TCA Award 2014 Nominations List

The Television Critics Association announced the 2014 TCA Award nominations today.  The 30th annual awards will be presented on Saturday July 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as part of the summer press tour.

More than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada make up the organization. The awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2013-2014 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories, including news and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy achievements.

From the official press release

The nominations for current programming are spread across four broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX—as well as PBS, nine cable networks and the Internet streaming service Netflix. In 2014, CBS leads the way with nine nominations; HBO has eight; FX holds seven; and Fox finishes with six. This year’s crop of nominees includes a number of notable past winners, such as celebrated comic Louis C.K. and beloved actor Bryan Cranston, and shows ranging from the smash fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” to childhood essential “Sesame Street,” newsroom satire “The Daily Show,” and reality TV titan “The Amazing Race.”

This year’s lineup also features a batch of newcomers, with first-time nominees including Logo’s hit “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” hosted by the goddess of glam herself; Netflix’s critically acclaimed women’s prison dramedy “Orange is the New Black”; FX’s “Fargo,” starring Billy Bob Thornton in the small-screen adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece; Fox heavyweights “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Sleepy Hollow”; and ABC Family’s “The Fosters.”

Last year’s Program of the Year, AMC’s celebrated drama “Breaking Bad,” is once again up for the honor, alongside series star Bryan Cranston, whose turn as Walter White garnered a nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama. “Breaking Bad” will seek to defend its crown against a formidable quartet featuring Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”; HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; CBS’ “The Good Wife”; and HBO’s gritty crime drama “True Detective,” starring recent Academy® Award Winner—and fellow Individual Achievement in Drama nominee—Matthew McConaughey as a homicide detective on the trail of a brutal serial killer.

The Summer TCA kicks off Tuesday, July 8 with the cable portion of the tour; the broadcast segment starts Sunday, July 13; and the event concludes Wednesday, July 23 with the final day of PBS. The 16-day continuous tour also includes a day devoted to emerging networks and streaming services on Saturday, July 12 in addition to the TCA Awards on Saturday, July 19.

Below is the complete list of the 2014 Television Critics Association nominees.

Once again, American Idol is not nominated in the Reality Show category.  Maybe next year the TCA’s will throw Idol a bone and nominate them in the “Heritage” category.   Of course, Idol has seen better days. But. as the trailblazer of competitive singing shows, the veteran competition would certainly deserve it.

The nominees in the reality show category are all programs we have covered here, including: The Voice, Survivor, Amazing Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Shark Tank.

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX) [2013 winner in category]
Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project” (Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Individual Achievement in Drama
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (BBC America) [2013 winner in category]
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” (FX)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
“CBS Sunday Morning” (CBS)
“Cosmos” (Fox)
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“60 Minutes” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo)
“Shark Tank” (ABC) [2013 winner in category]
“Survivor” (CBS)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
“Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network)
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” (PBS)
“The Fosters” (ABC Family)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)

Outstanding New Program
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Sleepy Hollow” (Fox)
“True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Broadchurch” (BBC America)
“Fargo” (FX)
“The Returned” (SundanceTV)
“True Detective” (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
“The Americans” (FX)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO) [2013 winner in category]
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) [2013 winner in category – tied with “Parks and Recreation”]
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
“Louie” (FX)
“The Mindy Project” (Fox)
“Veep” (HBO)

Career Achievement Award
Mark Burnett
James Burrows
Valerie Harper
Jay Leno
William Shatner

Heritage Award
“Lost” (ABC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“South Park” (Comedy Central)
“Star Trek” (NBC)
“Twin Peaks” (ABC)

Program of the Year
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) [2013 winner in category]
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
“True Detective” (HBO)

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