The Television Critics Assn., which is composed primarily of print and web writers, announced the nominees for their 30th annual awards one day before the rival Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. announced the slate of contenders for the Critics’ Choice TV Awards. (See complete list of nominations here.)
While the journos opted to classify this HBO hit as a miniseries, the paycaster has entered it as a drama series at the Emmys. We will get a preview of the showdown looming there as “Breaking Bad” defends its Program of the Year title while star Bryan Cranston is looking for his third win in Individual Achievement in Drama. It also contends for Best Drama Series. (Make your prediction for the Emmy race for Best Drama Series at the bottom of this post.)
If TCA history is any indication, both “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” are underdogs in the top race. Over the 29-year history of these kudos, only one program has ever won Program of the Year twice: “The Sopranos” (1999 and 2001).
Missing from the TCA lineup for the first time in its seven-year history is “Mad Men.” This period piece won both Progam of the Year and New Program for its first season in 2008 and Drama Series three times (2008, 2009, 2011) as well as a performance prize for Jon Hamm in 2011.
The Comedy Series contenders are: two-time champ “The Big Bang Theory” (it won solo in 2009 and shared the award last year with “Parks and Recreation” which was snubbed this year), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” which also reaped a New Program bid, “Louie,” “The Mindy Project” and “Veep.”
After finally achieving parity between the sexes in the performance prizes in 2012 and then having women outnumber men last year by six to four, the TCA has slid back with men earning six of the 10 nominations.
Reigning two-time champ #Louie C.K.# defends his Comedy performance prize against Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”).
Winners will be crowned by the TCA on July 19 during the summer press tour.