TCA Awards: Empire, Transparent, Jane, Americans, Mad Men Lead Nominees

TCA Award Nominations 2015 Empire

The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 31st Annual TCA Awards, and Fox’s mighty Empire and Amazon’s groundbreaking Transparent lead the pack with four nods apiece.

The CW’s Jane the Virgin, AMC’s Mad Men and FX’s The Americans followed with three nominations each.

Network-by-network, HBO came out on top with seven total nominations, while ABC, CBS, AMC, and FX each amassed five.

Among the shows looking to succeed Breaking Bad as Program of the Year are the freshmen Empire and Transparent and the recently wrapped Mad Men.

The 31st Annual TCA Awards will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

The Americans, FX
Empire, Fox
Game of Thrones, HBO
Mad Men, AMC
Transparent, Amazon

Better Call Saul, AMC
Empire, Fox
The Flash, The CW
Jane the Virgin, The CW
Transparent, Amazon

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central
Jane the Virgin, The CW
Transparent, Amazon
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (2014 winner)
Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat

The Americans, FX
Empire, Fox
Game of Thrones, HBO
Justified, FX
Mad Men, AMC

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Bessie, HBO
The Honorable Woman, SundanceTV
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, HBO
Olive Kitteridge, HBO
Wolf Hall, PBS

The Amazing Race, CBS
The Chair, Starz
Dancing With the Stars, ABC
RuPaul’s Drag Race, Logo  (2014 Winner)
Shark Tank, ABC

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS
The Fosters, ABC Family (2014 winner)
The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon
Sesame Street, PBS
Switched at Birth, ABC Family

60 Minutes, CBS
CBS Sunday Morning, CBS
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Frontline, PBS
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO

Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman
The Shield
Star Trek
Twin Peaks

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  1. jerem says:

    No Lisa Kudrow? Boo TCA!!!

  2. bshaid says:

    Thought they had been given already, but that may have been another critics award…

  3. androme3 says:

    Yay!! Congrats to Constance Wu from FOTB!!
    She’s the best part of the show as Jessica. She is hilarious.

  4. flutiefan says:

    Constance Wu!!!

  5. brandydanforth81 says:

    Yay Jane!!

  6. Dude says:

    Why do I feel like (despite being the most deserving) Jane the Virgin won’t win anything? And as much as I love Empire as a guilty pleasure the cliche, melodramatic writing does not deserve it a “Program of the Year” nomination. It’s only what it is because of Taraji and Terrence’s incredible performances.

  7. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Empire should win the Program of the year and Outstanding new program awards. Justified REALLY DESERVES the Outstanding Achievement award…..loved their finale episode!! Plus of course Viola Davis nuff said!

  8. Since says:

    Is it just me, or “individual achievement” actually seems better than separating best actor/actress?

  9. K says:

    I’m thrilled award shows are recognising Constance Wu, she’s a hugely refreshing talent and is the only reason I watch the show. I hope she wins.

  10. Spoiler Junkie says:

    The Americans – case closed.

  11. B says:

    I’m glad they at least recognized Justified in the Drama category but don’t hold much hope for it winning. That show was sadly overlooked for most of its run, and it was spectacular in the final season. Hope the Emmys are smart this year and also at least nominate it in several categories.

  12. HAP says:

    What does it say for the present state of NBC when, with the exception of the Heritage category, not a single NBC nod?

  13. There’s a show out there that gets higher ratings than any TV show ever. It’s called THE WALKING DEAD! Perhaps these idiots doing the award nominations have heard of it??

  14. Gerald says:

    Yay Flash.
    Wow the CW actually has a few nominations. About time.
    There are plenty of other worthy shows on the CW, but this is a start.

  15. Carolyn says:

    i thought Outlander might get nominated for outstanding new program…oh well…

    • Alichat says:

      I thought the same! And what about Orphan Black or The Affair? Homeland? Very surprising. I’m glad The Americans got nominated, but don’t understand excluding the others.

  16. hipster says:

    Didn’t expect Constance Wu to crack the top 5 of comedy performances here- especially with no separation between gender and lead/supporting. Good for her, I’m happy to see it. But I still don’t think Emmy will bite.

  17. AddieM says:

    Outstanding new program needs to be Empire of The Flash

  18. Amadeu says:

    Well… someone has to start… Where is Tatiana Maslany???

  19. Mr. Tran K says:

    No love for Homeland? BOO!!

  20. Guy says:

    Sooo everyone is just going to ignore the final season of the brilliant Parks and Rec and its star Amy Poehler? Irrelevant awards. And Empire for Program of the Year? LOL! That show is a hot mess. An over-the-top, cliched, melodramatic soap, which may be entertaining, but let’s stop acting like it’s some major artistic achievement in television.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      1) Program of the Year is awarded to the show that most made “a major cultural or social impact.”
      2) Please, just one (1) user name per IP address, thank you! Keeps everyone honest.

      • Alichat says:

        If that’s what Program of the Year is for, it’s even stranger to me that Outlander isn’t on that list.

  21. Joey Padron says:

    happy The Flash & Better Call Saul got nominated!

  22. matty says:

    No The Good Wife or Julianna Margulies? That is a crock! But I am happy for Amy Schumer, Constance Wu and Jeffery Tambor… I also like seeing The Fosters acknowledged.

    • Lauren says:

      No surprise at all about The Good Wife. Many fans hated this season and critics dinged it, too. The show was very subpar especially the writing with too much of the focus solely on an isolated Alicia. This showcased how JM’s performances were often very underwhelming and meh as well. The program worked better as more of an ensemble centering around the firm and when it allowed other characters to shine. Hope it finds its way back. I’m sure all of the scandal around their behind the scenes antics isn’t helping either.

  23. matty says:

    Wait, what is the difference between the TCA’s and the Critic’s Choice TV Awards?

  24. pat connell says:

    When is this award coming

  25. Lerbert says:

    Jon Hamm’s portrayal of Don Draper on the final season of Mad Men is pretty perfect and though I love watching all of the nominees in Individual Achievement, I really hope he is recognized.

    • amy says:

      Agreed. Hopefully he gets past the nomination stage and actually gets the win he has deserved for so long.

  26. D. says:

    The always forget Hannibal…

  27. kathydi says:

    Where is OUTLANDER? BEST acting this year!

  28. Aida blanco says:

    empire is going to take it all

  29. JoAnn S says:

    David Letterman!

  30. nancylou ross says:

    Sons of Anarchy should be on list for series and lead actor, Charlie Hunnam, should be on list and all those talented supporting actors should be on lists! Jane the Virgin??? Give me a break!