More than a decade ago when we began The Word we realized that the tide had changed on television, especially when it came to award shows like the Emmys in which shows on premium networks or cable channels (and in today's case streaming services) were winning almost all of the awards. There are still a lot of quality shows on network TV that we thought deserved some added attention, so we created a TV awards solely for shows on the broadcast networks (those that you could put an old school antenna up and still watch).
Best Drama: This Is Us (NBC)
This is the second consecutive win for "This Is Us" and its fourth overall win in this category, which ties "Parenthood" for most all-time.
Best Comedy: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
This is the record fifth win in this category for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Best Variety/Talk Show: "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (CBS)
This is the second consecutive win for "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and its fourth overall win in the category, which ties "Late Show with David Letterman" for most all-time.
Best New Drama: "Around the World in 80 Days" (PBS)
Best New Comedy: "Grand Crew" (NBC)
Best Actor in a Drama: Justin Hartley (This Is Us)
This is Justin Hartley's second consecutive win in this category. It's his third Broady win overall (he previously won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for the same role)
Best Actress in a Drama: Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
This is Mandy Moore's second consecutive win in the category and record-breaking fourth overall.
Best Actor in a Comedy: Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
This is Anthony Anderson's second consecutive win and record-breaking third overall win in this category
Best Actress in a Comedy: Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)
This is Tracee Ellis Ross's record-tying second win in this category.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Jon Huertas (This Is Us)
This is Jon Huertas' first Broady win and nomination
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Susan Kelechi Watson
This is Susan Kelechi Watson's second win in this category. She's the first two-timer winner in this category.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Carl Tart (Grand Crew)
This is Carl Tart's first Broady win and first Broady nomination.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Caitlin McGee (Home Economics)
This is Caitlin McGee's first Broady win and second nomination
Best Guest Actor in a Drama: Griffin Dunne (This Is Us)
This is Griffin Dunne's third consecutive and record-tying overall win in this category.
Best Guest Actress in a Drama: Sandra Mae Frank (New Amsterdam)
This is Sandra Mae Frank's first Broady win and first Broady nomination.
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy: Craig Robinson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
This is Craig Robinson's first Broady win and second Broady nomination.
Best Guest Actress in a Comedy: Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
This is Chelsea Peretti's first Broady win and third Broady nomination.
Best Drama Episode: "Miguel" - This Is Us (NBC)
Directed by Zetna Fuentes
Written by Jonny Gomez
This is the record-breaking fourth win in this category for "This Is Us"
Best Comedy Episode: "The Last Day" - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
Directed by Linda Mendoza & Claire Scanlon
Written by Luke Del Tredici, Audrey E. Goodman & Dan Goor
This is the record-breaking third win in this category for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Hall of Fame Show: "Frasier"
What began as a spin-off of one of broadcast television's all-time greatest comedy series "Cheers" (this recipient of this honor in 2019) wound up being the most honored sitcom in Emmy Awards history with 37 wins.
Frasier Crane probably wasn't the most obvious choice of a "Cheers" character to make a spinoff go at with the hoity-toity psychologist serving as some high brow humor on the show about a Boston bar. But creators David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee had the brilliant idea of moving Frasier back home to Seattle to be with his also stuck-up, high brow brother Niles (an amazing David Hyde Pierce) and their blue collar, former police officer father Martin (the wonderful John Mahoney), who seemed in no way possible of having raised these two men (which is where much of the show's humor comes in). Rounding out the cast were Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, Martin's live-in physical therapist and future love interest to Niles and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, Frasier's producer at his radio psychology show.
"Frasier," which aired on NBC for 11 seasons from 1993-2004, is one of the standouts of NBC's "must-see TV" era and probably holds up today better than any sitcom of its era.
Hall of Fame Legend: Betty White
Betty White was not only a comedy legend in the world of Hollywood, she was truly THE pioneer. White, who died Dec. 31, 2021 at age 99, just 19 days shy of her 100th birthday, made the Guinness World Record in 2018 for the longest work streak in the medium of television. Her career spanned 1930 to 2021, being a part of all the major milestones that television has seen since it began. Simply put, up until this year, White has just always been there.
White was busy making iconic characters like the sultry and flirty Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the ditzy, but warm-hearted Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” In 1952, “Life with Elizabeth” debuted with White as the star, but also as the first woman to produce a sitcom. White is important to the history of television not only because of her longevity, but her comedic range, whether it was setting up a joke, delivering a cutting line or using her physical comedy to make her viewers laugh hysterically. What was always truly fascinating about White is as she aged, she never seemed past her prime or out of touch with modern comedy. She could still make people laugh, and would do anything for a laugh, as evidenced by the social media campaign urging “Saturday Night Live” to let her host in 2010. And naturally, White earned an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for it. Even though White is not physically here, she’s never going to leave. She’s cemented her legacy in her iconic sitcoms that truly helped shape society, whether it was the changing times of women striking out on their own in the workforces in ‘Moore’ or showing seniors as more than just stereotypical “older people” in ‘Golden.’ White deserves all the accolades, including this year’s honor of the Broady Awards pioneer in television.