Amy Poehler


LOS ANGELES -- Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele killed, Katilyn Jenkins wept and Amy Poehler danced  Saturday night at the TV Critics Association awards show

The ceremony takes place at the Beverly Hilton, the same home of the Golden Globes, but with far less glamour. No red carpet, no official interviews and no paparazzi. But those conditions don't keep the stars away. In fact, it most likely encourages them to have a night where they can be celebrated without having to be "on" all evening.

The informal setting gave me a chance to hve dinner with "Parks and Recreation" star Retta, who talked at length about her passion for Twitter. I caught up with "The Americans" star Keri Russell, who I first met in her trailer for a new show called "Felicity" by some up and comer named JJ Abrams.

Also got a chance to meet Rob Reiner and Norman Lear, who were hilarious during the ceremonies, reading an excerpt of the Richard Nixon tapes, in which the president pans "All in the Family."

Key & Peele kicked off the event with their "angry" Obama bit, taking swips at Netflix and the awards themsevles.

Louie C.K. continued the mocking of the ceremonies by referring to the award as a "shitty piece of plastic."

Katilyn Jenkins choked up in accepting an award for the canceled series, "Bunheads.' She also greeted the audience with a pirouette, a move that didn't go unnoticed by Amy Poehler who twirled across the stage when "P & R" was recognized. Even Lear got into at the act with a few moves of his own.a

My evening was capped with a chat with "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan. Look for my extensive piece on his masterpiece next Sunday.

List of winners:

Program of the year: "Breaking Bad"

Outstanding drama: "Game of Thrones"

Outstanding comedy: "Parks and Recrea tion" and "Big Bang Theory" (tie)

New progam: "The Americans"

Outstanding achievement in drama: "Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"

Outstanding achievement in comedy: Louis C.K., "Louie"

Outstanding movie, mini-series, special: "Behind the Candelabra"

Career achievement award: Barbara Walters

Heritage award: "All in the Family"



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