HBO Grabs Eight TCA Nods

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HBO led a strong cable presence among the nominations for the 2012 TCA Awards, announced Thursday by the Television Critics Association.

HBO drew eight TCA Awards nominations to lead all broadcast and cable networks, followed on the cable side by AMC with six nods and FX with four. Broadcast networks NBC and PBS each garnered five nominations for 2012 TCA Awards, which recognize outstanding television programming in the 2011-2012 season.

HBO's fantasy drama Game Of Thrones and new comedy series Girls; along with Showtime's freshman drama Homeland and AMC's Mad Men were among the most nominated shows, according to the TCA.

Late American Bandstand host Dick Clark will compete with TV legends Andy Griffith, David Letterman, Regis Philbin and William Shatner for the Career Achievement Award, while classic TV shows Cheers, Lost, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek, and Twin Peaks will vie for the organization's Heritage Award.

The winners of the 28th Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the invitation-only presentation on July 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the group's bi-annual industry conference.

Below is the complete list of the 2012 Television Critics Association 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)


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)

Career Achievement Award

Dick Clark
Andy Griffith
David Letterman
Regis Philbin
William Shatner

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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