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The reality shows TV critics nominated for TCA Awards

The nominations for the 32nd annual TCA Awards are in, and six shows are nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, while one documentary reality series, The United Shades of America, was nominated in the Outstanding Achievement in News and Information category.

The awards are presented by the Television Critics Association, a professional organization whose more than 200 members are TV critics and reporters, of which I’m a member.

Reality TV highlights of this year’s awards: 

  • One of the nominated shows, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, is also nominated for Program of the Year. It’s the first time since the reality category was introduced in 2010 that an unscripted series has also been in the Program of the Year category.
  • Survivor has been nominated for a fourth time, but this time, it’s for a specific season: fall’s Survivor Second Chance.
  • Half of the six nominated reality shows are documentary-style reality series, a change from last year’s slate of all competition series were nominated. (A non-competition series has never won before, though last year’s outstanding winnerThe Chair, was mostly a documentary-style series that ultimately awarded $250,000 to one of its subjects.)
  • Lifetime’s UnReal, the Bachelor-parodying drama, received three nominations: for new program, drama, and program of the year.

In a press release announcing the nominees, TCA President Amber Dowling said, “In our 32-year history this is one of the most diverse slates of genres and programs we’ve ever had.”

The awards will be presented in a non-televised award ceremony on Aug. 6 that will be hosted by Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil.

The 2016 Television Critics Association reality TV nominees

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming 

  • “I Am Cait,” E!
  • “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” Showtime
  • “The Great British Baking Show,” PBS
  • “Making a Murderer,” Netflix
  • “MasterChef Junior,” Fox
  • “Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance,” CBS

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information 

  • “CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS
  • “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” TBS
  • “Jackie Robinson,” PBS
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” HBO (2015 winner in category)
  • “Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO
  • “United Shades of America,” CNN

The 2016 TCA scripted show nominees

Individual Achievement in Drama

  • Bryan Cranston, “All The Way,” HBO
  • Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot,” USA
  • Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul,” AMC
  • Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX
  • Keri Russell, “The Americans,” FX
  • Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

Individual Achievement in Comedy 

  • Aziz Ansari, “Master of None,” Netflix
  • Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” TBS
  • Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW
  • Aya Cash, “You’re The Worst” FXX
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO
  • Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat,” ABC

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

  • “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” PBS
  • “Doc McStuffins,” Disney Junior
  • “Nature Cat,” PBS
  • “Odd Squad,” PBS
  • “Sofia The First,” Disney Junior

Outstanding New Program

  • “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW
  • “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Netflix
  • “Master of None,” Netflix
  • “Mr. Robot,” USA
  • “Underground,” WGN America
  • “UnREAL,” Lifetime

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

  • “All The Way,” HBO
  • “Fargo,” FX
  • “The Night Manager,” AMC
  • “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX
  • “Roots,” History
  • “Show Me A Hero,” HBO

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

  • “The Americans,” FX (2015 winner in category)
  • “Better Call Saul,” AMC
  • “Game of Thrones,” HBO
  • “The Leftovers,” HBO
  • “Mr. Robot,” USA
  • “UnREAL,” Lifetime

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

  • “black-ish,” ABC
  • “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW
  • “Master of None,” Netflix
  • “Silicon Valley,” HBO
  • “Veep,” HBO
  • “You’re The Worst” FXX

Heritage Award

  • “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO
  • “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” CBS
  • “Seinfeld,” NBC
  • “Star Trek,” NBC
  • “Twin Peaks,” ABC

Program of the Year

  • “The Americans,” FX
  • “Fargo,” FX
  • “Game of Thrones,” HBO
  • “Making a Murderer,” Netflix
  • “Mr. Robot,” USA
  • “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX
  • “UnREAL,” Lifetime

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