The winners of the 2017 TCA Awards were announced on Sunday, August 5, in Los Angeles. Freshmen series like “Atlanta,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “This Is Us” took the top honors, while Carrie Coon made history by winning two different awards. She brought home the top honor in dramatic acting for dual performances this year (“Fargo” and “The Leftovers”). Carrie gave an intense competition to “Big Little Lies” actress Nicole Kidman, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss, and “The Crown” actor Claire Foy. She also beat out “Feud” stars Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, and “This Is Us” actor K.


‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This is Us,’ and ‘Atlanta’ won different awards

Hulu’s dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” received both the Program of the Year honor and the Dramatic Achievement trophy. NBC’s family sitcom, “This is Us” won the prizes for new series. On the comedy side, FX’s show “Atlanta” took the individual achievement in drama honor as well as the comedic achievement trophy. Donald Glover was forefront throughout the award ceremony with his drama series “Atlanta.”

The Handmaid's Talehas received acclaim from television critics. Based on a novel of the same name, this series stars Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Madeline Brewer, Max Minghella, O. T. Fagbenle, Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley.

This is Us” explores the lives of several people who share the same birthday and how they are similar and dissimilar. The ensemble cast stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Ron Cephas Jones, and Chris Sullivan. Earlier this year, NBC renewed the series for two additional seasons of eighteen episodes each, for a total of thirty-six additional episodes.

In so many areas, “Atlanta” has set the bar exceptionally high. The series is praised for its production and excellent star performances. Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz and Keith Stanfield play the leading characters in this series.

Other shows that received awards

ABC’s sitcom “Speechless” received an award in the youth program category, while “Big Little Lies” won a prize in the specials, miniseries and movies category.

A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” was named as the best reality TV show in 2017, while ESPN’s documentary “O.J.: Made in America” came away with the prize for news and information.

All in all, it was an exciting night for television critics, offering a large number of programming that had a little something for everyone. The 2017 TCA Awards reinvigorated the television landscape with bold and innovative subjects that we did not see before.