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These are the shows the critics think you should be watching

To tell the truth, I’m not interested in old game shows or reality shows.

And there is only so much cable news I can watch before I have to turn it off rather than go to bed with nightmares about our country’s future.

So I spend a lot of time in the summer binge-watching some of the year’s best television programs on my DVR, On Demand, and on streaming sites.

My most recent favorite is “Bloodline,” the Netflix series starring Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights,” Sissy Spacek and an Australian actor, Ben Mendelsohn.

I had never heard of Mendelsohn even though he was nominated for a 2015 Emmy Award for his portrayal of an angry, manipulative and sinister brother of a close dysfunctional family.

It is only four days before this year’s Emmy nominations are revealed to reward the best shows and performances in the last year.

But I’m going to give you a sneak preview of what is likely to be or should be honored.

Check that.

It isn’t me. My colleagues in the Television Critics Association are going to guide you through what should be nominated and what you should consider watching this weekend.

The TCA announced its nominations two weeks ago. They don’t have the same categories as the Emmys , they don’t have as many categories and they don’t always honor the same shows and actors that the Emmy voters do. For instance, FX’s “The Americans” has gotten a lot more love from TCA voters than Emmy voters. So did FX’s “Justified” before it ended its run.

In many cases, the TCAs tend to reward shows and performers before the Emmys get around to it.

The TCAs and Emmys do have one thing in common: They tend to award little-watched cable and streaming programs over more popular broadcast TV programs.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the TCA nominations and my view of them. You can compare them to the Emmys nominations on Thursday. The TCA winners will be announced Aug. 6 in the Beverly Hilton in California during the organization’s semiannual meeting.

This weekend, you’d be wise to binge-watch any of these programs and performances nominated.

Individual Achievement in Drama

Bryan Cranston, “All The Way,” HBO

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot,” USA

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul,” AMC

Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

Keri Russell, “The Americans,” FX

Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

My view: As defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran, Vance stole every scene he appeared in during “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” But I wouldn’t be unhappy if Malek won, either, a few days before Season Two of “Mr. Robot” premieres.

Individual Achievement in Comedy

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None,” Netflix

Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” TBS

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW

Aya Cash, “You’re The Worst” FXX

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO

Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat,” ABC

My view: Ansari’s semi-autobiographical program was my favorite comedy of the year. However, he didn’t have to do much acting since he was essentially playing himself. But I’ll be happy if Louis-Dreyfus doesn’t win another award again.

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

“CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” TBS

“Jackie Robinson,” PBS

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” HBO – (2015 Winner in Category)

“Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO

“United Shades of America,” CNN

My view: Talk about diversity of programs in one category. Oliver, whose program is consistently creative, informative and funny, gets my vote.

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

“I Am Cait,” E!

“The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” Showtime

“The Great British Baking Show,” PBS

“Making a Murderer,” Netflix

“MasterChef Junior,” Fox

“Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance,” CBS

My view: “Making a Murderer” – even if the documentary may have toyed with the facts.

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” PBS

“Doc McStuffins,” Disney Junior

“Nature Cat,” PBS

“Odd Squad,” PBS

“Sofia The First,” Disney Junior

My view: Thankfully, my children are adults now. I haven’t seen any of these programs. But I like the title “Odd Squad.”

Outstanding New Program

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Netflix

“Master of None,” Netflix

“Mr. Robot,” USA

“Underground,” WGN America

“UnREAL,” Lifetime

My view: The creative “Mr. Robot,” which had a killer reveal at season’s end, gets my vote.

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

“All The Way,” HBO

“Fargo,” FX

“The Night Manager,” AMC

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

“Roots,” History

“Show Me A Hero,” HBO

My view: “The People v. O.J. Simpson” got most of the details right, as ESPN’s later critically acclaimed documentary “O.J.: Made in America” confirmed. The ESPN series didn’t air in time to be eligible. It will be eligible for an Oscar since it played in movie theaters and will be eligible for a TCA award in 2017.

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

“The Americans,” FX – (2015 Winner in Category)

“Better Call Saul,” AMC

“Game of Thrones,” HBO

“The Leftovers,” HBO

“Mr. Robot,” USA

“UnREAL,” Lifetime

My view: It doesn’t matter what I think, “Game of Thrones” is widely viewed as just concluding its best season, finishing with two terrific episodes.

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

“black-ish,” ABC

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW

“Master of None,” Netflix

“Silicon Valley,” HBO

“Veep,” HBO

“You’re The Worst” FXX

My view: “Master of None” was the one that made me laugh out-loud the most, with “Silicon Valley” a close second.

Heritage Award

“The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” CBS

“Seinfeld,” NBC

“Star Trek,” NBC

“Twin Peaks,” ABC

My view: Just a silly category. They all deserve one for their place in TV history. But if you’ve read me over the years, you know I have to go with “Seinfeld.”

Program of the Year

“The Americans,” FX

“Fargo,” FX

“Game of Thrones,” HBO

“Making a Murderer,” Netflix

“Mr. Robot,” USA

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

“UnREAL,” Lifetime

My view: Once again, I can’t see how the Simpson miniseries can lose unless “Mr. Robot” hacked the ballots. Even then, I’d bet “Game of Thrones” would win over “Robot.”

email: apergament@buffnews.com