TCA Awards: Will these critics prizes preview the Emmy winners again?

On Monday (June 19), the Television Critics Association announced the nominees for its 33rd annual awards which will be held August 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Leading the pack with four bids apiece are the comedy series “Atlanta” and the dramas “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “This Is Us.” (See the full list of TCA Awards nominations.)

All three number among this year’s Emmy frontrunners as do many of other shows and performers cited by the TCA. While these nominations were announced midway through the first phase of Emmy balloting, the TCA winners will be revealed eight days before final Emmy voting commences on Aug. 14.

The winners of the TCA Awards in August often go on to take home Emmys in September. Last year, the big winner at both ceremonies was “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” It prevailed in all three of its TCA categories: Best Movie/Miniseries, Best Individual Achievement in Drama (Sarah Paulson) and the top prize, Program of the Year.

“The Americans” won Best Drama Series with the TCA for the second year in a row but lost its first Emmy bid in that race the following month. Seven other shows have won Best Drama multiple times at the TCA Awards, and five of them also won the Emmy for Best Drama (“Breaking Bad,” “Lost,” “Mad Men,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing”). The other two multiple TCA champs were “I’ll Fly Away” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Best Comedy Series was won by “Black-ish,” which also had a corresponding nomination in the Emmys’ top race. It edged out the eventual Emmy winner, “Veep,” which previously won this TCA prize in 2014. While “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” lost the series race, it took Best Individual Achievement in Comedy for Rachel Bloom, who created, writes, composes and produces the series in addition to her starring role. That award has also gone to other multi-hyphenate performers in the past, like Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” 2008), Louis C.K. (“Louie,” 2012-2013) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer,” 2015).

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