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Breaking Bad and True Detective lead TCA Awards’ nominations

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The Television Critics Association (which has a new logo they’d like you to pay attention to) has released the nominees for their 2014 awards—all chosen by television critics, including the three TV editors of The A.V. Club. Naturally, as the nominees reflect consensus, the list of nominees isn’t too surprising. Breaking Bad and True Detective are immediate frontrunners—scoring acting nominations for leads Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey, as well as nominations for achievements in drama and miniseries, respectively, and the organization’s top award, the program of the year.


Mad Men, meanwhile, was shut out entirely—which might be due to when the ballots were due (about 10 days ago, which was before the first part of the show’s seventh season ended).

Other notable nominees include Orange Is The New Black, which is up both for best new program and program of the year, and The Americans, which was recognized for Matthew Rhys’ acting and for outstanding achievement in drama. And Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is recognized for outstanding achievement in youth programming. Frequent nominees The Good Wife and Game Of Thrones round out the program of the year category.

In addition to nominations for programming, the TCA awards a career achievement prize. Nominees this year include Jay Leno, William Shatner, and Valerie Harper.

The full list of nominees is below. The TCA Awards will be presented July 19 in Los Angeles.

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie  [2013 winner in category]
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Individual Achievement in Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black [2013 winner in category]
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Matthew Rhys, The Americans


Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
CBS Sunday Morning
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
60 Minutes

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Shark Tank [2013 winner in category]
The Voice


Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Adventure Time
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
The Fosters
Sesame Street
Switched At Birth

Outstanding New Program
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Orange Is The New Black
 Sleepy Hollow
True Detective


Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
American Horror Story: Coven
The Returned
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
The Americans
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones [2013 winner in category]
House of Cards
The Good Wife


Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
The Big Bang Theory [2013 winner in category]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Mindy Project

Career Achievement Award
Mark Burnett
James Burrows
Valerie Harper
Jay Leno
William Shatner


Heritage Award
Saturday Night Live
South Park
Star Trek
Twin Peaks

Program of the Year
Breaking Bad [2013 winner in category]
Game of Thrones 
The Good Wife
Orange Is the New Black
True Detective