AceShowbiz - A day after the nominations for 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards were announced, the contenders for this year's Television Critics Association Awards are revealed. Leading the pack is Showtime's freshman "Homeland" which scores four mentions.
The action thriller is facing off "Game of Thrones", "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" in two categories: Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama. They are joined by British drama "Downton Abbey" in the former category, and FX's "Justified" in the latter field.
"Homeland" is also vying for the Outstanding New Program title, which sees "Girls", "New Girl", "Revenge" and "Smash" as the other nominees. Additionally, the winner of best drama series at 2011 Golden Globe Awards puts its lead actress Claire Danes in contention for Individual Achievement in Drama.
In Comedy, "The Big Bang Theory", "Community", "Louie", "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation" are facing off one another for the top prize. Jim Parsons of "Big Bang" and Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation", meanwhile, are among the stars racing to win the Individual Achievement in Comedy Award.
Unlike the Critics' Choice which lists "Downton Abbey" in best drama series category, the TCA still recognizes the PBS show as miniseries. Thus, the Julian Fellowes-created show faces off the likes of "Game Change", "Hatfields & McCoys" and "Hemingway & Gellhorn" in Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials category.
In network basis, HBO gets the most nominations with eight. AMC follows with six, NBC and PBS get five each, while CBS and FX snatch four each.
The winners of the 28th Annual TCA awards will be announced July 28 at an invitation-only presentation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Individual Achievement in Drama