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The Traitors, Jury Duty, and the 14 other unscripted TCA Award nominees

The Traitors, Jury Duty, and the 14 other unscripted TCA Award nominees
Rachel, Cirie, and Andie applaud on The Traitors US season 1, episode 7—perhaps because they know the success of their season will give us more Traitors. (Image via Peacock)

The Television Critics Association announced nominees for the 38th TCA Awards today, and that included 16 reality and documentary shows, plus some documentaries.

In scripted categories, which I’ve also listed below, HBO’s The Last of Us and Succession and FX’s The Bear all had five nominations, including for actors including Ayo Edebiri, Sarah Snook, Pedro Pascal, and Bella Ramsey.

Winners will be announced Aug. 7.

In the interest of full disclosure, as one of the 230+ members of the Television Critics Association, 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!

In the two categories dedicated to unscripted shows, Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming and Outstanding Achievement in News and Information,

Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation was nominated, as was Top Chef itself, though in different categories.

I’m very excited about the nomination for The Traitors, the best new format we’ve seen in years, and that will be getting my vote! I think there’s an interesting discussion to have about the inclusion of Jury Duty and The Rehearsal, which had some unscripted elements but are more scripted than not.

In news and information, two documentary series (30 for 30 and Frontline) were nominated alongside one feature documentary (Free Chol Soo Lee), and five documentary series, including Hulu’s The 1619 Project and Netflix’s Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?

All nominees are listed below.

2023 TCA Award nominees

An actor playing John Leonard looks in a mailbox on Netflix's Pepsi Where's My Jet
An actor playing John Leonard looks in a mailbox on Netflix’s Pepsi Where’s My Jet (Image via Netflix)

Individual Achievement in Drama

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Dominique Fishback, Swarm
  • Betty Gilpin, Mrs. Davis
  • Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
  • Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
  • Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
  • Sarah Snook, Succession
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession

Individual Achievement in Comedy

  • Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
  • Ayo Edebiri, The Bear
  • Harrison Ford, Shrinking
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
  • Natasha Lyonne, Poker Face
  • James Marsden, Jury Duty
  • Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

  • 30 for 30
  • Free Chol Soo Lee
  • Frontline
  • Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?
  • Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence
  • Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
  • ​​The 1619 Project
  • The U.S. and the Holocaust

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

  • Couples Therapy
  • Jury Duty
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • The Rehearsal
  • The Traitors
  • Top Chef
  • Vanderpump Rules
  • Welcome to Wrexham

Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming

  • Alma’s Way
  • Bluey
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • Donkey Hodie
  • Eva the Owlet
  • Molly of Denali
  • Ridley Jones
  • Sesame Street
  • Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures

Outstanding Achievement in Family Programming

  • American Born Chinese
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
  • Jane
  • Love, Victor
  • Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Star Trek: Prodigy
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society

Outstanding New Program

  • Andor
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Jury Duty
  • Mrs. Davis
  • Poker Face
  • Shrinking
  • The Bear
  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, or Specials

  • A Small Light
  • Beef
  • Black Bird
  • Daisy Jones & The Six
  • Fleishman is in Trouble
  • Mrs. Davis
  • The Patient
  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

  • Andor
  • Better Call Saul
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Succession
  • The Good Fight
  • The Last of Us
  • The White Lotus
  • Yellowjackets

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

  • Abbott Elementary
  • Barry
  • Poker Face
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Shrinking
  • The Bear
  • The Other Two
  • What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk, or Sketch

  • The Amber Ruffin Show
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Ziwe

Program of the Year

  • Abbott Elementary
  • Andor
  • Better Call Saul
  • Poker Face
  • Succession
  • The Bear
  • The Last of Us
  • The Other Two
  • The White Lotus

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Friday 30th of June 2023

I know it's scripted, but I'm sad there's no love for Somebody Somewhere. :(


Saturday 1st of July 2023

@Melissa, That show is brilliant.


Friday 30th of June 2023

I love Jury Duty but it's a prank show, nothing reality about it. The Rehearsal you literally see him writing down what he is going to say. I don't get it. Also, someone please explain to me how The Bear is a comedy.

Andy Dehnart

Friday 30th of June 2023

Jury Duty definitely has more scripted components, though like The Joe Schmo Show, it has an unscripted element at its core that the entire show revolves around.

The Bear is curious! FX labels it a comedy, and they're entering themselves as a comedy at the Emmys. Then again, so is Jury Duty! Clearly, the categories don't neatly fit the kinds of shows we have these days.