The Television Critics Association announced their nominations yesterday, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced their nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards this morning. What series have consequently gotten a boost leading up to the nominating phase of the Primetime Emmy Awards next month?
“The Americans“: After leading the TCA nominations last year, it only scored two Creative Arts Emmy nominations. The critics are once again enamored with the FX series; the show itself and Matthew Rhys again earned nominations from both the TCA and Critics’ Choice, Keri Russell repeated her Best Drama Actress Critics’ Choice nomination, and Annet Mahendru broke through in the Drama Supporting Actress category.
“The Big Bang Theory“: After he was snubbed last year by the TCA, despite the show itself going on to win Best Comedy Series, Jim Parsons is once again nominated for Individual Achievement in Comedy. The sitcom also led all comedies at Critics’ Choice, with five nominations.
“The Crazy Ones“: It seemed that Emmy hopes for this show had been snuffed out; the combined star power of Robin Williams and Emmy-favorite writer-producer David E. Kelley was not enough to win over the Golden Globes earlier this year, and the first-year sitcom was recently cancelled. But Williams’s Critics’ Choice nomination puts it back in the race.
“The Good Wife“: After being skunked by the TCA the last two years, the legal drama and star Julianna Margulies returned to the Drama Series and Individual Achievement in Drama categories, and it reaped its first-ever nomination for Program of the Year. And thanks to its first nod for Best Drama Supporting Actor, for Josh Charles, it’s also tied for the most Critics’ Choice nominations (five), its biggest haul ever.
“Louie“: Less than half of the fourth season had aired by the time that ballots were due. Critics either responded really well to those few episodes, or the show had so much goodwill from past seasons that it returned to every category at both groups in which it received nominations last year, including Best Comedy at both.
“The Mindy Project“: Despite declining ratings, and having largely been ignored by the critics when it premiered last year, the second-year sitcom scored a TCA nomination for Best Comedy Series and Mindy Kaling was recognized for Individual Achievement in Comedy; it received neither of these last year. Meanwhile, Critics’ Choice nominated Chris Messina for Best Comedy Actor after skunking the show last year.
“Shameless“: Given the dramedy’s switch from the drama to comedy categories, Emmy Rossum is now the first actor ever at Critics’ Choice to earn nominations as a lead actress in both genres. “Shameless” also picked up its first supporting bid, for Jeremy Allen White.
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