"Fleabag" Wins Big At Television Critics Awards
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a scene from “Fleabag” (photo courtesy of Amazon)
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Amazon series Fleabag dominated the Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards proceedings on Saturday night (8/3), winning three honors: Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Individual Achievement in Comedy for series creator/EP/writer/actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The Fleabag series is adapted from a lauded play about a young woman (Waller-Bridge in the title role) trying to cope with life in London while coming to terms with a recent tragedy. The TCA recognition continues a stellar awards season for Fleabag which recently picked up 11 Emmy nominations.

Among other prime TCA Award winners were Russian Doll (Netflix) as Outstanding New Program, Better Call Saul (AMC) for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, Chernobyl (HBO) for Outstanding Achievement in Movie or Miniseries, and Leaving Neverland (HBO) for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information.

In terms of special honors, the TCA selected the groundbreaking Western series Deadwood as the recipient of the Heritage Award. Additionally, series creator David Milch was presented with the TCA Career Achievement honor. Blending factual diary entries and newspaper articles with a dose of creativity and imagination, Deadwood redefined the Western genre on television for a modern audience. On the strength of expert writing and painstaking attention to detail from Milch, and fueled by a talented ensemble featuring Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, Powers Boothe, Paula Malcomson, Gerald McRaney, John Hawkes, Kim Dickens and others, the series brought the legendary town of Deadwood, South Dakota, to stunning life as it welcomed viewers into a fully formed world populated by heroes, villains, and larger-than-life historical figures such as Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, George Hearst, and E.B. Farnum. During its three seasons, the series won eight Emmy® Awards and one Golden Globe, amassing a large and loyal fanbase whose continued passion for the program was instrumental in the creation of Deadwood: The Movie, which premiered to much fanfare this May.

The 35th Annual TCA Awards ceremony was emceed by the comedy duo Desus & Mero.

Here’s a category-by-category rundown of TCA Award winners.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon – FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag – Amazon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
Leaving Neverland – HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY
Queer Eye – Netflix (2018 Winner in Category)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Arthur – PBS Kids

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SKETCH/VARIETY SHOWS
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO (2018 Winner in Category)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Chernobyl – HBO

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
Russian Doll – Netflix

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Better Call Saul – AMC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Fleabag – Amazon

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Fleabag – Amazon

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