The Americans and Breaking Bad Lead the TCA Awards Nominations

It was only a few weeks ago that an association of television critics nominated a bunch of television shows for the Critics' Choice Awards. Now some critics are nominating a bunch of television shows for the Television Critics Association Awards. TOTALLY DIFFERENT!

The nominations for the TCA Awards were announced today, and you'll notice a lot of similarities to the nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards, with a few exceptions due to the TCA Awards not separating categories by gender. Thanks to The Americans, FX leads all networks with seven total nods, a first for the network at the TCA Awards (and probably all other awards shows too, I'm guessing). 

Let's take a look at all the nominees in the important categories, complain about them, and then begrudgingly make a case for which show should win!


PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
The Walking Dead, AMC

Didn't I complain about Justified not making this category at the Critics' Choice Awards? Yep, so I'm going to be consistent and complain about it not making this category here. Given critics' love for Homeland, it's a shock that it's also not nominated, but them's critics for ya. Loving you one day, leaving you the next. I'm stifling my laughter over The Walking Dead appearing on this list. Really? TWD? Who's in this TCA thing anyway? (Full disclosure, they didn't let me in their little club last time i applied so screw 'em.) Let's flip a coin between The Americans and Game of Thrones here. 


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
Mad Men, AMC

So I guess House of Cards and The Walking Dead are good enough for Program of the Year consideration but not for Outstanding Achievement in Drama consideration? Already there's a problem with these awards! And look, no comedies in the Program of the Year category! So we're just doubling up on drama categories for no reason at all. This makes no sense. That's why the TCAs should let me take over. First order of business: Get me a cool parking spot. Second order of business: Include Louie on the list of nominees for Program of the Year. Anyway, just re-read the blurb above for this category, as it applies here, too.


INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Monica Potter, Parenthood (NBC)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

I'm fully on-board with the TCA Awards' mixed-gender categories because I don't just think women are equal to men, I think they're much better. Need proof? Three women to two men! Take that, you overrated sex with dangly parts! Just like with the Critics' Choice Awards, we're seeing love for Tatiana Maslany, and I'm pretty psyched for that. Would I have put chosen Vera Farmiga or Monica Potter over Claire Danes? Probably not, but I understand that both women are doing wonderful work on their respective shows. I thought I needed to be extra vocal about Matthew Rhys to get him nominated for things, but apparently others also think he's great in a wig. And of course there's Bryan Cranston, who had some great moments last year in Breaking Bad's shortened run. But I'm still handing this to Maslany because her wacko performance as multiple Orphan Black characters is still fresh in my mind. 



OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Louie, FX
New Girl, Fox
Parks and Recreation, NBC
Veep, HBO

Only two of these shows make me ELL-OH-ELL, and they're Louie and Veep. But Louie makes me feel things, too, so I'm going with the aging, balding, redheaded dude. Though it must be said that if Enlightened is categorized as a comedy, it definitely belongs here. Are you all sick of me yapping about Enlightened yet? 


INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Jake Johnson, New Girl (Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Basically this list includes the funniest person from all the shows that were nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, but swap out the "uncool" nerds of The Big Bang Theory for the chic pick in Dunham. And yes, I think Jake Johnson is funnier than Max Greenfield, so it's great to see him recognized here. As great as Louis C.K. is, his strength is in his writing more than his acting. Meanwhile, Julia Louis-Dreyfus remains hilarious on Veep, so in my mind she wins by a nose. Though I have to point out that if Laura Dern were on this list, she'd get my vote for crafting one of the best characters on television in Enlightened's Amy Jellicoe. 


NEW PROGRAM

The Americans, FX
Elementary, CBS
House of Cards, Netflix
The Mindy Project, Fox
Orphan Black, BBC America

A few months ago, I would have said The Americans was the easy pick, but Orphan Black was absolutely terrific and so different from anything else on television. So picking a winner for this category is like choosing between two children, so I'll go with The Americans and hope Orphan Black doesn't see. And just to echo what many of you in the comments will be saying, "Hannibal didn't get nominated!? WTF OMG!!"


OUTSTANDING MOVIE, MINISERIES OR SPECIAL

American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Downton Abbey, PBS
Rectify, Sundance Channel
Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

Wait, Downton Abbey is back to being a miniseries? Breaking Bad has an eight-episode season and it's a drama series, but Downton Abbey has an eight-episode season and it's a miniseries? Hmm. Anyway, Rectify, dude. 


And I'll let you talk among yourselves about the rest of the categories...


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING

The Amazing Race, CBS
The Glee Project, Oxygen
Shark Tank, ABC
Survivor, CBS
The Voice, NBC


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING

Adventure Time, Cartoon Network
Bunheads, ABC Family
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS
Sesame Street, PBS
Switched at Birth, ABC Family


NEWS AND INFORMATION

60 Minutes, CBS
Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
Central Park Five, PBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC


HERITAGE AWARD

All In the Family, CBS
Lost, ABC
Saturday Night Live, NBC
Star Trek, NBC
Twin Peaks, ABC


CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

James L. Brooks
James Burrows
Jay Leno
William Shatner
Barbara Walters


The TCA Awards will be held on August 3. What do you think of this year's nominees?

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Enough with vampires and the walking dead!!! Let's award the shows that feature great writing; great acting and believable storylines. You know, things that could happen to any one of us.
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Elementary has to be the most head-scratching inclusion in here, especially over Hannibal.
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Tim, I'm sorry, but it's pretty obvious that Program of the Year has nothing to do with programming and everything to do with the impact the show has had on television as a whole. The Walking Dead has broken RECORDS. The makeup effects on the show have been AMAZING. The acting -- especially Andrew Lincoln's, I don't care what anyone says -- has been TOPNOTCH.

The storylines this scene have been maybe a little dull, a little dragged down... Whatever you complain about. Fine. But to ignore the impact that TWD has had on cable television is stupid and ignorant just because of some grudge you have against the show. Robert Kirkman has never claimed to be writing anything more than a drama with zombies. This is not a zombie show with drama as some people keep forgetting; it's the other way around. And Program of the Year has nothing to do with the storytelling anyway.

Those numbers don't lie. And I really, really, really hope you don't do the reviews next season for your own happiness. You seem beyond bitter over this show for some reason. So, please, pass on this assignment to someone else who won't be so angry every time they even think of the title name. I love this show, and I have pointed out its flaws time and time again, but I'm also not blinded by unnecessary hate to not be able to understand why TWD is getting these nods. It's obvious if you would just stop seeing red.
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I came here to say the exactly same thing. Program of the Year is likely more about the trascendence of one TV Show and not so much about how crazily good it is. (Not that those two things can't be at the same time however).
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Whoopsie Daisy...I forgot to mention the fantastic UK-shows Black Mirror and Mad Dogs.
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Breaking Bad all the waaaaay!!!! It's all about the "better than sex"- feeling I'm after.
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Tatiana Maslany won a Critics' Choice Award! (Against Claire Danes and Vera Farmiga!!) Hopefully she'll win a TCA Award too.
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"Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)", finally this woman gets some recognition. hmph!!
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Hannibal didn't get nominated!? WTF OMG!!
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The Walkind Dead is absolutely perfect as program of the year, considering the results it made (rating-wise). It is also perfectly suited that it is completely absent from any other category.
Of course one could wonder why critics give an award for something called "program of the year"...
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Tatiana to win all awards this season! she already has one in the bag!
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She definitely does a solid job.

She does a much better job than Eliz Dushku did on Dollhouse; and Eliza did alright. In that show, Eliza had to play a different person every week; each with a completely different personality. However since each personality was a one-off, none of them really got the dedication needed to make them truly unique. But they were unique enough: tone of voice, language, flirty-movement versus uptight business, etc. But nowhere near the level of small details Tatiana puts in.

Pursed lips, speaking habits, walking, etc. Which is I guess easier when you only have to worry about like 5 or so in the short-term.

However... I don't know how sustainable this will be if they keep introducing new clones unless they start killing more of the older ones. Otherwise, trying to juggle too many different styles / personalities is going to hit a limit and the quality will start going down.
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If Parks and Rec. doesn't make you "ELL-OH-ELL" then I don't know what will.
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I Think the TCA awards are much more worth than the emmys, but I still hope of Tatiana Maslany winning everything... except for the best series... Breaking bad (although in my opinion it would be Dexter for Season 7)
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Congratulations to Tatiana Maslany for winning at the CCAs. I hope the Emmy voters take notice of the amazing work she's done.
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I honestly can't stop smiling. Really happy for her and she deserves it.
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I agree. She deserves all the love she's getting right now. I hope the win convinces even more people to watch her on Orphan Black.
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Anything that has to do with New Girl and Parks and Rec get my votes - also, love Orphan Black
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Tatiana Maslany won!!!
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Sorry I stopped reading after I saw TWD on the first list. I have nothing against the show, I even watch it but its embarrassing to see it in the same list as Breaking Bad or GOT.
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Then you're missing the point of what Program of the Year means (or should mean).
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From what I understood by just now reading Wikipedia is an award given by critics for excellence in television. TWD is a solid tv show, extremely entertaining, but by no means in the same league as the other shows on that list. I also have doubts about House of cards,which I also watch btw. On the top of my head I would say Justified, Homeland,Boardwalk Empire, Banshee are all far superior to TWD.
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ctrl + f amy poehler

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You may want to "ctrl + f" again.
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Heh, the opening paragraph of this article recalled the Judean People's Front / People's Front of Judea gag from Monty Python's Life of Brian. Thanks for that.
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Wait how do they decide which shows get to be in the "Heritage Award" category? There doesn't seem to be a time limit and SNL is still on the air?
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Some thoughts:

Orphan Black!!

Aden Young and Stephen Colbert were both left out of their respective categories.

If Walking Dead can be on the best of the year list, then Banshee totally deserves to be.

Lena Dunham is about as funny as a bag of rocks. Anne Heche deserves it for Save Me.

Its a toss between Jay Leno and Shatner for lifetime achievement. Not that I care about either of them just I can see it playing out either way.

Rachel Maddow FTW

Of course Justified is a great show but this season was not its best, though Walter Goggins deserves a nod individually.
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There are plenty of shows missing, but the love for Orphan Black warms my heart. Now if only the bigger award shows recognize it and Maslany. Also, Breaking Bad is awesome and The Americans was pretty great.
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Breaking Bad for everything it is nominated for except individual achievement in drama which belongs to Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black. Anything not won by Breaking Bad or Tatiana can go to GoT.

comedy: happy with Parks n Recs (or TBBT)--but Archer should win (not even nominated)

Best new program: ORPHAN BLACK (wtf--> Banshee wasn't nominated...lol)

Mini-sereies: Rectify is NOT a miniseries or a movie...same goes for Downtown Abbey. I'd vote season 2 of AHS since it is totally different then season 1 so it fits imo with a miniseries. Top of the Lake was good but not as good as AHS. I LOVE Rectify but how the hell can it be considered a miniseries when season 2 was announced? WTF?

Reality: I guess Survivor (or Amazing Race). I like the manipulation of Survivor but also like the scenery in AR

Youth: don't watch any. Is Bunheads a "youth show"? People recommend it but now I wonder....

News: I don't care

Heritage: probably Star Trek even though I haven't seen many. Twin Peaks went downhill and Lost had the worst finale (well, TWD had almost as bad a finale...I can't believe TWD this season made the list in any category except zombie special effects which I don't think is a category). Sorry to all the offended TWD fans and I like the show but this season wasn't that great imo.

POI and Hannibal deserve to be on the list in at least one category. Argh...Hannibal isn't even reviewed on this site...is it?



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Also Rectify FTW hands down now questions asked. And who know the Critics where a bunch of liberals, nobody could have called that.
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Even if some of my favorite shows didn't make the cut(Homeland, Justified) I have to applaud for the love given to Maslany and Orphan Black as the surprise new hit of the season. I just don't know if it beats Brian Cranson and Breaking Bad even if it is fresher in the memory. Id have to marathon them back to back and then it would still be a hard choice. Is it harder to play 5 characters really good or play 1 character amazingly awesome?
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To be fair, didn't Homeland already get its round of season 2 awards earlier this year? I started watching it way late, but I thought there was an abnormal gap in between season 2 and season 3 (I have to wait until the end of September, what?! ) so maybe that explains the lack of noms.

I guess I need to start watching this Orphan Black...

I too am upset by the lack of Hannibal. All my lovins go to The Americans right now. I'm also psyched for Monica Potter's nom, she deserves it.

(Also wtf, since when is Bunheads a kids show?!)
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Awards--meh, if they don't pick what I like they're full of shit--so, they're full of shit. I do, of course, like some of these, Like Juliia Louis and Orphan Black, but the whole awards thing is just done to death--John Laroquette for Night Court...
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First, any category which doesn't have Orphan Black in it is bunk.Yes, even the comedy.Okay maybe the one with TBBT because of Jim Parsons would be the exception.The americans on top blling is a very bad joke, it maybe good but not that good.This goes to show that when a network puts mucho donaros behind its series, results happen. The only major conflict I have is the Heritage award.Twin Peaks is my all-time favorite tv series bar none; but then there is that close second with Star Trek and even narrower third with Lost.Now I am going to lose sleep because of you, TCA! I hope you're happy.
And also no Bansheeeeeeeeee. that's on Cory Barker for not telling us he will review the second season. Very disappointed.Yep.
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No Banshee? These awards are all a joke...long live Bansheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!
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Hannibal didn't get nominated!? WTF OMG!!
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lol, but really, should this show get a nomination?
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Bunheads is youth programming? OK, I just thought it was a family drama... with teenage ballet dancers. And what the hell is a Heritage award? Their award seasons are long past. Let the dinosaurs lie. The whole Awards seems a bit made up/imaginary/not real/crock and bull.
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I couldn't help but read this in a Tobias voice...
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I believe Bunheads is toast, they're just too scared to say so. Sure hope I'm wrong, best new show of the century...
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Show of the Century....hmmm bit of a overstatement. Also a little bit creepy considering you avatar is Dexter and the show is about teenage ballet dancers. But I did enjoy its season and hope it gets another, although I fear you are right.
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Bunheads isn't really about teenage ballet dancers, if they cut out every scene that was purely about the teenagers you'd barely notice. The students are there as filler so that we don't get Michelle and Fanny fatigue.
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I judge it by how much I enjoy it and there's nothing creepy about it. I'm sure Dex would say the same...
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I thought it was a comedy... Anyway I'm just happy it's nominated :D well deserved!
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