TV’s best honored with 2023 TCA Awards, ‘Succession’ takes its place with ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ & Mel Brooks

 The Television Critics Association (TCA) revealed the winners of the organization’s 39th Annual TCA Awards celebrating the best on TV. 

 Wanting to acknowledge outstanding programs and performances from the 2022-23 television season, instead of TCA’s annual in-person ceremony, the winners were announced online. This was due to the cancelation of TCA’s summer press tour, caused by the WGA and SAG strikes in Hollywood.

  Succession got the Program Of The Year and Outstanding Achievement In Drama honors for the acclaimed (HBO/MAX) final season of the dysfunctional dynasty boardroom epic. The Heritage Award went to the trailblazing Carol Burnett Show, considered to be one of the greatest television shows of all time.

  Mel Brooks became this year’s Career Achievement recipient. The comedy icon’s tremendous impact and influence continues to be felt throughout the industry today. Brooks’ career began in 1950 as a writer for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show Of Shows.” He co-created the landmark TV comedy “Get Smart,” and helmed many movie classics.

  In addition, Better Call Saul’s Rhea Seehorn won the Individual Achievement In Drama honor, while Poker Face star Natasha Lyonne won Individual Achievement In Comedy for her  quirky portrayal of a crime-solving cocktail waitress. Freshman restaurant dramedy The Bear earned wins for Outstanding New Program and Outstanding Achievement In Comedy.

 It continued to be a strong year for high-concept comedies, as Netflix’s hit I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson returned to claim its second-consecutive Outstanding Achievement In Variety, Talk, Or Sketch Award. And Amazon Freevee’s Jury Duty took the prize for Outstanding Achievement In Reality.

 PBS’ poignant documentary The U.S. And The Holocaust earned Outstanding Achievement In News And Information for the brilliant filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, and Lynn Novick. Netflix’s Beef won Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries or Specials; and Disney+ dominated, the newly-debuted Outstanding Achievement In Children’s Programming and Outstanding Achievement In Family Programming categories for Bluey and Ms. Marvel, respectively.

“This was a landmark year for television, as we said goodbye to several powerhouse series while welcoming a new generation of shows and stars into this highly competitive landscape,” said Melanie McFarland, TV Critic for Salon and outgoing TCA President. “Whether established hits or first-year favorites, our honorees exemplify the strength of television and the unique depth that it allows creators to explore. Though we are unable to gather in 2023, we sincerely congratulate each of this season’s winners, and we hope to celebrate in-person in 2024.” Jacqueline Cutler, the newly elected TCA President, expressed that she’s “already working on our return to in-person tour” for the Television Critics.

  The awards were selected by the TCA membership of more than 200 TV journalists from across the U.S. and Canada. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year.

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.