Killing Eve and The Americans Land the Most Television Critics Association Awards Nominations

Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale are also dominating

Killing Eve, The Americans, The Handmaid's Tale and Atlanta each received multiple TCA Awards nominations.
BBC America, FX, Hulu

A series at the beginning of its run (BBC America’s freshman drama Killing Eve) and one at the very end of it (FX’s The Americans, which signed off last month after six seasons) racked up the most nominations today as the Television Critics Association announced its 2018 TCA Awards nominees.

The TCA, which is comprised of more than 200 North American TV critics and journalists (including myself), honors outstanding television programming. The organization often recognizes acclaimed shows that Emmy voters overlook—like NBC’s The Good Place, Netflix’s One Day at a Time and CBS All Access’ The Good Fight—and can give a boost to freshman series like Killing Eve and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which are hoping to break into the Emmy field when those nominations are announced on July 12.

In addition to Killing Eve and The Americans, this year’s nominees were dominated by a number of freshman and sophomore series, all of whom are also hoping to make a dent in Emmy nominations next month: FX’s Atlanta, NBC’s The Good Place, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, HBO’s Barry and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel all landed three nominations apiece, while NBC’s This Is Us, Netflix’s Glow and FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story were each nominated twice.

(Last week, Adweek honored several of the most-nominated shows on this year’s Creative 100 list: Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Atlanta director Hiro Murai and The Good Place cast.)

The acting categories, which are not separated by gender, feature both stars of The Americans (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) and Killing Eve (Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer), as well as performances by Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Pamela Adlon (FX’s Better Things), Rachel Bloom (The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Ted Danson (The Good Place), Donald Glover (Atlanta) and Bill Hader (Barry).

This year’s TCA Awards includes a new category: outstanding achievement in sketch/variety shows. The inaugural nominees are Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Saturday Night Live.

Anthony Bourdain, who died on June 8, received an outstanding achievement in news and information nomination for his CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

The nominees for the most coveted award, Program of the Year, are The Americans, Atlanta, The Good Place, The Handmaid’s Tale (last year’s winner), Killing Eve and This Is Us.

FX leads all networks with 10 TCA Awards nominations overall, followed by Netflix (9), NBC (7) and BBC America/HBO (6 each).

Winners will be announced Aug. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in a ceremony hosted by Robin Thede, the star of BET’s late-night talk show The Rundown With Robin Thede.

Here is the complete list of the 2018 TCA Awards nominees:

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)

Pamela Adlon, Better Things (FX)
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC)
Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)—last year’s winner
Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
60 Minutes (CBS)
Blue Planet II (BBC America)
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
The Vietnam War (PBS)
Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

The Great British Baking Show (PBS)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

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