Television Critics Association Awards 2013: The Americans lead the way with six nods, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones follow

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The nominations for this year’s Television Critics Association Awards are in and it seems The Americans is leading the way. Game of Thrones, New Girl, Breaking Bad and American Horror Story have also received nods in the nominations.

The Americans, which is set during the Cold War period in the 1980’s tells the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings. The pair are Soviet KGB officers posing as American citizens and a married couple.


The show is up for four nominations in categories such as Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Drama and New Program. Matthew Rhys who plays Philip Jennings has been given the nod for Individual Achievement in Drama.

Breaking Bad has picked up three nominations for Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama whilst Bryan Cranston is nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama.

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Elsewhere, Game of Thrones, which has had an outstanding season has picked up two nominations, as did Orphan Black, Parks & Recreation and New Girl.

FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum picks up nominations for Outstanding Mini-series, Movie or Special, against Behind the Candelabra and Downton Abbey.

The reality shortlist sees The Amazing Race, The Glee Project, Shark Tank, Survivor and The Voice all go up against each other. The Big Bang Theory, Louie, New Girl, Park and Recreation and Veep also fight it out for the comedy award.

Meanwhile, the Heritage award will be presented to either All in the Family, Lost, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek or Twin Peaks, whilst James L Brooks, James Burrows, Jay Leno, William Shatner and Barbara Walters fight it out for the Career Achievement Award.

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In terms of networks, FX leads the way with seven nominations whilst CBS, NBC and HBO finish with six nominations and AMC picked up five nods.

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

Take a look at the full nominations list, below:

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

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
Mad Men, AMC

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)

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

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)

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

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

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
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

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

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

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