2016 TCA Awards: ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ score nominations

tcaAre the 2016 TCA Awards a complete reflection of what we tend to see at the Emmys? Not necessarily, but they are at least still a fairly decent indicator of the sort of programs that we tend to see critics pushing for and trying to support during this busy campaign season.

The show this year will air on Saturday, August 6 from the Beverly Hilton. Take a look at the primary nominees below, to go along with our quick analysis of them.

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

This is a fairly strong field of performers, but it shows further just how much “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is going to dominate at the Emmys. For us, Rami is probably the favorite, though you cannot rule out Paulson here.

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

Our feeling is that this should be between Bloom and Ansari, who were incredibly excellent on shows that somehow still feel like they have not received nearly as much attention as they probably deserve given the overall quality of their work.

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
“Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO
“United Shades of America,” CNN

“Last Week Tonight” was the winner here last year. We see no reason that this should change at all.

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

It is nice to see “Survivor” getting some love for its 31st season on the air, though we think “Making a Murderer” can go ahead and take the award in the category.

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

This isn’t really our forte; better off to stay out of the analysis here.

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

We should note that this is form “UnREAL” season 1, which so far is significantly better than season 2. It’s a shame that it will still lose to “Mr. Robot” almost without a doubt.

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

Poor “Fargo.” It was a great show that now has to compete against “American Crime Story.”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“The Americans,” FX
“Better Call Saul,” AMC
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“The Leftovers,” HBO
“Mr. Robot,” USA
“UnREAL,” Lifetime

Our vote would be for “The Leftovers,” but it’s really hard to quibble with any of these particular nominations given that they were all exemplary shows over the course of the past year.

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

Also, a really strong group here. Kudos to “black-ish” for getting in and showing that a network show can still do it.

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

We feel like this is “Mr. Robot’s” year to shine as a whole, but who knows? Maybe something like “Making a Murderer” or “American Crime Story” could get a sneak attack on a way to a win.

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