Battlestar Galactica has defeated Lost to win the Television Critics Assocation ‘Program of the Year’ Award at the 25th Annual TCA Awards.
True Blood was another notable, beating Fringe to win the TCA Award for ‘Outstanding New Program’.
The TCA Awards are unlike most other award ceremonies. Whereas the Emmy’s (for example) require submissions to be considered the TCA Awards don’t. TV camera’s aren’t allowed into the event and there’s no red carpet spectacle. The winners are chosen according to what critics actually like, so in essence the TCA Awards are a ‘popularity’ contest between critics that takes place largely behind closed doors.
Whilst the Emmy’s have stringent submission guidelines and those submissions that are nominated are often determined by people who may never have watched the show, the TCA Awards have no such limitation. On one hand you could argue this makes the TCA Awards more relevant than the Emmy’s since show’s that might otherwise be ignored or snubbed will have a greater chance of being included in the mix.
On the other hand, unlike more prestigious award events the TCA Awards suffer from their own decision to withhold coverage and, as a result, the potential value of the awards is largely lost on anyone except those who are already actively interested in the industry. Let’s face it, the average person doesn’t have a clue what a TCA Award is.
Yet, this year the TCA Awards have recognized Battlestar Galactica and for that, genre fans will certainly take notice.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of both Battlestar Galactica and True Blood.