“The Chair,” “The Jinx” take TCA awards

The Chair and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (pictured) were among this year's winners at the 31st Annual Television Critics Association Awards.
August 10, 2015

Starz docuseries The Chair and HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (pictured) were among this year’s winners at the 31st Annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards.

The Chair, which follows a roster of first-time film directors given the opportunity to direct projects adapted from their original screenplays, received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Exec produced by Chris Moore, Zachary Quinto and Josh Shader, the series also allows viewers to experience the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations. It was recently acquired by U.S. cable network Fusion and is to debut on August 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst walked away with the Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.

Directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki, co-written and shot by Marc Smerling and exec produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse, the six-episode miniseries exposed “long-buried information” during the filmmakers’ seven-year investigation into three murders allegedly committed by 71-year-old Robert Durst, son of the late New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst.

The results – which spotlight the best in reality, comedy, drama, miniseries, news and youth programming – were determined from votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprised of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists across the U.S. and Canada.

The winners were announced during TCA’s bi-annual conference on August 8.

Check out the complete list of winners here.

“This was truly a monumental year for television,” said Scott D. Pierce, TCA president and TV critic for The Salt Lake Tribune, said in a statement. “There were a lot of difficult choices to be made, but there’s no doubt that the nominees and winners all deserve their accolades. I’m excited to see what the next year of television has in store.”

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