'The Americans,' 'Breaking Bad' top the list of Television Critics Association Awards nominees


The Americans


The Television Critics Association announced their nominees for the twenty-ninth annual TCA Awards today and, to no one's surprise, 'The Americans' and 'Breaking Bad' have been featured heavily on the list of nominations.'The Americans' leads the way with four nominations in total, with 'Breaking Bad' garnering three.

The TCA Awards were first awarded in 1985 and their prominence and prestige in the television industry TCAhas risen every year since. The Television Critics Association is comprised of roughly two-hundred tv critics from the USA and Canada; that voting body determines the nominees in each category, as well as the eventual winners. The TCA meets twice a year for press summits in Pasadena, CA.

Comedies 'Parks and Recreation' and 'New Girl' both earned two nominations each. The list of nominations is as follows:

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)

Last year, Louis C.K. won the award for comedy; this year he has two new contenders to face, in Lena Dunham and Jake Johnson. Expect Dunham to add to her impressive collection of hardware with this award.

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)

Bryan Cranston took the award last year and has to be considered the favorite this time around, as well. However, don't count out the possible dark horse candidate in Tatiana Maslany; her performance(s) on 'Orphan Black' have been garnering a lot of critical buzz.

News and Information
“Anderson Cooper 360.” CNN
“Central Park Five,” PBS
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central
“The Rachel Maddow Show,” MSNBC
“60 Minutes,” CBS

'60 Minutes' is the reigning champion in the category and I see no reason for that to change this year, however 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' could always take the trophy.

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

'So You Think You Can Dance' won the award last year but is left off of the list of nominees this year. Newcomer 'The Glee Project' should be considered the front-runner here.

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

'Switched at Birth' is looking to repeat this year, however 'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' has been earning a lot of critical attention in its first season. The spin-off of the classic 'Mister Roger's Neighborhood' has impressed many with its musical numbers and first-rate animation.

Outstanding New Program
“The Americans,” FX
“Elementary,” CBS
“House of Cards,” Netflix
“The Mindy Project,” Fox
“Orphan Black,” BBC America

'Homeland' took the prize last year; 'The Americans' is the heavy favorite in this category.

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
“American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX
“Behind the Candelabra,” HBO
“Downton Abbey,” PBS
“Rectify,” Sundance Channel
“Top of the Lake,” Sundance Channel

'Downton Abbey' is the reigning champion, however this category is wide-open this time around; any of the nominees could take it and all are deserving.

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
“The Americans,” FX
“Breaking Bad,” AMC
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Homeland,” Showtime
“Mad Men,” AMC

Just look at that list of heavy-hitters. 'Breaking Bad' could very well repeat here, however everything nominated has a real shot.

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
“Louie,” FX
“New Girl,” Fox
“Parks and Recreation,” NBC
“Veep,” HBO

'Community' and 'Modern Family' are replaced on the list of nominees this year. 'Louie' took last year's prize but I expect 'Parks and Recreation' to pull it out this time.

Program of the Year
“The Americans,” FX
“Breaking Bad,” AMC
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“House of Cards,” Netflix
“The Walking Dead,” AMC

Last year, the biggest award of the night went to 'Game of Thrones.' Could they earn a rare repeat?

Who do you think should win in each category?





- Game of Thrones
- The Americans
- Breaking Bad
- Louie
- Mad Men
- The Walking Dead

Written by: bad_subject
Jun 10th, 2013, 11:12 am


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Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2013, 8:27 am

Game of Thrones will probably win the ones they are nominated for but i would really like to see The Americans win, one if not the best new show of the season as far as im concerned


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Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2013, 7:30 am

Much deserved by The Americans! :)


Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2013, 2:45 am
where is Hannibal? it is brilliant in every way

Message Posted On Jun 10th, 2013, 7:01 pm
Game of thrones and the walking dead are very popular, but this isn't necessarily a popularity contest. This is the voice of 200 professional critics, who often vastly differ in their perspectives from the public at large. In the US (where I live,) this is with good reason. We're not the most intelligent consumers of media, and often think that because we like the subject matter of a presentation that it is then "quality". This is not the case, and is the reason why critically acclaimed productions often don't get the ratings or box-office returns that the more discerning viewer wishes they would. My personal choices (and I'm not a professional critic) are as follows: Louie CK (but I expect Dunham to take it); Tatiana Maslany; Central Park Five; I abstain from Reality and Youth as I don't watch them at all; Orphan Black (but I expect The Americans to get it); Rectify (but I expect Behind the Candelabra,); Breaking Bad in it's final season; Louie; and The Americans

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Message Posted On Jun 10th, 2013, 12:36 pm

For sheer popularity Game of Thrones will probably take the "Program of the year" even though it wouldn't deserve it for this season. My vote would definitely go to The Americans, it's the stand-out this year for me.

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