Mad Men, Empire and Transparent Compete for Television Critics Association Awards

Winners revealed Aug. 8

Mad Men, Empire and Transparent were among the shows that racked up multiple nominations today when the Television Critics Association announced its 2015 TCA Awards nominees.

The TCA, which is made up of more than 200 North American TV critics and journalists, honors outstanding television programming, often recognizing acclaimed shows that Emmy voters overlook—like The Americans, which today nabbed three nominations. 

This year's nominees include a number of freshman series: Jane the Virgin (three nominations overall), Transparent (four nominations), Empire (four nominations), Better Call Saul (two nominations), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (one nomination), The Flash (one nomination), Fresh Off the Boat (one nomination) and How to Get Away with Murder (one nomination). 

Among the other notable TCA Awards nominees were Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Outstanding Achievement in News and Information), The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials) and Inside Amy Schumer (Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Schumer)

The Americans, Empire, Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Transparent will compete for the most coveted award, Program of the Year.

The TCA Awards also hands out a Heritage Award each year honoring a long-standing program with a major cultural or social impact. This year's nominees include Friends, Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman, The Shield, Star Trek and Twin Peaks. 

Winners will be announced Aug. 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Here is the complete list of the 2015 TCA Awards nominees:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO) 
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Frontline (PBS)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
60 Minutes (CBS)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
The Amazing Race (CBS)
The Chair (Starz)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo) 
Shark Tank (ABC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (PBS)
The Fosters (ABC Family)
The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)
Sesame Street (PBS)
Switched at Birth, (ABC Family)

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Empire (Fox)
The Flash (The CW)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Transparent (Amazon)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS
Bessie (HBO)
The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Wolf Hall (PBS)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Transparent (Amazon)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
The Americans (FX)
Empire (Fox)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Justified (FX)
Mad Men (AMC)

HERITAGE AWARD
Friends (NBC)
Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman (CBS/NBC)
The Shield (FX)
Star Trek (NBC)
Twin Peaks (ABC)

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
The Americans (FX)
Empire (Fox)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
Transparent (Amazon)