HBO, ‘Homeland’ lead TCA noms

AMC, NBC, PBS grab multiple mentions

Cable drama reigned supreme in the nominations for the 28th annual Television Critics Assn. Awards.

HBO led the TCAs in nominations with eight, including three for “Game of Thrones,” while Showtime’s “Homeland” led all programs with four mentions. “Thrones” and “Homeland” were each nominated for program of the year, along with AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” and the lone non-cable entry, PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”

On the drama series list, the entries were the same except that FX’s “Justified” replaces “Downton” (which was nominated in the movie-miniseries category next to HBO’s “Game Change” and “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” History’s “Hatfields and McCoys” and PBS’ “Sherlock”).

Broadcast TV fared better in the comedy and reality categories. Top comedy noms went to ABC’s “Modern Family,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” NBC’s “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” and one cable half-hour, FX’s “Louie.” In reality, nominees were “The Amazing Race” (CBS), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox), “The Voice” (NBC) and again one cable offering, “The Glee Project” (Oxygen).

In total noms, AMC was next behind HBO with six, followed by NBC and PBS with five apiece and four each for CBS, FX along with Showtime.

Nominations for individual performance in drama went to Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Jessica Lange (FX’s “American Horror Story”). In comedy, Louis C.K. (“Louie”), Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (HBO’s “Veep”), Jim Parsons (“Big Bang”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks”) were tapped.

Receiving noms for new series were “Girls,” “Homeland,” Fox’s “New Girl,” ABC’s “Revenge” and NBC’s “Smash.”

“Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN), “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central), “Frontline” (PBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS) and “The Rachel Maddow Show” drew news and information bids. For youth programming, the finalists are “iCarly” (Nickelodeon), “Phineas and Ferb” (Disney Channel), “Sesame Street” (PBS), “Switched at Birth” (ABC Family) and “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nickelodeon).

Nominations for the Heritage Award, for a culturally significant program, went to “Cheers,” “Lost,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Star Trek” and “Twin Peaks.” Up for the Career Achievement nod are Dick Clark, Andy Griffith, David Letterman, Regis Philbin and William Shatner.

The awards, chosen by the org’s 200-strong membership, will be presented July 28 at the Beverly Hilton, during the TCA summer press tour.

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