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The Television Critics Association nominated Empire and Transparent for a bunch of awards


Years ago, when TV was just getting off the ground, some people believed that none of its programs would ever be worthy of awards. In fact, some feature films—like Poltergeist—were based entirely around the idea that having a TV in your bedroom could kill you. We’re in The New Golden Age Of TV now, though (or we were a few years ago, at least), so now TV is good enough to deserve multiple organizations giving it awards—even if the awards themselves sound confusingly similar. At the end of May, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association gave out its Critics’ Choice Television Awards (saluting The Americans and Amy Schumer specifically) and the Television Critics Association is ready to announce the nominees for its annual awards—which are not the same thing as the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Got that? Good.


HBO, of course, has the most nominees of any network (seven, two of which are for Game Of Thrones), with ABC, CBS, AMC, and FX in a four-way tie with five nominations. Fox and Amazon both got four nominations, all of which went to Empire and Transparent, which both received more nominations than any other show. Both are in for Program Of The Year, with Transparent up for the requisite comedy categories and Empire up for their drama equivalents.

The TCA awards will be given out on August 8, and the entire list of nominees is below:

Individual Achievement In Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin, The CW

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent, Amazon

Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat, ABC

Individual Achievement In Drama

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder, ABC

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

Taraji P. Henson, Empire, Fox

Matthew Rhys, The Americans, FX

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul, AMC

Outstanding Achievement In News And Information

CBS Sunday Morning, CBS

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

Frontline, PBS

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO

60 Minutes, CBS

Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming

The Amazing Race, CBS

The Chair, Starz

Dancing with the Stars, ABC

RuPaul’s Drag Race, Logo

Shark Tank, ABC

Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS

The Fosters, ABC Family

The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon

Sesame Street, PBS

Switched at Birth, ABC Family

Outstanding New Program

Better Call Saul, AMC

Empire, Fox

The Flash, The CW

Jane the Virgin, The CW

Transparent, Amazon

Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries, And Specials

Bessie, HBO

The Honorable Woman, SundanceTV

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, HBO

Olive Kitteridge, HBO

Wolf Hall, PBS

Outstanding Achievement In Comedy

The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central

Jane the Virgin, The CW

Transparent, Amazon

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix

Outstanding Achievement In Drama

The Americans, FX

Empire, Fox

Game of Thrones, HBO

Justified, FX

Mad Men, AMC

Heritage Award

Friends, NBC

Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman, CBS/NBC

The Shield, FX

Star Trek, NBC

Twin Peaks, ABC

Program Of The Year

The Americans, FX

Empire, Fox

Game of Thrones, HBO

Mad Men, AMC

Transparent, Amazon

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