The Television Critics Association Chooses Smart With 2016 Award Nominees

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The nominations for the 2016 Television Critics Association Awards have been announced, and the chosen television series and their respective actors and creative teams are an impressive — and diverse — selection. The unlikely dominating presence is USA’s Mr. Robot, a quirky, fast-paced hacker thriller headlined by a previously unknown star, the Egyptian-American Rami Malek. While ALL of the nominees in the “Individual Achievement in Drama” category are very strong, Malek is my pick; his performance makes the show pop with intensity and purpose.

Critical darling The People v. O.J. Simpson — which is my pick to win in the ‘Program of the Year’ category — is the other strong leader of the bunch, tying Mr. Robot with four nominations. My personal favorites Master of None, The Americans, and UnREAL, along with Crazy Ex-Girlfriendfollow with three apiece. I would also love to see spectacularly bizarre The Leftovers win in Drama and the subtly, beautifully funny Master of None win in Comedy. My follow-up choices are either the enthralling, perfectly directed and acted Better Call Saul or the wholly captivating The Americans in Drama and the wonderfully irreverent You’re the Worst in Comedy. HBO’s miniseries Show Me a Hero deserves to take a prize, for its great script and Oscar Isaac’s outstanding performance. 

Read all the nominees below. The winners will be announced at the ceremony taking place on August 6.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, All The Way, HBO
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot, USA
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul, AMC
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, FX
Keri Russell, The Americans, FX
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Aziz Ansari, Master of None, Netflix
Samantha Bee, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW
Aya Cash, You’re The Worst, FXX
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat, ABC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
CBS Sunday Morning, CBS
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS
Jackie Robinson, PBS
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO — (2015 Winner in Category)
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
United Shades of America, CNN

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
I Am Cait, E!
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, Showtime
The Great British Baking Show, PBS
Making a Murderer, Netflix
MasterChef Junior, Fox
Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS
Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior
Nature Cat, PBS
Odd Squad, PBS
Sofia the First, Disney Junior

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW
Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Netflix
Master of None, Netflix
Mr. Robot, USA
Underground, WGN America
UnREAL, Lifetime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES, AND SPECIALS
All the Way, HBO
Fargo, FX
The Night Manager, AMC
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, FX
Roots, History
Show Me a Hero, HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
The Americans, FX — (2015 Winner in Category)
Better Call Saul, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
The Leftovers, HBO
Mr. Robot, USA
UnREAL, Lifetime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Black-ish, ABC
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW
Master of None, Netflix
Silicon Valley, HBO
Veep, HBO
You’re the Worst, FXX

HERITAGE AWARD
The Larry Sanders Show, HBO
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, CBS
Seinfeld, NBC
Star Trek, NBC
Twin Peaks, ABC

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
The Americans, FX
Fargo, FX
Game of Thrones, HBO
Making a Murderer, Netflix
Mr. Robot, USA
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, FX
UnREAL, Lifetime

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