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The TCA Award nominees include five reality TV shows, four documentary series

The TCA Award nominees include five reality TV shows, four documentary series
Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn with eventual season 16 runner up Ayana Ife. (Photo by Barbara Nitke/Lifetime)

The Television Critics Association announced the nominees for the 34th annual TCA Awards, which will be presented in August.

The TCA Awards are not to be confused with the ones chosen by teenagers; these nominees and eventual winners will be selected only by the 247 members of the Television Critics Association (I am one of them).

In the reality TV category, this is perhaps the strongest slate and toughest competition I’ve seen in the eight years that the award has been presented.

Netflix’s two breakout reality shows are both nominated, including the show I think is the best reality TV of 2018 so far.

Also nominated are a previous nominees, PBS’ broadcast of The Great British Baking Show; a new nominee, season 16 of Lifetime’s Project Runway; and a previous winner, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is having an exceptionally strong season 10 right now.

There are also two reality/doc series nominated in the news and information category: Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show Parts Unknown, and Netflix’s Wild Wild Country, plus the Ken Burns documentary series The Vietnam War and BBC America’s nature series Blue Planet 2.

Below are all the nominees—starting with the unscripted categories, followed by all of the non-reality categories.

Outstanding Achievement in Reality

  • The Great British Baking Show, PBS
  • Nailed It!, Netflix
  • Project Runway, Lifetime
  • Queer Eye, Netflix
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN
  • 60 Minutes, CBS
  • Blue Planet 2, BBC America
  • The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC
  • The Vietnam War, PBS
  • Wild Wild Country, Netflix

The non-reality TV nominees

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” – BBC America
  • Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – FX
  • Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Hulu
  • Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” – BBC America
  • Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” – FX
  • Keri Russell, “The Americans” – FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” – FX
  • Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – The CW
  • Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
  • Ted Danson, “The Good Place” – NBC
  • Donald Glover, “Atlanta” – FX (2017 Winner in Category)
  • Bill Hader, “Barry” – HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING

  • “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” – PBS Kids
  • “Elena of Avalor” – Disney Channel
  • “Muppet Babies” – Disney Junior
  • “Odd Squad” – PBS Kids
  • “Sesame Street” – HBO
  • “Sofia the First” – Disney Junior

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SKETCH/VARIETY SHOWS

  • “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” – TBS
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live” – ABC
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – HBO
  • “Late Night with Seth Meyers” – NBC
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – CBS
  • “Saturday Night Live” – NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE OR MINISERIES

  • “Alias Grace” – Netflix
  • “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – FX
  • “Howards End” – Starz
  • “Patrick Melrose” – Showtime
  • “The Tale” – HBO
  • “Twin Peaks: The Return” – Showtime

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM

  • “Barry” – HBO
  • “Counterpart” – Starz
  • “GLOW” – Netflix
  • “Killing Eve” – BBC America
  • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
  • “Mindhunter” – Netflix

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • “The Americans” – FX
  • “The Crown” – Netflix
  • “The Good Fight” – CBS All Access
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Hulu (2017 Winner in Category)
  • “Killing Eve” – BBC America
  • “This Is Us” – NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • “Atlanta” – FX (2017 Winner in Category)
  • “Barry” – HBO
  • “GLOW” – Netflix
  • “The Good Place” – NBC
  • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
  • “One Day at a Time” – Netflix

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

  • “The Americans” – FX
  • “Atlanta” – FX
  • “The Good Place” – NBC
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Hulu (2017 Winner in Category)
  • “Killing Eve” – BBC America
  • “This Is Us” – NBC

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