The Television Critics Association Announces 2013 TCA Award Nominees

Game of Thrones” defends its title as Program of the Year

TCA Program of the Year Nominees Represent Diverse Genres From Period Piece “The Americans” and Fantasy Adventure “Game of Thrones” to Dramas “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland” and the zombie-filled “The Walking Dead”

Critics Nominate Stellar Personalities for Career Achievement Award — James L. Brooks, James Burrows, Jay Leno, William Shatner and Barbara Walters

The 28th Annual TCA Awards will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2013) – 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 2013 TCA Awards. The 2013 TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2012-2013 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories including news and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy achievements.

The winners of the 29th Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the invitation-only presentation on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the group’s bi-annual industry conference.

The nominations for current programming are spread across all four broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — PBS, 13 cable networks and the Internet streaming service Netflix. FX leads the way with seven nominations; CBS, NBC and HBO each have six; and AMC has five.

The nominees include a number of past winners — Louis C.K., Bryan Cranston and shows ranging from “Mad Men” to “Game of Thrones” and “The Daily Show” to “The Big Bang Theory.”

But there are also a number of first-time nominees, including “Orphan Black” and its star, Tatiana Maslany, “The Glee Project” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

Last year’s Program of the Year, “Game of Thrones,” is once again nominated in that category. The nominees include the first-ever nod for an online programming outlet — Netflix’s “House of Cards,” which is also nominated for Outstanding New Program.

“These were not easy choices for our 200-plus members,” said TCA President Candace Havens. “The past TV season was filled with deserving people and programs, and these are the cream of the crop.”

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’s “All In the Family”; ABC’s “Lost” and “Twin Peaks;” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and “Star Trek.”

The organization also presents a Career Achievement Award to an individual who has influenced television through his or her work on the small screen. Nominees include producer/writer James L. Brooks, director/producer James Burrows, late-night talk show host Jay Leno, actor William Shatner, and reporter/anchorwoman Barbara Walters.

Below is the complete list of the 2013 Television Critics Association nominees.

Individual Achievement in Comedy

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)

Individual Achievement in Drama

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)

News and Information

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


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

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

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

Outstanding New Program

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

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

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

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

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

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

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

Career Achievement Award

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

Heritage Award

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

Program of the Year

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

For more information, please contact TCA publicist Cindy Ronzoni:
[email protected]
Twitter: @cindyronzoni


The Television Critics Association represents more than 200 journalists writing about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada. For 28 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 The TCA is also represented on Facebook and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, tweets are represented with the hashtag #TCAs13.

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