‘Good Wife,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective’ Lead TCA Award Nominees

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“The Good Wife,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective” are among the series landing multiple nominations in this year’s Television Critics Assn. Awards derby.

Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” joins that trio in the org’s program of the year category, which didn’t leave room for any half-hour comedies. “Breaking Bad” won the category last year.

CBS’ “Good Wife” (pictured), HBO’s “Thrones” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” also are nommed in the drama series category, along with FX’s “The Americans” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.” “Thrones” won last year. “True Detective” landed a slot in the movies/miniseries category rather than in drama series, along with FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” BBC America’s “Broadchurch,” FX’s “Fargo” and SundanceTV’s “The Returned,” the subtitled French series.

The contenders for comedy series are CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” which won last year in a tie with “Parks and Recreation,” Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Mindy Project,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s “Veep.”

“Brooklyn” also landed a nom for new program, along with FX’s “Fargo,” “Orange Is the New Black,” Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” and “True Detective.”

“The Americans” Matthew Rhys received a second straight nomination for individual achievement in drama. He’s in a tough co-ed heat with Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” Julianna Margulies of “Good Wife,” Tatiana Maslany of BBC America’s “Orphan Black” (last year’s champ) and “True Detective’s” Matthew McConaughey. Noticeably absent was Jeff Daniels of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” who won the lead drama actor Emmy last year, and Claire Danes of Showtime’s “Homeland,” who took the Emmy for lead drama actress.

The comedy achievement list is comprised of usual suspects: last year’s winner Louis C.K. for “Louie,” Mindy Kaling for “Mindy Project,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep,” Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” and Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation.” Parsons and Louis-Dreyfus are the reigning Emmy comedy actor winners.

Among networks, CBS leads with nine total noms, followed by HBO (eight), FX (seven) and Fox (six).

TCA’s career achievement award contenders are a typically eclectic lot, with the surprise inclusion of Jay Leno, who was mostly hammered by critics during his long run on “The Tonight Show.” Leno’s competition ranges from producer Mark Burnett to director James Burrows to actress Valerie Harper to the TV icon that is William Shatner. Burnett also has two noms in the reality series category, for NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

The Heritage Award nominees for programs that have had a lasting impact on the smallscreen are ABC’s “Lost” and “Twin Peaks,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and the original “Star Trek” and Comedy Central’s “South Park.”

Here is a complete list of TCA Award nominees:

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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  1. kathyklein says:

    I would like to know who is it that nominates the contenders?
    I along with hundreds of thousands think a particular CBS TV show was missed in the contenders…that show being the BEST television show EVER/ Bruno Heller’s “The Mentalist”

    • Jackson says:

      The best television show EVER? Sorry, no. I’m not saying it’s a bad show but the best ever….not even close.

  2. Thanks TCA for Not Nominating Person of Interest....The Show Does NOT Deserve a Nod says:

    Where is “Person of Interest?” According to writers, Nolan and Plageman, and CBS exec, Nina Tassler, the show is the most creative and enthralling drama of the century. NOT! Looks like the TCA agrees with the millions of fans who deserted “Person of Interest” after the writers got cocky, the cast got lessened and the plot got sci-fi sicko.

    • Liz says:

      Your repetitive rant about this season’s Person of Interest which, by the way, I don’t agree with AT ALL, is getting so boring. Yeah, you appear all over the place with the same rant. Why don’t you own up to YOUR opinion about how disappointed YOU were with Season 3 without having to continue saying “millions of fans deserted” to add some kind of weight to YOUR sole opinion? Are you that needy or just cocky?

      Person of Interest should be acknowledged. There are/were some fantastic performances with this season’s episodes beginning with the lead Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson who, by the way, knocked it out of the park with her storyline, and Kevin Chapman.


  3. April says:

    Nice job by the TCA. I see a lot of deserving actors and shows that normally get overlooked. I could maybe debate on some of the actors that got excluded from the list but I honestly can’t complain about anyone that was included. They are all deserving.

  4. Paige says:

    THE AMERICANS is FX Networks, not Netflix.

  5. Brian says:

    Maybe you want to fix this: “along with Netflix’s “The Americans” “

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