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“Framing Britney Spears,” “Legendary” among TCA noms

The Television Critics Association unveiled the nominees for its 37th annual TCA Awards, with FX’s Framing Britney Spears, Nat Geo’s City So Real and HBO Max’s Legendary among the unscripted ...
July 16, 2021

The Television Critics Association unveiled the nominees for its 37th annual TCA Awards, with FX’s Framing Britney Spears, Nat Geo’s City So Real and HBO Max’s Legendary among the unscripted and documentary programs recognized.

Honoring creators and programs of the 2020-21 TV season, the awards comprise 12 categories including drama, comedy, miniseries, youth, news and information, reality and variety, and sketch and talk shows.

The TCA expanded their categories this year to include eight nominations each, with the exception of Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk or Sketch, which has nine.

Couples Therapy (Showtime); Deaf U (Netflix); The Great Pottery Throwdown (HBO Max); Legendary (HBO Max); Nailed It! Double Trouble (Netflix); The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+); Taste the Nation (Hulu); and Top Chef: Portland (Bravo) all picked up a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Reality.

Nominees for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information areĀ Allen v. Farrow (HBO); City So Real (Nat Geo); Framing Britney Spears (pictured; FX/FX on Hulu); ‘Frontline’ (PBS); 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).

This season’s tallies saw Netflix back in the top spot with 15 nominations. Last year’s leader, HBO, is a close second with 14 nominations, while HBO Max came in third with 10.

Apple TV+, meanwhile, racked up eight nominations, followed by Disney+ and Showtime, which tied for five. Hulu and NBC garnered four nods apiece; Amazon, CBS, FX, PBS Kids and Peacock each secured three.

Starz earned two while Bravo, Comedy Central, Disney Jr., MSNBC, NatGeo, Paramount+ and PBS closed out the nominations with one each.

The TCA is foregoing its formal in-person presentation once again due to the pandemic. Winners will be announced at a later date.

Career Achievement and Heritage Award winners will be announced along with the winners later this summer.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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