth Programming award.
The 1994-2004 situation comedy “Friends” was this year’s winner of the Heritage Award, previously won by “Seinfeld”, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Cheers”, “The Sopranos”, “The West Wing”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Simpsons”, among others — it was first nominated for the award in 2004.
Finally, television, film and theater actress Rita Moreno of “West Side Story”, “The Electric Company”, “The Rockford Files”, “Oz” and the 2017 “One Day at a Time” remake was recognized with the TCA’s Career Achievement Award.