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The Television Critics Association Announces 2016 TCA Award Nominees

'Mr. Robot' on USA Leads the Pack of Nominations

The Television Critics Association (TCA) — the media organization with more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada — announced the nominations for the 32nd Annual TCA Awards. The 2016 TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2015-16 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories including News and Information, Youth, Reality, Drama and Comedy.

This year’s event takes place Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as part of the group’s bi-annual industry conference, the Summer Press Tour. “Jane the Virgin” star Jaime Camil will host.

This year’s nominations are spread across five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and The CW — as well as PBS, 12 cable networks and internet streaming service Netflix. HBO leads with 12 nominations; FX has 11; Netflix has six; PBS has five; USA has four. ABC, AMC, CBS, Lifetime, and The CW each received three; Disney Junior, NBC and TBS each have two; and CNN, E!, Fox, History, Showtime and WGN America finish with one.

USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” leads the pack of nominations, with four including Program of the Year. The competition in that category includes “The Americans,” “Fargo” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” all on FX; HBO’s “Game of Thrones;” and “Making a Murderer” on Netflix.

HBO leads overall with 12 nominations; followed by FX (11), Netflix (6), PBS (5), USA (4); three each for ABC, AMC, CBS, The CW and Lifetime; two each for NBC, TBS and Disney Junior; and one each for CNN, E!, Fox, History, Showtime and WGN America. The TCA Awards will be handed out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 6.

“TCA members have recognized a record number of first-time nominees for this year’s awards. In our 32-year history this is one of the most diverse slates of genres and programs we’ve ever had,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. “It’s been a banner year for fresh, noteworthy content and we’re looking forward to seeing which shows and actors grab top prizes following the difficult votes ahead.”

The TCA Awards will also bestow a special Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program that has had a major cultural or social impact. This year’s nominees include the late comedian Garry Shandling’s talk show satire “The Larry Sanders Show”; the revolutionary comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”; one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time “Seinfeld”; Gene Roddenberry’s influential sci-fi saga “Star Trek”; and the mind-bending small town murder mystery “Twin Peaks,” co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.

In addition to honoring this year’s best, the TCA presents a Career Achievement Award to an individual who has influenced the medium, which will be announced at the awards presentation.

Below is the complete list of the 2016 Television Critics Association 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 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

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 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

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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