‘The Americans,’ FX lead TCA Award nominations

'The Americans' star Matthew Rhys received a TCA Award nomination for his performance as a spy.
(Craig Blankenhorn / FX)

“The Americans” and its channel, FX, led the pack in the Television Critics Assn. awards nominations, announced Monday morning.

The first season of the Cold War spy drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys grabbed four nominations, including a nomination for individual achievement in drama for Rhys and nods for outstanding new program, outstanding achievement in drama and program of the year.

“The Americans” premiered to good reviews in January and has been renewed for a second season, however it did not generate an audience the size of FX’s hit “American Horror Story.” The embrace of critics could give it a boost in its second season.

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As a channel, FX received seven total nominations. Besides the four for “The Americans,” it received two nominations for “Louie,” including one for its star, Louis C.K., and a nomination for outstanding achievement in movie, miniseries or special for “American Horror Story: Asylum.”

Another critics’ favorite, “Breaking Bad,” grabbed three nominations for the first half of its final season on AMC, including a nomination for individual achievement in drama for star Bryan Cranston.

Leading the comedy side of the nominations was “Louie” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” with two nominations apiece.

The awards, voted on by the Television Critics’ Assn., will be handed out in a ceremony on Aug. 3 during the TCA’s summer press tour.

The complete list of nominations:

Individual Achievement in Comedy

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)
Lena Dunham, “Girls” (HBO)
Jake Johnson, “New Girl” (Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Individual Achievement in Drama


Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel” (A&E)
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (BBC America)
Monica Potter, “Parenthood” (NBC)
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” (FX)

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News and Information

“Anderson Cooper 360,” CNN
“Central Park Five,” PBS
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central
“The Rachel Maddow Show,” MSNBC
“60 Minutes,” CBS



“The Amazing Race,” CBS
“The Glee Project,” Oxygen
“Shark Tank,” ABC
“Survivor,” CBS
“The Voice,” NBC

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

“Adventure Time,” Cartoon Network
“Bunheads,” ABC Family
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” PBS
“Sesame Street,” PBS
“Switched at Birth,” ABC Family


Outstanding New Program

“The Americans,” FX
“Elementary,” CBS
“House of Cards,” Netflix
“The Mindy Project,” Fox
“Orphan Black,” BBC America

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

“American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX
“Behind the Candelabra,” HBO
“Downton Abbey,” PBS
“Rectify,” Sundance Channel
“Top of the Lake,” Sundance Channel


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Outstanding Achievement in Drama

“The Americans,” FX
“Breaking Bad,” AMC
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Homeland,” Showtime
“Mad Men,” AMC

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy


“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
“Louie,” FX
“New Girl,” Fox
“Parks and Recreation,” NBC
“Veep,” HBO

Career Achievement Award

James L. Brooks
James Burrows
Jay Leno
William Shatner
Barbara Walters

Heritage Award


“All in the Family,” CBS
“Lost,” ABC
“Saturday Night Live,” NBC
“Star Trek,” NBC
“Twin Peaks,” ABC

Program of the Year

“The Americans,” FX
“Breaking Bad,” AMC
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“House of Cards,” Netflix
“The Walking Dead,” AMC



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