2018 TCA Awards preview: What will ‘The Americans’ and ‘Killing Eve’ win this weekend?

The Television Critics Association will announce the winners for their 34th annual awards this Saturday, August 4, 2018 at an untelevised ceremony hosted by Robin Thede. “Killing Eve” led the nominations that were announced on June 19, becoming the seventh series in TCA Awards history to reap five simultaneous nominations, after the first seasons of “Modern Family” in 2010, “Friday Night Lights” in 2007, “Desperate Housewives” in 2005, “Arrested Development” in 2004, and both “The Practice” and “The Sopranos” in 1999. The only program ever to receive six nominations was the first season of “The West Wing” in 2000. All of these won at least one award. “Killing Eve” is nominated for Program of the Year, Best Drama Series and Best New Program, with stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh each nominated for Best Drama Individual Achievement.

The only other program that is double-nominated in any category is “The Americans,” also in Best Drama Individual Achievement for its co-leads. Matthew Rhys was previously nominated for the first three seasons, then Keri Russell was nominated for the fourth and neither was nominated for the fifth last year. They contend this year for the final season, together in the category for the first time. Having been nominated all six seasons for Best Drama Series — winning in 2016 and 2015 — and now on its fourth Program of the Year nomination, “The Americans” ends its run with 17 nominations, tying “Lost” and “Mad Men” and trailing only “The Sopranos” as the most-nominated drama in TCA history.

“Lost” and “The Sopranos” won Best Drama Series for their final seasons in 2010 and 2007 respectively, the former having won previously in 2006 and 2005 and the latter having won in 2004, 2001 and 1999. “Mad Men” finished in 2015 with a second Best Drama Individual Achievement award for star Jon Hamm. A Program of the Year win was how the TCA recognized the final seasons of “Breaking Bad” in 2014, “Friday Night Lights” in 2011 and “Battlestar Galactica” in 2009.

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With only 220 members (that convene during voting), the TCA is known to coordinate its voters to spread the wealth, like how “The Handmaid’s Tale” beat “This is Us” for Best Drama Series last year, but lost to it in Best New Program. “The Americans” and “Killing Eve” will probably each win at least one TCA Award this weekend, but the specific category might depend on what configuration of winners best caters to the programs that the powers that be want to recognize.

“The Americans” is the only program with four nominations this year. “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “The Good Place,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” each have three. “Friends” will receive the Heritage Award; it has six prior TCA nominations. Rita Moreno will receive the Career Achievement Award; she currently stars in “One Day at a Time,” which is on its first Best Comedy Series nomination.

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