‘Homeland’ Leads TV Critics Association Awards Nominations

'Homeland's' Damian Lewis and Claire Danes (Photo: Showtime)

TV critics showed their love for the best and brightest of the TV set, announcing their nominations for the 2012 Television Critics Association Awards.

The standouts include Showtime’s brilliant “Homeland,” garnering nods for Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Drama Performance for Claire Danes; multiple nominations for HBO’s “Game of Thrones“; as well as shout-outs for perennial favorites like AMC’s “Mad Men” and Jon Hamm and “Breaking Bad” and Bryan Cranston.

HBO led the field overall with a total of eight nominations; AMC has six; NBC and PBS each have five; while CBS and FX each have four.

These nominees represent the critics’ picks for the highest quality in television over this past TV season (meaning if you aren’t already watching some of these, you should seriously consider checking them out!).

The 28th Annual TCA Awards winners will be announced at the invitation-only ceremony to be held Saturday, July 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Here are the 2012 TCA Award Nominees:

Individual Achievement in Drama

Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” AMC)
Claire Danes (“Homeland,” Showtime)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story,” FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy

Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)
Lena Dunham (“Girls,” HBO)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS)
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

“Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“60 Minutes” (CBS)
“The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“The Glee Project” (Oxygen)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

“iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
“Phineas and Ferb” (Disney)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)
“Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program

“Girls” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“New Girl” (Fox)
“Revenge” (ABC)
“Smash” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

“Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)
“Game Change” (HBO)
“Hatfields & McCoys” (History)
“Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
“Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)

Watch Last Week’s Shocking Death on “Mad Men”:

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Outstanding Achievement in Drama

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Justified” (FX)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Community” (NBC)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

The Career Achievement Award

Dick Clark
Andy Griffith
David Letterman
Regis Philbin
William Shatner

The Heritage Award

“Cheers” (NBC)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Star Trek” (NBC)
“Twin Peaks” (ABC)

Program of the Year

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)

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