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'Game of Thrones' leads TV critics' awards noms

The Television Critics Association -- of which, yes, I'm a member -- has an awards show that may not be as glitzy as the Emmys but does feature voters who actually watch TV.

'Game of Thrones' leads TV critics' awards noms

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The  Television Critics Association  -- of which, yes, I'm a member -- has an awards show that may not be as glitzy as the Emmys but does feature voters who actually watch TV.

You also can't watch our awards on TV, which probably explains why the winners tend to give much better speeches than they do at televised ceremonies, where forgetting to thank HBO (or one's agent) can get someone killed.

Anyway, after a grueling process in which we were all sent surveys and then spent a lot of time on Twitter lobbying our friends, the nominations for the 2011 Television Critics Association Awards are in, and it looks as if someone's probably going to have to thank HBO, after all, because "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" are both big contenders..

Here's the official release:

 

 

LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2010) – The Television Critics Association (TCA), a media organization with more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, today announced nominations for its 2011 TCA Awards.  The 2011 TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2010-2011 season, honoring both actors and producers in a variety of categories including news and information, youth, drama and comedy achievements. This year’s 27th annual awards show will include for the first time a category to honor the best TV series in reality programming.

The winners of the 27th Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the invitation-only presentation, Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the group’s bi-annual industry conference.  “Parks and Recreation’s” Nick Offerman serves as host for the non-televised event and is a nominee in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category along with his fellow “Parks and Recreation” cast member Amy Poehler. Both are joined by Ty Burrell (ABC’s “Modern Family), Louis C.K. (FX’s “Louis”), Danny Pudi (NBC’s “Community”) and Jon Stewart, (Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”) as nominees in this category.

“The Television Critics Association’s yearly awards are a prestigious event where seasoned professional TV writers offer their choices for the people and shows bringing the best to TV audiences,” said Television Critics Association President Susan Young. “We do not accept submissions. Nominees represent the TCA's version of the All-Star team and we take great pride in honoring them.”

 

In addition to recognizing the year’s finest programming, the TCA Awards bestow a Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program that has culturally or socially impacted society. This year, the TCA members have nominated some of TV’s most memorable series with CBS’ “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks,” CBS’ “All in the Family” and ABC’s “Twin Peaks” as nominees in this eminent category.

The organization also presents a Career Achievement Award to an individual who has influenced television through his work on the small screen. Nominees include producer Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues”), NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol, late-night talk show host David Letterman (“Late Show David Letterman Show”), actor William Shatner (“Star Trek”), actress Cloris Leachman (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and talk show host/network executive Oprah Winfrey (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”).

Below is the complete list of the 2011 Television Critics Association nominees.  
Individual Achievement in Drama

  1. Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire,” HBO)
  2. Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)
  3. Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
  4. Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” CBS)
  5. Margo Martindale (“Justified”, FX)
  6. Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” FX)


 
Individual Achievement in Comedy

  1. Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC)
  2. Louis C.K. (“Louis,” FX)
  3. Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
  4. Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
  5. Danny Pudi (“Community,” NBC)
  6. Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show,” Comedy Central)


 
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

  1. “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” (HBO)
  2. “Restrepo” (National Geographic Channel)
  3. “60 Minutes” (CBS)
  4. “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)
  5. “30 for 30” (ESPN)



Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

  1. “Amazing Race” (CBS)
  2. “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel)
  3. “Survivor” (CBS)
  4. “The Voice” (NBC)
  5. “Top Chef: All Stars” (Bravo)



Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

  1. “A Children’s Garden of Poetry” (HBO)
  2. “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
  3. “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” (Nickelodeon)
  4. “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” (The Hub)
  5. “Sesame Street” (PBS)
  6. “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)


 
Outstanding New Program

  1. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
  2. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  3. “Terriers” (FX)
  4. “The Killing” (AMC)
  5. “Walking Dead” (AMC)



Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

  1. “Cineme Verite” (HBO)
  2. “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)
  3. “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
  4. "Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)
  5. “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)


 
Outstanding Achievement in Drama

  1. “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
  2. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  3. “Justified” (FX)
  4. “Mad Men” (AMC)  
  5. “The Good Wife” (CBS)


 
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

  1. “Community” (NBC)
  2. “Louie” (FX)
  3. “Modern Family” (ABC)
  4. “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
  5. “Raising Hope” (FOX)


 
Career Achievement Award

  1. Steven Bochco
  2. Dick Ebersol
  3. Cloris Leachman
  4. David Letterman
  5. William Shatner
  6. Oprah Winfrey


 
Heritage Award

  1. “All in the Family”
  2. “Freaks and Geeks”
  3. “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
  4. “Twin Peaks”

 

 
Program of the Year

  1. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
  2. “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
  3. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  4. “Justified” (FX)
  5. “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

 

ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION

 

The Television Critics Association represents more than 200 journalists writing about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada. For 27 years the TCA has honored outstanding achievement in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards.  Membership in the Television Critics Association is open to full-time TV writers at newspapers, magazines, trade publications, news wire services, news syndicates, and text-based Internet news organizations. For additional information on the TCA, please visit www.tvcritics.org. The TCA is also represented on Facebook and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, tweets are represented with the hashtag #TCAs11.

Daily News TV Critic
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