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Television Critics Association (TCA) Announce Nominees; No 'Scandal' Love Here Either

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 10, 2013 2:08 PM
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Things aren't looking very good for Scandal right now, ahead of next month's Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcements on Thursday, July 18.

I say that because last month's nominees for the 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards (from the The Broadcast Television Journalists Association), were Scandal-free. The hit Shonda Rhimes series didn't receive a single nomination.

Skip ahead 3 weeks to today's Television Critics Association (TCA) announcement of their nominees, which is also completely Scandal-free. In fact, unlike the Broadcast Television Journalist Association's Critics' Choice Awards, which saw 5 different black actors/performers nominated, the TCAs are mostly *color-free* unfortunately. I'm just stating the obvious.

Of note, the critically-acclaimed documentary, The Central Park Five, received a nomination in the News And Information category.

No surprise, cable TV dominates the TCA's list of nominees. That is where the best TV resides these days, as broadcast networks look to retool their lineups starting next season in order to compete. The one major category in which broadcast networks dominate is in Reality TV. *Shocking*

Also worth noting, Netflix received its first official acknowledgement as a player in the TV space, with multiple nominations for House Of Cards.

The TCA awards will be presented on Saturday, August 3.

The complete list of nominations follows:

The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
The Walking Dead, AMC

The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
Mad Men, AMC

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Monica Potter, Parenthood (NBC)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Louie, FX
New Girl, Fox
Park and Recreation, NBC
Veep, HBO

Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Jake Johnson, New Girl (Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

The Americans, FX
Elementary, CBS
House of Cards, Netflix
The Mindy Project, Fox
Orphan Black, BBC America

American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Downton Abbey, PBS
Rectify, Sundance Channel
Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

The Amazing Race, CBS
The Glee Project, Oxygen
Shark Tank, ABC
Survivor, CBS
The Voice, NBC

Adventure Time, Cartoon Network
Bunheads, ABC Family
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS
Sesame Street, PBS
Switched at Birth, ABC Family

60 Minutes, CBS
Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
Central Park Five, PBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC

All In the Family, CBS
Lost, ABC
Saturday Night Live, NBC
Star Trek, NBC
Twin Peaks, ABC

James L. Brooks
James Burrows
Jay Leno
William Shatner
Barbara Walters

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  • NO BRAINER | June 13, 2013 2:42 PMReply

    Are we surprised?

  • JP | June 11, 2013 2:40 PMReply

    In a fair world, Breaking Bad would win all of its categories. If Scandal wants to be taken seriously, they'll have to tone down the comic-strip melodrama and put at least a baby toe in the real world. But that's why their fans love the show, so it's a catch-22.

  • jp | June 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    And Krysten Ritter should have been nominated over any of the female noms for Individual Achievement in Comedy. It takes a lot of talent to play funny-crazy.

  • charls | June 11, 2013 9:41 AMReply

    As long as these panels are controlled by the whites, black actors and actresses will never get the recognition they so richly deserve.

  • NO BRAINER | June 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    Yeah. Right. It's the fault of all those oppressive white devils.

  • beemooree | June 10, 2013 5:56 PMReply

    i still believe scandal is somewhat too new given the fact their 1st season was 7 eps and people just caught on in its 2nd season. I know kerry and scandal has been considered for your consideration so we shall see with next month. On the bright side, Kerry is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter and rightfully placed. (Front and Center)

  • saadiyah | June 10, 2013 11:55 PM

    But it still didn't get nominated in the New Program categories. Those are freshman shows that are excellent right out of the gate.

    Scandal has the potential to be award worthy, but it needs to lose it soapiness and focus on being a real political drama!

  • Alex | June 10, 2013 3:39 PMReply

    I am a huge Scandal fan. However looking at the nominations, I honestly can't say that I would replace any of them with it. If there was one more space, I'd put it in, but that is some top notch telly in the drama category. Its a fantastic show, but it's not the best of the best, but its getting there.

  • bohemian_princess | June 10, 2013 4:03 PM

    Here's an upopular opinion. I would have replaced it with Homeland. Season 1 of Homeland was fantastic but season 2 was utter crap. I mean how many scenes with that mopey teenager did we really need? The only thing that saved this show was the performances (particularly Claire and Damian Lewis) but based on the writing alone I feel that Scandal edged it out and least anyone think I'm a Scandal fanatic I don't think it deserves to beat Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones. Those shows are just in another league

  • Alex | June 10, 2013 3:39 PM

    *I can't honestly say*

  • slb | June 10, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    I said this in the other post about "Scandal-free" nominations. For anyone who thinks "Scandal" should have been nominated, I challenge them to identify the nominees that should be replaced with "Scandal". I'm not a fan of "Scandal". I watched all of season 1 and about 6 episodes of season 2 then realized that the show is terrible. The writing is pretty awful and the acting performances aren't very good either. And of the shows that were nominated, I don't think Scandal (nor its actors or creative staff) is good enough to replace any of the nominees.

  • NO BRAINER | June 13, 2013 2:44 PM

    Lol @ SLB. I watched one episode and knew that the show is terrible.

  • ALM | June 11, 2013 7:46 PM

    I'm with Bohemian Princess. The best performances on the show are (in this order): Guillermo, Jeff Perry, Kerry Washington and then Bellamy Young.

  • adawn | June 10, 2013 10:40 PM

    co-sign w/bohemian. as much as i love "parenthood" and monica potter did have some good stuff to work with this season, i would have liked to see guillermo nominated.

    that said, if tatiana maslany doesn't take that category...i'm just done.

  • valleygirl | June 10, 2013 6:01 PM

    Agreed @ bohemianp. Guillermo really went to some vulnerable places as Huck. I still cant watch 752. Its a very emotional episode. His episodes tend to take us to places that are very rarely discussed.

  • bohemian_princess | June 10, 2013 3:35 PM

    To answer your question Guillermo Diaz(Huck) and Jeff Perry(Cyrus) really do deliver noteworthy performances week in and week out. I also think Tony Goldwyn does a pretty great job as well as does Kerry. I know people like to dismiss Scandal because of its tendency to go soapy but it really is a solid show with solid performances and I think it is Shonda Rhimes' best written show. If Grey's Anatomy can receive 50/11 nominations then I think it is not outside the realm of possibility in thinking that Scandal could as well. Based on the nominees it could have easily replaced Parenthood.

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