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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. • Saturday night, in the same Beverly Hilton ballroom where the Golden Globes are handed out, the Television Critics Association honored the best shows and performers of the year.
Unlike the Golden Globes, the TCA Awards are not televised, so a good time is had by all. Honorees are happy to attend and mingle, out of the glare of TV cameras and without the pressure of a red carpet.
Kristin Chenoweth was host of this year's TCA Awards and went all out, appearing first in a red robe from "The Handmaid's Tale," to the delight of the Hulu drama's cast.
Chenoweth lobbied to change the name of the awards to the Chenoweths, or Chennies for short, saying the new name was more memorable.
In her finest moment, she sang "For Good" from "Wicked" and, as she does when she tours, called a member of the audience up to join her in a duet.
In this case, her song partner was St. Louisan Sterling K. Brown of NBC's "This Is Us," who acquitted himself very well. ("I can carry a tune," he said modestly afterward.) Even Brown's wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, was surprised by the bit, which had been prepped in secret.
"This Is Us" was named outstanding new program of the year.
In other highlights:
• Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" won both for outstanding achievement in drama and as program of the year. "I've always wanted to work on a show my children could watch," executive producer Bruce Miller said. "This isn't it."
• Carrie Coon won for individual achievement in drama for HBO's "The Leftovers" and FX's "Fargo." "I feel like I cheated a little by being on two truly exceptional shows," Coon said. Her date for the evening was her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts ("August, Osage County").
• FX's "Atlanta" won for outstanding achievement in comedy, but star-writer-producer Donald Glover couldn't attend. "He's in a galaxy far, far away," Glover's brother Stephen, a writer and editor on "Atlanta," said in accepting for Donald, who is shooting the new "Star Wars" movie.
• ABC's "Speechless" was honored for youth programming, and creator Scott Silveri used his acceptance to gloat over beating the animated "Doc McStuffins."
• HBO's "Big Little Lies" won for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials, and executive producer Reese Witherspoon accepted, reading a note from fellow executive producer Nicole Kidman in a version of Kidman's Australian accent.
• ESPN's "O.J.: Made in America" was honored in the news and information category, and A&E's "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" for reality programming. "I always hoped to win something for comedy," Remini said.
The career achievement award went to Ken Burns; "Seinfeld" was honored with the heritage award.
Gail Pennington • 314-340-8136
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