Television Critics Association Awards Nominations Announced

While award season for television isn’t as long or as bountiful as that for movies (Oscars, Golden Globes, Producers’ Guild, SAG Awards, Directors’ Guild, Writers’ Guild, etc., etc.), there are a few that lead up to the awarding of Emmys in September. The largest each year that covers the same season as the Emmys (the Golden Globes and SAG Awards both honor TV as well as movies, but for the same season that the previous Emmys covered) are those handed out by the Television Critics Association (TCA). You may not have heard of the TCA, but if you read any full-time television critic from a major newspaper, magazine or website, chances are that critic is a member of the TCA. These are people who eat, breathe and sleep television for a living, so I always look forward to their award nominations because they are usually watching a lot more TV than the members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (who nominate and vote on the Emmy awards), and often have more nuanced opinions of what really is the best programming on television. Although, one word of caution, the TCA did choose Heroes as its “Program of the Year” in 2007, so even they are fallible.

Now, as the TCA doesn’t have a three-hour televised awards show to produce, there are a lot fewer categories (and none for creators like writers, directors, scenic designers, etc., which is a total bummer). In fact, there is no segregation of “leading” from “supporting” performances, nor women from men. Further, the TCA includes awards like the “Heritage Award” which “recognizes a program whose content has had a positive impact on society and popular culture beyond the boundaries of TV,” which is kind of awesome in my book, as it more truly reflects the reach of certain shows. So, without further adieu, this year’s nominees (with my picks in picture form):

Individual achievement in drama:
Bryan Cranston (‘Breaking Bad,’AMC)
John Lithgow (“Dexter,” Showtime)
Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” CBS)
Aaron Paul (‘Breaking Bad,’AMC)
Katey Sagal (‘Sons of Anarchy,’FX)

Individual achievement in comedy:
Ty Burrell (‘Modern Family,’ABC)
Jane Lynch (‘Glee,’Fox)
Nick Offerman (‘Parks and Recreation,’NBC)
Jim Parsons (‘The Big Bang Theory,’CBS)
Eric Stonestreet (‘Modern Family,’ABC)

Outstanding achievement in news & information:
’30 for 30′(ESPN)
‘America: The Story of Us'(History Channel)
“Life” (Discovery Channel)
‘The Daily Show'(Comedy Central)
‘The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding achievement in youth programming:
‘Dinosaur Train'(PBS)
‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars'(Cartoon Network)
‘Word Girl'(PBS)
‘Yo Gabba Gabba'(Nick Jr.)

Outstanding new program:
‘Modern Family'(ABC)
‘The Good Wife'(CBS)

Outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials:
‘Life'(Discovery Channel)
‘Temple Grandin'(HBO)
‘The Pacific'(HBO)
‘Torchwood: Children of Earth'(BBC America)
‘You Don’t Know Jack'(HBO)

Outstanding achievement in drama:
‘Breaking Bad'(AMC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
‘Sons of Anarchy'(FX)
‘The Good Wife'(CBS)

Outstanding achievement in comedy:
‘Modern Family'(ABC)
‘Parks and Recreation'(NBC)
‘Party Down'(Starz)
‘The Big Bang Theory'(CBS)

Career achievement:
James Garner
Bill Moyers
Sherwood Schwartz
William Shatner
Dick Wolf

Heritage award:
‘Law & Order’
‘Twin Peaks’

Program of the year:
‘Breaking Bad'(AMC)
“Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
‘Modern Family'(ABC)

Modern Family leads the way with five nominations. Breaking Bad is next with four. What do you think of the chosen nominees? Anything jump out at you as odd? Any big snubs? What do you think of the Heritage and Career Achievement awards? How about the fact that the Career Achievement award is competitive?! How do you think these will line up with the Emmy nominations being released on July 8th? Please leave your comments below, and be sure to check out TVOvermind all summer for awards analysis and all important TV news.



(Hat Tip: Alan Sepinwall)

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