TCA Award Nominations: 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Parks and Rec' Lead the Pack
TCA Award Nominations: 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Parks and Rec' Lead the Pack
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
I'm very proud to be a member of the Television Critic Association, especially on days like today, when the nominations for the organization's 27th annual TCA Awards are announced.

Television critics often look beyond the traditional shows you might see in other awards to honor the programs and actors who truly represent the best TV has to offer. This year's nominations are led by FX's Justified, HBO's Game of Thrones and NBC's Parks and Recreation, but there are also nominations for strong underdog shows like Community, Louie, Terriers.

While the TCA Awards only give out two individual acting awards, one for drama and one for comedy, the nominees still manage to represent a wide range of performers, from leads to supporting players, men and women. I'm particularly proud of nominations for Justified's Margo Martindale, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman, who is also hosting this year's ceremony.

Cable also had a great year, dominating all five spots for the best new program, with two from HBO, two from AMC and one for FX' canceled but not forgotten Terriers.

In addition to honoring this year in television, the TCA also gives out a Career Achievement Award as well as a Heritage Award to a past show that is worthy of being remembered.

Here are the complete list of nominees.

Individual Achievement in Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
Individual Achievement in Comedy
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louie
Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Danny Pudi, Community
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
The Good Wife

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Raising Hope

Outstanding New Program
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
The Killing
The Walking Dead

Program of the Year
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
Cineme Verite
Downton Abbey: Masterpiece
Mildred Pierce
Sherlock: Masterpiece
Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
The Voice
Top Chef: All Stars

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
A Children's Garden of Poetry
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour
Sesame Street
Yo Gabba Gabba

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise
60 Minutes
The Rachel Maddow Show
30 for 30

Career Achievement Award
Steven Bochco
Dick Ebersol
Cloris Leachman
David Letterman
William Shatner
Oprah Winfrey
Heritage Award
All in the Family
Freaks and Geeks
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Twin Peaks

(Image courtesy of HBO)