Television Critics Association Announces Nominees for 36th Annual TCA Awards

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The Television Critics Association (TCA) has announced the nominees for the organization’s 36th annual TCA Awards, which honor outstanding achievements in news and information, youth, reality, drama, comedy, miniseries and sketch/variety shows.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be a formal in-person awards presentation.  Winners will be announced later this summer.

HBO leads the pack for the second consecutive year, scoring 16 nominations.  Netflix follows with 10 nominations, while FX/FX on Hulu earned a combined seven nods.  Hulu and PBS/PBS Kids are tied for fourth with six nominations each.  Rounding out the rest are NBC with five; AMC and Pop TV with three nominations each; CBS/CBS All Access and Disney+ with two, and ABC, AppleTV+, Bravo TV, Comedy Central, ESPN, MSNBC and TBS with one each.

This year’s nominees reflect the expansiveness of the TV landscape, fueled by first-year series such as HBO's Watchmen, Hulu's Ramy and HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show, as well as stars and creators such as Issa Rae, Regina King, and Ramy Youssef, among others. This was also a strong year for newly launched streaming services Disney+ and AppleTV+, whose original offerings The MandalorianEncore! and The Morning Show, respectively, earned the platforms their first nominations in their inaugural seasons.

Watchmen and Netflix's Unbelievable lead all programs with four nominations apiece and find themselves in direct competition in three out of four categories.  Watchmen seeks to secure wins for Outstanding New Program, as well as for series star Regina King who will face off against Unbelievable standouts Kaitlyn Dever and Merrit Wever in the Individual Achievement In Drama category.  The two series will meet again as they vie for accolades in Outstanding Achievement In Movies or Miniseries and the prestigious Program of the Year award.

Below is the list of 2020 Television Critics Association nominees, excluding the Career Achievement and Heritage Award winners, which will be announced along with the winners later this summer.

Individual Achievement in Drama

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America -- FX on Hulu
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable -- Netflix
Regina King, Watchmen -- HBO
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True -- HBO
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul -- AMC
Jeremy Strong, Succession -- HBO
Merrit Wever, Unbelievable -- Netflix

Individual Achievement in Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things -- FX
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me -- Netflix
Elle Fanning, The Great -- Hulu
Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek -- Pop TV
Issa Rae, Insecure -- HBO
Ramy Youssef, Ramy -- Hulu

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

60 Minutes -- CBS
Frontline -- PBS
Hillary -- Hulu
The Last Dance -- ESPN
McMillions -- HBO
The Rachel Maddow Show -- MSNBC

Outstanding Achievement in Reality

Cheer -- Netflix
Encore! -- Disney+
Holey Moley -- ABC
Making It -- NBC
Top Chef All-Stars L.A. -- Bravo
We’re Here! -- HBO

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

Carmen Sandiego -- Netflix
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood -- PBS Kids
Molly of Denali -- PBS Kids
Odd Squad -- PBS Kids
Wild Kratts -- PBS Kids
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum -- PBS Kids

Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows

A Black Lady Sketch Show -- HBO
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah -- Comedy Central
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee -- TBS
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver -- HBO
Late Night with Seth Meyers -- NBC
Saturday Night Live -- NBC

Outstanding Achievement in Movies or Miniseries

Little Fires Everywhere -- Hulu
Mrs. America -- FX on Hulu
Normal People -- Hulu
The Plot Against America -- HBO
Unbelievable -- Netflix
Watchmen -- HBO

Outstanding New Program

The Great -- Hulu
The Mandalorian -- Disney+
The Morning Show -- AppleTV+
Never Have I Ever -- Netflix
Watchmen -- HBO
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist -- NBC

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

Better Call Saul -- AMC
The Crown -- Netflix
Euphoria -- HBO
The Good Fight -- CBS All Access
Pose -- FX
Succession -- HBO

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

Better Things -- FX
Dead to Me -- Netflix
The Good Place -- NBC
Insecure -- HBO
Schitt's Creek -- Pop TV
What We Do in the Shadows -- FX

Program of the Year

Better Call Saul -- AMC
Mrs. America -- FX on Hulu
Schitt’s Creek -- Pop TV
Succession -- HBO
Unbelievable -- Netflix
Watchmen -- HBO

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