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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman of 'Parks and Recreation' got Outstanding Achievement in Comedy nominations, and Offerman will also emcee the awards show, which takes place this year at the Beverly Hilton on Aug. 6. As a member of the Television Critics Association, I not only heartily endorse the choice of Offerman as emcee, I hope we get an advanced tutorial on Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness.

'Louie,' which returns June 23 on FX, picked up nominations for star Louis C.K. and a best comedy nomination. Danny Pudi and 'Community' received nods as well. Rounding out the best comedy category are 'Modern Family' (for which Ty Burrell also got an acting nomination) and 'Raising Hope.'

'Boardwalk Empire' received a nomination as best new program and as Program of the Year. Steve Buscemi also received an acting nomination for his work as Nucky Thompson.

'Justified' and 'Game of Thrones' picked up four drama nominations each. 'Justified' nods went to Margo Martindale and Timothy Olyphant, and the show was nominated in the best drama category as well as the Program of the Year category. Peter Dinklage picked up an acting nomination for 'GoT,' and the show got best new program, best drama and Program of the Year nominations.

You may well ask, where are Emmy favorites such as 'Glee,' 'House,' 'Dexter,' '30 Rock,' 'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Big Bang Theory'?

Well, the TCA Awards have given statues to several of those shows in the past -- 'Glee' and 'Big Bang's' Jim Parsons are quite recent winners -- but, unlike the Emmys, there's a bit more turnover in these categories year to year. And critics, who watch these shows week in and week out, are less likely to keep rewarding shows with rather inconsistent track records.

All in all, I think the roster of nominees below is more than respectable, and I'm going to have a tough time picking winners when I fill out my ballot. Although 'Downton Abbey' is looking good in the Miniseries category.

Below is the complete list of the 2011 Television Critics Association nominees.

Individual Achievement in Drama
Steve Buscemi ('Boardwalk Empire,' HBO)
Peter Dinklage ('Game of Thrones,' HBO)
Jon Hamm ('Mad Men,' AMC)
Julianna Margulies ('The Good Wife,' CBS)
Margo Martindale ('Justified', FX)
Timothy Olyphant ('Justified,' FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Ty Burrell ('Modern Family,' ABC)
Louis C.K. ('Louis,' FX)
Nick Offerman ('Parks and Recreation,' NBC)
Amy Poehler ('Parks and Recreation,' NBC)
Danny Pudi ('Community,' NBC)
Jon Stewart ('The Daily Show,' Comedy Central)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
'If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise' (HBO)
'Restrepo' (National Geographic Channel)
'60 Minutes' (CBS)
'The Rachel Maddow Show' (MSNBC)
'30 for 30' (ESPN)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
'Amazing Race' (CBS)
'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations' (Travel Channel)
'Survivor' (CBS)
'The Voice' (NBC)
'Top Chef: All Stars' (Bravo)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
'A Children's Garden of Poetry' (HBO)
'iCarly' (Nickelodeon)
'Nick News with Linda Ellerbee' (Nickelodeon)
'R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour' (The Hub)
'Sesame Street' (PBS)
'Yo Gabba Gabba' (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program
'Boardwalk Empire' (HBO)
'Game of Thrones' (HBO)
'Terriers' (FX)
'The Killing' (AMC)
'Walking Dead' (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
'Cineme Verite' (HBO)
'Downton Abbey: Masterpiece' (PBS)
'Mildred Pierce' (HBO)
'Sherlock: Masterpiece' (PBS)
'Too Big to Fail' (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
'Friday Night Lights' (DirecTV/NBC)
'Game of Thrones' (HBO)
'Justified' (FX)
'Mad Men' (AMC)
'The Good Wife' (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
'Community' (NBC)
'Louie' (FX)
'Modern Family' (ABC)
'Parks and Recreation' (NBC)
'Raising Hope' (FOX)

Career Achievement Award
Steven Bochco
Dick Ebersol
Cloris Leachman
David Letterman
William Shatner
Oprah Winfrey

Heritage Award
'All in the Family'
'Freaks and Geeks'
'The Dick Van Dyke Show'
'Twin Peaks'

Program of the Year
'Boardwalk Empire' (HBO)
'Friday Night Lights' (DirecTV/NBC)
'Game of Thrones' (HBO)
'Justified' (FX)
'Parks and Recreation' (NBC)

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July 08 2011 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen Lawler

Thought you might like the Downton Abbey nom!

My only big nitpick is Raising Hope (um, Cougar Town anyone??). Otherwise I really enjoyed the nominations. Though I have to say – unlike you I’ve been loving Peter Dinklage’s performance (including his accent! Which I find purposefully put on.) but I was a bit surprised to see him there and not Sean Bean, who has completely impressed me on GoT in ways I’ve never been impressed by him before! Not that Dinklage doesn’t deserve a nom...I guess I wish there were six options there! (And would have loved to see Emilia Clarke there too!).

June 14 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

And yet "Terriers" is still cancelled!! Who is it who makes decisions at FX? Stupid is as stupid does......

June 13 2011 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nidesola

And Modern Family!

June 13 2011 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nidesola

LOVE The Good Wife, Justified & Downton Abbey. Good job ya´ll!

June 13 2011 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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