2021 TCA Nominations See Strong Showing By 'I May Destroy You' While 'P-Valley,' 'The Underground Railroad' Among Other Contenders
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2021 TCA Nominations See Strong Showing By 'I May Destroy You' While 'P-Valley,' 'The Underground Railroad' Among Other Contenders

The Television Critics Association (TCA) announced the nominees for their 2021 awards on Thursday. TCA nominees compete for accolades across different categories honoring outstanding achievements in news and information, youth, reality, drama, comedy, miniseries, and sketch/variety shows. The winners will be announced later this summer and there will not be an in-person ceremony again due to the pandemic. It will return in person next year.

Ted Lasso leads all nominees with five, while Mare of Easttown, Hacks, I May Destroy You and WandaVision all have four. Per Shadow and Act's stated interest, notable nominees include Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You), Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad), Mj Rodriguez (Pose) and Omar Sy (Lupin) are up for Individual Achievement in Drama. Renee Elise Goldsberry (Girls5Eva) is nominated for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

Series-based achievements see nominations for I May Destroy You, Pose, Girls5Eva, The Underground Railroad, P-Valley, Lovecraft Country, Legendary, Bridgerton and more. I May Destroy You, The Underground Railroad and Bridgerton are all nominated for the prestigious Program of the Year.

“This was an incredible year for fresh, inclusive content and new creators, and our nominations are a reflection of that,” said Melanie McFarland, TCA President and TV Critic for Salon. “The TCA membership selected from a wealth of original offerings that broke fresh ground and presented exciting, thought-provoking experiences that redefined the television landscape. Although we will not be able to honor these landmark achievements in-person, we look forward to celebrating 37 years of the TCA Awards and sharing our top picks when the winners are unveiled.”

Check out the full list of nominees below (Black talent and shows with notable Black talent in bold):

***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.  Shadow And Act deputy editor Trey Mangum is a member of the Television Critics Association.***  

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird” – Showtime
  • Thuso Mbedu, “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision” – Disney+
  • Mj Rodriguez, “Pose” – FX
  • Omar Sy, “Lupin” – Netflix
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit” – Netflix
  • Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” – HBO


INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • Bo Burnham, “Bo Burnham: Inside” – Netflix
  • Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • Maya Erskine, “Pen15” – Hulu
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Girls5Eva” – Peacock
  • Charlotte Nicdao, “Mythic Quest” – Apple TV+
  • Jean Smart, “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION

  • “Allen v. Farrow” – HBO
  • “City So Real” – NatGeo
  • “Framing Britney Spears” – FX/FX On Hulu
  • “Frontline” – PBS (Eight-time Winner in Category)
  • “I'll Be Gone in the Dark” – HBO
  • “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” – CBS
  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” – MSNBC
  • “60 Minutes” – CBS (2012 Winner in Category)


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY

  • “Couples Therapy” – Showtime
  • “Deaf U” – Netflix
  • “The Great Pottery Throw Down” – HBO Max
  • “Legendary” – HBO Max
  • “Nailed It! Double Trouble” – Netflix
  • “The Real World Homecoming: New York” – Paramount+
  • “Taste the Nation” – Hulu
  • “Top Chef: Portland” – Bravo


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING

  • “The Baby-Sitters Club” – Netflix
  • “Bluey” – Disney Jr.
  • “Donkey Hodie” – PBS Kids
  • “Emily's Wonder Lab” – Netflix
  • “Odd Squad” – PBS Kids
  • “Sesame Street” – HBO
  • “Waffles + Mochi” – Netflix
  • “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” – PBS Kids


OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM

  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “P-Valley” – Starz
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES OR SPECIALS

  • “Bo Burnham: Inside” – Netflix
  • “The Good Lord Bird” – Showtime
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “It's a Sin” – HBO Max
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “The Queen's Gambit” – Netflix
  • “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “The Crown” – Netflix
  • “For All Mankind” – Apple TV+
  • “The Handmaid's Tale” – Hulu
  • “Lovecraft Country” – HBO
  • “The Mandalorian” – Disney+
  • “Pose” – FX
  • “P-Valley” – Starz


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • “Girls5Eva” – Peacock           
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “Mythic Quest” – Apple TV+
  • “Pen15” – Hulu
  • “Superstore” – NBC
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist” – NBC


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY, TALK OR SKETCH

  • “The Amber Ruffin Show” – Peacock
  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” – HBO (2020 Winner in Category)
  • “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Comedy Central
  • “Desus & Mero” – Showtime
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – HBO (2019 & 2018 Winner in Category)
  • “Late Night with Seth Meyers” – NBC
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – CBS
  • “Saturday Night Live” – NBC
  • “Ziwe” – Showtime 

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “The Queen's Gambit” – Netflix
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+