TCA Awards 2018: Killing Eve, Darren Criss, The Americans among nominees

tcaThe 2018 TCA Awards nominations were officially announced on Tuesday morning, and within them you see many of fresh faces. Shows like HBO’s Barry and BBC America’s Killing Eve are the recipients of many nominations, and actors like Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) are among those given a little bit of love for their respective projects.

Take a look at the full list of nominations below. The awards will be handed out in a ceremony on Saturday, August 4.

Program of the Year

The Americans, FX
Atlanta, FX
The Good Place, NBC
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Killing Eve, BBC America
This Is Us, NBC

The Handmaid’s Tale is the reigning champ, and the only way we imagine there being a change in 2018 is if Killing Eve, which clearly has momentum and that new-show smell around it, finds a way to come up with an upset.

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

The Americans, FX
The Crown, Netflix
The Good Fight, CBS All Access
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Killing Eve, BBC America
This Is Us, NBC

We do think that that the Program of the Year category is slightly redundant — only twice in the past ten years has a show not a traditional drama won (The People v. OJ Simpson, a limited series, and Glee, a musical/comedy).

Individual Achievement in Drama

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Keri Russell, The Americans

It’s awesome that Criss managed to make this list despite being in a limited series — though we do still think that Moss has the inside track and it’s possible Comer and Oh cancel each other act.

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

Atlanta, FX
Barry, HBO
GLOW, Netflix
The Good Place, NBC
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon
One Day at a Time, Netflix

This is a very good list of nominees, especially in getting Barry and One Day at a Time on here. This is a two-show race between Atlanta and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Individual Achievement in Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry

While it’s great to see Danson, Bloom, and Adlon on the list, the other three nominees are the ones who control this particular category.

Outstanding New Program

Barry, HBO
Counterpart, Starz
GLOW, Netflix
Killing Eve, BBC America
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon
Mindhunter, Netflix

Go ahead and give the award to Killing Eve now.

Outstanding Achievement in Movie / Miniseries

Alias Grace, Netflix
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX
Howards End, Starz
Patrick Melrose, Showtime
The Tale, HBO
Twin Peaks: The Return, Showtime

It seems like Gianni Versace is the clear favorite here, but don’t be shocked if there is an upset. Criss is brilliant, but the limited series itself has some problems with pacing.

Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO
Late Night With Seth Meyers, NBC
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS
Saturday Night Live, NBC

This category can be a little unpredictable, especially with many of Bee’s recent headlines. Still, Last Week Tonight is our clear pick.

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN
60 Minutes, CBS
Blue Planet 2, BBC America
The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC
The Vietnam War, PBS
Wild Wild Country, Netflix

Even before Bourdain’s death, we still would have given this to Parts Unknown. Now, it is a no-brainer.

Outstanding Achievement in Reality

The Great British Baking Show, PBS
Nailed It!, Netflix
Project Runway, Lifetime
Queer Eye, Netflix
RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1

Of this group, Queer Eye likely has it thanks to some of its innate nostalgia — even if we are a sucker for British baking.

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS Kids
Elena of Avalor, Disney Channel
Muppet Babies, Disney Junior
Odd Squad, PBS Kids
Sesame Street, HBO
Sofia the First, Disney Junior

Not our area of expertise — you can share how you feel in the comments.

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