"Key & Peele" stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele hosted the show, opening with their routine featuring President Obama and his "anger translator," Luther. Luther, played by Key, wondered why they were "hosting an award show that isn't even televised."
From there they took on subjects like Netflix's refusal to release its viewership numbers. He also wondered why "Key & Peele" wasn't nominated for any TCA Awards.
"Let's not get too meta here," said Peele, as Obama.
The low profile of the TCA Awards relative to other, televised ceremonies was a subject of frequent jokes.
"I'd never heard of TCA -- I'm in the movie business -- until about six months ago," said producer Jerry Weintraub, accepting the award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.
"Louie" star Louis C.K. appeared in person to accept the award for Individual Achievement in Comedy. C.K. thanked critics for helping small, quality shows along as they establish themselves. He also praised Lear and Reiner.
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan also thanked critics for supporting his show in its low-rated first season. Star Bryan Cranston recalled how 40 or 50 people on the crew shaved their heads in solidarity with him when his character, Walter White, shaved his.