2020 TCA Award nominations for 'Watchmen,' 'Unbelievable' and shows from Pittsburgh's Fred Rogers Productions

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The 2020 Television Critics Association TCA Award Nominations are out with deserving series "Watchmen," "Unbelievable," "Better Call Saul," "Mrs. America," "Schitt's Creek" and "Sucession" leading the nominations.

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" and "Odd Squad," produced by Pittsburgh-based "Fred Rogers Productions," were both nominated for achievement in youth programming.

See the release with the full list of nominations after the jump. ...

 

THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 

2020 TCA AWARD NOMINATIONS

 

HBO Leads All Networks with 16 Nominations, HBO’s Hit “Watchmen” and the Netflix Drama “Unbelievable” Lead All Series with Four Nominations Each 

Other Notable Nominees Include the Disney+ Epic “The Mandalorian,” ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” Hulu’s “Ramy,” HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” FX on Hulu’s “Mrs. America” and AMC’s “Better Call Saul”

The 36th Annual TCA Awards will be Announced Late Summer

LOS ANGELES - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Today the Television Critics Association (TCA) announced the nominees for the organization’s 36TH annual TCA Awards. The 2020 TCA Awards put the spotlight on an eclectic roster of television content spanning a variety of platforms and genres, as it celebrates the best series, creators and stars of the 2019-2020 season. More than 200 professional television critics and journalists from the United States and Canada voted for programming showcased on broadcast, cable and streaming outlets.

The TCA presents awards in several different categories honoring outstanding achievements in news and information, youth, reality, drama, comedy, miniseries, and sketch/variety shows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be a formal in-person awards presentation. Winners will be announced later this summer. 

HBO leads the pack for the second consecutive year, scoring 16 nominations. Netflix follows with 10 nominations, while FX/FX on Hulu earned seven nods. Hulu and PBS/PBS Kids are tied for fourth with six nominations, and NBC has five. Rounding out the rest are AMC and Pop TV with three nominations each; CBS/CBS All Access and Disney+ with two; and ABC, AppleTV+, Bravo TV, Comedy Central, ESPN, MSNBC and TBS, which each have one

This year’s nominees reflect the expansiveness of the TV landscape, fueled by first-year series such as “Watchmen,” “Ramy” and “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” as well as stars and creators such as Issa Rae, Regina King, and Ramy Youssef, among others. This was also a strong year for newly launched streaming services Disney+ and AppleTV+, whose original offerings “The Mandalorian,” “Encore!” and “The Morning Show,” respectively, earned the platforms their first nominations in their inaugural seasons.

The 2020 TCA Awards are headlined by the Program Of The Year category, presenting an intriguing matchup that pits three newcomers against three established favorites. The exceptional contenders include: HBO’s riveting and timely tale “Watchmen,” Netflix’s powerful inspired-by-true-events series “Unbelievable,” and FX on Hulu’s second wave feminism docudrama “Mrs. America.” Also in contention is HBO’s darkly comic media dynasty drama “Succession,” AMC’s beloved “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul,” and Pop TV’s hilarious satirical sitcom “Schitt’s Creek.”

“Watchmen” and “Unbelievable” lead all programs with four nominations apiece and find themselves in direct competition in three out of four categories. “Watchmen” seeks to secure wins for Outstanding New Program, as well as for series star Regina King who will face off against “Unbelievable” standouts Kaitlyn Dever and Merrit Wever in the Individual Achievement In Drama category. The two series will meet again as they vie for accolades in Outstanding Achievement In Movie Or Miniseries and the prestigious Program Of The Year award.

“This was an incredible year for television, offering a variety of groundbreaking new series with fresh perspectives and renewed vigor for some veteran favorites,” said Sarah Rodman, TCA President and executive editor at Entertainment Weekly. “Although we sadly will not have the opportunity to gather to honor these creative achievements in person, we look forward to sharing our selections for the season’s top programs when the winners are unveiled later this summer.”

Below is the list of 2020 Television Critics Association nominees, excluding the Career Achievement and Heritage Award winners, which will be announced along with the winners late summer.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America” – FX on Hulu 

Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable” – Netflix

Regina King, “Watchmen” – HBO 

Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True” – HBO

Rhea Seehorn, “Better Call Saul” – AMC 

Jeremy Strong, “Succession” – HBO 

Merrit Wever, “Unbelievable” – Netflix

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

Pamela Adlon, "Better Things" – FX

Christina Applegate, "Dead to Me" – Netflix

Elle Fanning, "The Great" – Hulu

Catherine O'Hara, "Schitt's Creek" – Pop TV

Issa Rae, “Insecure” – HBO

Ramy Youssef, "Ramy" – Hulu

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION

"60 Minutes" – CBS (2012 Winner in Category)

“Frontline” – PBS (Eight-time Winner in Category)

"Hillary" – Hulu

"The Last Dance" – ESPN

 “McMillions” – HBO

"The Rachel Maddow Show" – MSNBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY

"Cheer" – Netflix

“Encore!” – Disney+

“Holey Moley” – ABC

"Making It" – NBC

"Top Chef All-Stars L.A." – Bravo

"We’re Here!" – HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING

"Carmen Sandiego" – Netflix

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" – PBS Kids (2016 Winner in Category)

"Molly of Denali" – PBS Kids

"Odd Squad" – PBS Kids

“Wild Kratts” – PBS Kids

"Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" – PBS Kids

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SKETCH/VARIETY SHOWS

“A Black Lady Sketch Show” – HBO

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" – Comedy Central

"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" –TBS

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" – HBO (2019 and 2018 Winner in Category)

"Late Night with Seth Meyers" – NBC

"Saturday Night Live" – NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE OR MINISERIES

“Little Fires Everywhere” – Hulu

"Mrs. America" – FX on Hulu

"Normal People" – Hulu

"The Plot Against America" – HBO

"Unbelievable" – Netflix

"Watchmen" – HBO

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM

"The Great" – Hulu

"The Mandalorian" – Disney+

"The Morning Show" – AppleTV+

"Never Have I Ever" – Netflix

"Watchmen" – HBO

"Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist" – NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

"Better Call Saul" – AMC (2019 Winner in Category)

“The Crown” – Netflix

“Euphoria” – HBO

"The Good Fight" - CBS All Access

"Pose" – FX

"Succession" – HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

"Better Things" – FX

"Dead to Me" – Netflix

"The Good Place" - NBC (2018 Winner in Category)

"Insecure" – HBO

"Schitt's Creek" – Pop TV

"What We Do in the Shadows" – FX 

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

"Better Call Saul" – AMC 

“Mrs. America” – FX on Hulu

“Schitt’s Creek” – Pop TV

“Succession” – HBO

“Unbelievable” – Netflix

“Watchmen” – HBO

NETWORK TALLY 
HBO – 16

Netflix –10

FX/FX on Hulu – 7

Hulu – 6

PBS/PBS Kids – 6

NBC – 5

AMC – 3

Pop TV – 3

CBS/CBS All Access – 2

Disney+ – 2

ABC – 1

AppleTV+ – 1

Bravo TV – 1

Comedy Central – 1

ESPN – 1

MSNBC – 1

TBS – 1

PROGRAMS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS  

“Watchmen,” HBO – 4

“Unbelievable,” Netflix – 4

“Better Call Saul,” AMC – 3

“Mrs. America,” FX on Hulu – 3

“Schitt’s Creek”, Pop TV – 3

“Succession,” HBO – 3

“Better Things,” FX – 2

“Dead to Me,” Netflix – 2

“The Great,” Hulu – 2

“Insecure,” HBO – 2

Past TCA Award winners are listed on the organization’s official website, tvcritics.org/tca-awards.

ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION

The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. This year’s TCA Awards are the organization’s 36TH anniversary. For additional information about the TCA, visit www.tvcritics.orgFacebook; and Twitter.

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