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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Hi all,

    I spend way too much time on these every year, but they’re a tradition I love because they give me an alternate awards history to obsess over to when the Emmys get it wrong. 🙂

    These are my 20th annual nominations (I started them in 1997, when I was 13), and the winners I’ll decide at a later date, though a great many of them are already foregone conclusions. As always there are a lot of shows I didn’t have a chance to see, and popular shows I’m not as fond of. I’ll mention those where applicable. Being a TV completist these days is virtually impossible, but I did watch A LOT, which will be evident in these nominations.

    I’ll go genre by genre.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    First up, COMEDY:

    Best Comedy Series
    “Black-ish”
    “Bob’s Burgers”
    “Jane the Virgin”
    “Review”
    “Togetherness”
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
    “You’re the Worst”

    Shows that came close: “Broad City” and “Master of None”

    Shows I’m just not that into: “Veep” and “Silicon Valley”

    Show in another category: “Transparent” competes in my drama races

    Best Comedy Ensemble
    “Another Period”
    “Black-ish”
    “Jane the Virgin”
    “Togetherness”
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
    “You’re the Worst”

    Best Comedy Actor
    “Black-ish” — Anthony Anderson
    “Galavant” — Joshua Sasse
    “Master of None” — Aziz Ansari
    “Review” — Andy Daly
    “Togetherness” — Mark Duplass
    “You’re the Worst” — Chris Gere

    Best Comedy Actress
    “Black-ish” — Tracee Ellis Ross
    “Broad City” — Ilana Glazer
    “Broad City” — Abbi Jacobson
    “Jane the Virgin” — Gina Rodriguez
    “Togetherness” — Melanie Lynskey
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Ellie Kemper
    “You’re the Worst” — Aya Cash

    *I was much less shy this year about going to 7 or 8 nominees in categories where I felt it was warranted, which happened A LOT. 🙂

    Best Comedy Supporting Actor
    “Jane the Virgin” — Jaime Camil
    “The Middle” — Charlie McDermott
    “The Middle” — Atticus Shaffer
    “Togetherness” — Steve Zissis
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Tituss Burgess
    “You’re the Worst” — Desmin Borges

    Best Comedy Supporting Actress
    “Jane the Virgin” — Yael Grobglas
    “Jane the Virgin” — Andrea Navedo
    “The Middle” — Eden Sher
    “Togetherness” — Amanda Peet
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Carol Kane
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Jane Krakowski
    “You’re the Worst” — Kether Donohue

    Best Comedy Guest Performer
    “Jane the Virgin” — Rita Moreno
    “Review” — Lennon Parham
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Anna Camp
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — David Cross
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Tina Fey
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Lisa Kudrow

    Best Comedy Recurring Performer
    “Black-ish” — Laurence Fishburne
    “Black-ish” — Jenifer Lewis
    “Broad City” — Paul W. Downs
    “Review” — James Urbaniak
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Mike Carlsen
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Ki Hong Lee

    ** I switched from two guest categories to one guest and one recurring. That way I can accommodate actors who appear in a lot of episodes or have recurred for multiple seasons — people too prominent to call guests, but not quite regulars. Categorizations are admittedly highly subjective.

    Best Comedy Writing
    “Black-ish”
    “Bob’s Burgers”
    “Jane the Virgin”
    “Review”
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
    “You’re the Worst”

    Best Comedy Directing
    “Black-ish”
    “Jane the Virgin”
    “Master of None”
    “Review”
    “Togetherness”
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

    ** The above categories are awards that consider overall writing and directing for the entire season. But I also kept specific categories for individual episodes …

    Best Comedy Episodic Writing
    “Black-ish” — The Word
    “Broad City” — Burning Bridges
    “Master of None” — Indians on TV
    “Review” — Conspiracy Theory
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!
    “You’re the Worst” — LCD Soundsystem

    Best Comedy Episodic Directing
    “Master of None” — Mornings
    “Master of None” — Parents
    “Review” — Conspiracy Theory
    “Review” — Cult; Perfect Body
    “Togetherness” — Advanced Pretend
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place!

    Best Comedy Episodic Performance
    “Black-ish” — Anthony Anderson (“Hope”)
    “Review” — Andy Daly (“Conspiracy Theory”)
    “Togetherness’ — Melanie Lynskey (“The Sand Situation”)
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — Tituss Burgess (“Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place!”)
    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!” — Jane Krakowski (“Kimmy Walks Into a Bar!”)
    “You’re the Worst” — Aya Cash (“There is Not Currently a Problem”)

    ** This category is sort of the Emmy tape award: for standout performances in specific episodes — all actors are eligible for this: lead, supporting, and guest.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Now for my DRAMA categories! I don’t like to play favorites, but these were way more competitive than comedy this year.

    Best Drama Series
    “The Americans”
    “Doctor Who”
    “Hannibal”
    “The Leftovers”
    “Mr. Robot”
    “Rectify”
    “Sense8”

    Shows that came close: “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Affair,” “UnReal”

    Shows I’m just not that into, at least not this year: “Homeland,” “Better Call Saul,” “House of Cards”

    Best Drama Ensemble
    “Downton Abbey”
    “Game of Thrones”
    “The Leftovers”
    “Orange is the New Black”
    “Rectify”
    “Sense8”

    Best Drama Actor
    “The Americans” — Matthew Rhys
    “Bloodline” — Kyle Chandler
    “Doctor Who” — Peter Capaldi
    “Hannibal” — Mads Mikkelsen
    “The Leftovers” — Justin Theroux
    “Mr. Robot” — Rami Malek
    “Rectify” — Aden Young

    ** This category was punishing. I could easily have added three or four more actors. It was tough not including Hugh Dancy (“Hannibal”), Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), or Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

    Best Drama Actress
    “The Americans” — Keri Russell
    “Bates Motel” — Vera Farmiga
    “How to Get Away with Murder” — Viola Davis
    “Jessica Jones” — Krysten Ritter
    “The Leftovers” — Carrie Coon
    “Orphan Black” — Tatiana Maslany
    “UnReal” — Shiri Appleby

    Best Drama Supporting Actor
    “The Affair” — Joshua Jackson
    “Downton Abbey” — Kevin Doyle
    “Jessica Jones” — David Tennant
    “The Leftovers” — Kevin Carroll
    “The Leftovers” — Christopher Eccleston
    “Mr. Robot” — Christian Slater
    “Rectify” — Clayne Crawford

    Best Drama Supporting Actress
    “The Affair” — Maura Tierney
    “The Americans” — Alison Wright
    “Hannibal” — Gillian Anderson
    “The Leftovers” — Regina King
    “Rectify” — Adelaide Clemens
    “Rectify” — Abigail Spencer
    “UnReal” — Constance Zimmer
    “The Walking Dead” — Melissa McBride

    ** By far the toughest category to pick. Eight nominees, but there were 10 more women who were deserving, including Ann Dowd (“Leftovers”), the “Game of Thrones” women (Headey, Williams, Turner), Holly Taylor (“Americans”), Caitlin Fitzgerald (“Masters of Sex”) and a half dozen women from “Orange is the New Black.”

    Best Drama Guest Performer
    “The Americans” — Ruthie Ann Miles
    “Doctor Who” — Alex Kingston
    “Doctor Who” — Maisie Williams
    “Mr. Robot” — B.D. Wong
    “The Walking Dead” — John Carroll Lynch
    “The Walking Dead” — Alicia Witt

    Best Drama Recurring Performer
    “The Americans” — Dylan Baker
    “The Americans” — Annet Mahendru
    “Hannibal” — Richard Armitage
    “The Leftovers” — Steven Williams
    “Mr. Robot” — Gloria Reuben
    “Transparent” — Kathryn Hahn

    Best Drama Writing
    “The Americans”
    “Downton Abbey”
    “The Leftovers”
    “Mr. Robot”
    “Rectify”
    “UnReal”

    Best Drama Directing
    “The Americans”
    “Game of Thrones”
    “Hannibal”
    “The Leftovers”
    “Mr. Robot”
    “Sense8”

    Best Drama Episodic Writing
    “The Americans” — Travel Agents
    “Doctor Who” — Heaven Sent
    “Hannibal” — Antipasto
    “The Leftovers” — Lens
    “Mr. Robot” — eps1.0_hellofriend.mov
    “Sense8” — Death Doesn’t Let You Say Goodbye
    “The Walking Dead” — The Same Boat

    Best Drama Episodic Directing
    “Doctor Who” — Heaven Sent
    “Game of Thrones” — The Winds of Winter
    “The Leftovers” — I Live Here Now
    “The Leftovers” — International Assassin
    “Mr. Robot” — eps1.0_hellofriend.mov
    “Transparent” — Kina Hora
    “The Walking Dead” — JSS

    Best Drama Episodic Performance
    “The Americans” — Alison Wright (“Travel Agents”)
    “Bates Motel” — Freddie Highmore (“Forever”)
    “Doctor Who” — Peter Capaldi (“Heaven Sent”)
    “The Leftovers” — Amy Brenneman (“Off Ramp”)
    “The Leftovers” — Carrie Coon (“Lens”)
    “The Leftovers” — Ann Dowd (“International Assassin”)
    “The Leftovers” — Regina King (“Lens”)
    “The Leftovers” — Chris Zylka (“Off Ramp”)

    ** Yup, five out of eight nominees are “Leftovers.” None here for Justin Theroux for two reasons: I couldn’t decide between “Assassin” and “I Live Here Now,” and I wanted to prioritize actors who had amazing episodes but I couldn’t quite accommodate in the supporting categories.

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    Jason Brown
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    You have some very creative categories. Big thumbs up on the Hannibal and Leftovers love.

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    Riley
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    The high point of Review this year for me was Lennon Parham firing the RPG.

    I love The Leftovers‘ domination of the last category. My only tweak would be Liv Tyler for “Ten Thirteen” over Chris Zylka.

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    Shocked by the fact that Kevin Doyle is your only DA actor on the list. I think all Dockery, Carmichael, Carter, Logan, Smith, Froggatt, James-Collier were much better. Some of them in a different category, but still.

    Yay for Melissa McBride, Farmiga and Viola! No love for Famke 🙁

    Overall good nominations!

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The high point of Review this year for me was Lennon Parham firing the RPG.

    I love The Leftovers‘ domination of the last category. My only tweak would be Liv Tyler for “Ten Thirteen” over Chris Zylka.

    That was a close call. Honestly, I could have filled the entire category with just “The Leftovers,” but I didn’t want to shove all those other shows out. 🙂

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Shocked by the fact that Kevin Doyle is your only DA actor on the list. I think all Dockery, Carmichael, Carter, Logan, Smith, Froggatt, James-Collier were much better. Some of them in a different category, but still.

    Yay for Melissa McBride, Farmiga and Viola! No love for Famke ????

    Overall good nominations!

    Laura Carmichael would have been in Drama Supporting Actress any other year, but this year was tough. (She went lead at the Emmys, but that category was a bit too crowded for me too.)

    I think I nominated Rob-James Collier a couple of seasons ago, but Kevin Doyle, this last season, just put a smile on my face whenever he was on-screen. Seeing Molesley finally get some love and success was one of the highlights of the season for me, so I couldn’t keep him out. 🙂

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    Hi all,

    I spend way too much time on these every year, but they’re a tradition I love because they give me an alternate awards history to obsess over to when the Emmys get it wrong. ????

    These are my 20th annual nominations (I started them in 1997, when I was 13), and the winners I’ll decide at a later date, though a great many of them are already foregone conclusions. As always there are a lot of shows I didn’t have a chance to see, and popular shows I’m not as fond of. I’ll mention those where applicable. Being a TV completist these days is virtually impossible, but I did watch A LOT, which will be evident in these nominations.

    I’ll go genre by genre.

    This is so cool! I just decided to start mine this very year. What do you think?

    http://www.goldderby.com/forum/television/teridaxs-choice-tv-awards-2015-2016/

    P.S. I’ve never seen The Leftovers or Hannibal, but I think you’ll appreciate all the Black-ish love. 🙂

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    Jason Brown
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    Oh man, how could I forget how phenomenal Rob James-Collier was this season?? Carmichael is the other standout this year, IMO.

    Antipasto over Digestivo or Wrath of the Lamb. Interesting…

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I have three categories for NEW SERIES, which are like my Best New Artist awards for TV:

    Best New Television Series
    “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
    “Jessica Jones”
    “Master of None”
    “Mr. Robot”
    “Sense8”
    “UnReal”

    Best New Series Actor
    “Difficult People” — Billy Eichner
    “Jessica Jones” — David Tennant
    “Master of None” — Aziz Ansari
    “Mr. Robot” — Rami Malek
    “Mr. Robot” — Christian Slater
    “Sense8” — Miguel Angel Silvestre

    Best New Series Actress
    “Another Period” — Natasha Leggero
    “Another Period” — Riki Lindhome
    “Jessica Jones” — Krysten Ritter
    “Sense8” — Jamie Clayton
    “UnReal” — Shiri Appleby
    “UnReal” — Constance Zimmer

    ** There were TONS of other new shows that I sampled one or two episodes of, but it was incredibly hard to keep up with all the new content this year.

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    I wish Ann Dowd would have made it into the Supporting Actress race. I’m glad she at least got the Episodic Performance nomination. Otherwise, I like the line-up, although I’m a big fan of House of Cards so their lack of nominations is a little disappointing. But hey, I get it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

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    I love so many of these nominations, Sense8 the most, but it continues to baffle me how anyone could watch Downton Abbey’s final season (episode 8 in particular) and not think Michelle Dockery and, to a lesser extent, Laura Carmichael were worthy of awards consideration.

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    Jason Brown
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    I love so many of these nominations, Sense8 the most, but it continues to baffle me how anyone could watch Downton Abbey’s final season (episode 8 in particular) and not think Michelle Dockery and, to a lesser extent, Laura Carmichael were worthy of awards consideration.

    Those two were fantastic, especially in the penultimate episode (never know what number it is because of the UK/US inconsistencies).

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    Andrew Carden
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    Sweet! Delighted to see Mike Carlsen get some love.

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