The first Critics’ Choice Television Awards, held on 20 June 2011, made it the new kid in kudosfest television.
An offshoot of the Critics’ Choice Awards, which honor films, it was conceived to expand the reach of the Television Critics Association and the opportunity in the territory of the Television Critics Association. . The ceremony, chaired by Cat Deeley, was held at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast live on VH1. Two days later, an edited version aired on ReelzChannel. One of the categories is “most exciting new series” and there are eight honorable mentions (Smash and Alcatraz of them) but there is no winner. (The category was shut down in 2016.) All of that said, some well-deserved awards were handed out at the very first ceremony, including best TV series for Crazy men, AMC’s stylish hit set in the advertising world of 1960s New York City.
Accepting the award was series creator Matthew Weiner, then 45, who delighted audiences by saying, “Like a TV critic, I’m the champion of the underdog.” Crazy men was the evening’s biggest winner, taking home three trophies that night, including trophies for best actor (Jon Hamm) and best supporting actress (Christina Hendricks) in a TV series.
Before the ceremony, the Association of Broadcasting Critics praised itself as the best predictor of the Oscars and therefore certainly the best predictor of the Emmys. And yes, Crazy men went on to win Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmys that year. (This is the third year in a row it’s won that award, making it a safe bet.) Backstage at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Weiner and Hamm spoke to the panelists. journalist about the upcoming fifth season, which is an episode led by Hamm – his directorial debut.
In that episode, “Tea Leaves,” Jones’ Betty Draper was reintroduced for gaining significant weight. Development required the actress to wear a fat suit, which Weiner had worn her earlier to hide her real-life pregnancy. Years later, Jones recalls CHEAP Her reaction to his idea: “I just love it. … I play games for things like that. ”
This story first appeared in the independent November issue of The Hollywood Reporter. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.