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Reality TCA Award nominees: two past winners, two new shows, and four more

Reality TCA Award nominees: two past winners, two new shows, and four more
Kim and Penn Holderness win Amazing Race season 33 (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS)

The nominees for the 2022 Television Critics Association Awards were just announced, and they include three reality shows that have never been nominated before—and two that have previously won TCA Awards.

Both the 2011 winner The Amazing Race and 2020 winner Cheer have been nominated again, for their most-recent seasons, which means the terrific season 33 of TAR was nominated.

New nominees include the brand new shows HBO Max’s Finding Magic Mike and Take Out with Lisa Ling, plus season two of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.

Repeat nominations went to the latest seasons of HBO Max’s Legendary season three, Bravo’s Top Chef: Houston, and Paramount+’s The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans.

In the News and Information category, which can include documentaries and documentary series, nominees included Netflix’s The Tinder Swindler, W. Kamau Bell’s Showtime series We Need To Talk About Cosby, Disney+’s The Beatles: Get Back, PBS’s Frontline, and HBO’s hybrid scripted/reality series How to with John Wilson.

In the scripted categories, Survivor and Amazing Race alum Mike White’s The White Lotus got two nominations, while ABC’s hilarious Abbott Elementary leads the nominations with five total.

Squid Game, which is somehow becoming an actual reality show, was nominated twice as a show, and once for Lee Jung-jae’s performance.

All the nominees are below; winners will be announced in August at a private, non-televised event.

Disclosure: I’m one of the 200+ members of the Television Critics Association, so I voted for nominees and will vote for a winner; because I serve on the the Board of Directors as secretary, I helped with the nomination process. But like everyone else, I get just one vote.

2022 TCA Award nominees

Lisa Ling eats during the "Little Saigon" episode of Take Out
Lisa Ling eats during the “Little Saigon” episode of Take Out (Photo by Carmen Chan/HBO Max)

Here are all the Television Critics Association nominees, in all categories:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game, Netflix
  • Michael Keaton, Dopesick, Hulu
  • Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets, Showtime
  • Mandy Moore, This Is Us, NBC
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul, AMC
  • Margaret Qualley, Maid, Netflix
  • Adam Scott, Severance, Apple TV+
  • Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul, AMC
  • Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout, Hulu
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession, HBO

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • Pamela Adlon, Better Things, FX
  • Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary, ABC
  • Bridget Everett, Somebody Somewhere, HBO
  • Bill Hader, Barry, HBO
  • Janelle James, Abbott Elementary, ABC
  • Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building, Hulu
  • Jean Smart, Hacks, HBO Max (2021 Winner in Category)
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso, Apple TV+

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION

  • The Beatles: Get Back, Disney+
  • Benjamin Franklin, PBS
  • Frontline, PBS (Eight-time Winner in Category)
  • ​​George Carlin’s American Dream, HBO
  • How To with John Wilson, HBO
  • Prehistoric Planet, Apple TV+
  • 60 Minutes, CBS (2012 Winner in Category)
  • The Tinder Swindler, Netflix
  • We Need To Talk About Cosby, Showtime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY

  • The Amazing Race, CBS (2011 Winner in Category)
  • Cheer, Netflix (2020 Winner in Category)
  • Finding Magic Mike, HBO Max
  • Legendary, HBO Max
  • Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Bravo
  • Real World Homecoming: New Orleans, Paramount+
  • Take Out with Lisa Ling, HBO Max
  • Top Chef: Houston, Bravo

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING

  • Ada Twist, Scientist, Netflix
  • The Baby-Sitters Club, Netflix (2021 Winner in Category)
  • El Deafo, Apple TV+
  • Mira, Royal Detective, Disney Junior
  • Octonauts: Above & Beyond, Netflix
  • Odd Squad, PBS Kids
  • Ridley Jones, Netflix
  • Sesame Street, HBO Max

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM

  • Abbott Elementary, ABC
  • Ghosts, CBS
  • Only Murders in the Building, Hulu
  • Pachinko, Apple TV+
  • Reservation Dogs, FX
  • Severance, Apple TV+
  • The White Lotus, HBO
  • Yellowjackets, Showtime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES OR SPECIALS

  • Dopesick, Hulu
  • The Dropout, Hulu
  • The Girl From Plainville, Hulu
  • Maid, Netflix
  • Midnight Mass, Netflix
  • The Staircase, HBO Max
  • Station Eleven, HBO Max
  • Under the Banner of Heaven, FX

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • Better Call Saul, AMC (2019 Winner in Category)
  • The Good Fight, Paramount+
  • Pachinko, Apple TV+
  • Severance, Apple TV+
  • Squid Game, Netflix
  • Succession, HBO (2020 Winner in Category)
  • This Is Us, NBC
  • Yellowjackets, Showtime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • Abbott Elementary, ABC
  • Atlanta, FX (2017 Winner in Category)
  • Barry, HBO
  • Ghosts, CBS
  • Hacks, HBO Max
  • Only Murders In The Building, Hulu
  • Reservation Dogs, FX
  • Ted Lasso, Apple TV+ (2021 Winner in Category)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY, TALK OR SKETCH

  • The Amber Ruffin Show, Peacock
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show, HBO (2020 Winner in Category)
  • I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Netflix
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO (2021, 2019 & 2018 Winner in Category)
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers, NBC
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS
  • Saturday Night Live, NBC
  • Ziwe, Showtime

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

  • Abbott Elementary, ABC
  • Better Call Saul, AMC
  • Hacks, HBO Max
  • Severance, Apple TV+
  • Squid Game, Netflix
  • Succession, HBO
  • The White Lotus, HBO
  • Yellowjackets, Showtime

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