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Showtime's Homeland, AMC's Mad Men and HBO's Girls among top nominees in TCA Awards; help me pick winners

tcalogo1.gifTogether we've helped the Television Critics Association put together an awfully strong list of nominees for its latest TCA Awards.

Now, we've got to figure out who gets the big prizes.

The TCA announced nominees for the awards Thursday night, with Showtime's Homeland, AMC's Mad Men and HBO's Game of Thrones and Girls among the top nominees. You blog readers helped me figure which performers and programs deserved nomination in the first place. Now we have about 10 days to weigh in on the winners.

So feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments sections on who deserves a win among the nominated shows below. It's going to be tough; weighing the creative explosion Louis C.K. brings to his FX comedy, versus the tender realism Lena Dunham has cultivated for Girls on HBO is a grand task.

girls-hbo-premiere.jpegMy vote may be influenced by who I want to rub shoulders with during the actual awards ceremony, scheduled in July during the TCA's summer press tour. So help keep me honest and provide another perspective.

At least one awards program for TV should be focused on the actual quality of the performances and programs presented.

Below is the complete list of the 2012 Television Critics Association nominees.

Individual Achievement in Drama

    Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” AMC)
    Claire Danes (“Homeland,” Showtime)
    Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)
    Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
    Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story,” FX)

homeland_2402.jpgIndividual Achievement in Comedy

    Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)
    Lena Dunham (“Girls,” HBO)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO)
    Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS)
    Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

    “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)
    “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
    “Frontline” (PBS)
    “60 Minutes” (CBS)
    “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

    “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
    “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
    “The Glee Project” (Oxygen)
    “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
    “The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

   gameofthrones-tyrion-poster_0.jpg  “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
    “Phineas and Ferb” (Disney)
     “Sesame Street” (PBS)
    “Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)
    “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program

    “Girls” (HBO)
    “Homeland” (Showtime)
    “New Girl” (Fox)
    “Revenge” (ABC)
    “Smash” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

    “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)
    “Game Change” (HBO)
    “Hatfields & McCoys” (History)
    “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
    “Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

    “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    “Homeland” (Showtime)
    “Justified” (FX)
    “Mad Men” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

    “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)dick-clark1.jpg
    “Community” (NBC)
    “Louie” (FX)
    “Modern Family” (ABC)
    “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Career Achievement Award

    Dick Clark
    Andy Griffith
    David Letterman
    Regis Philbin
    William Shatner

Heritage Award

    “Cheers” (NBC)
    “Lost” (ABC)
    “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
    “Star Trek” (NBC)
    “Twin Peaks” (ABC)

Program of the Year

    “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    “Homeland” (Showtime)
    “Mad Men” (AMC)
    “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)

[Last modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:45am]


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