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Television Critics nominations offer guide for Emmys and what to watch this summer

Every television critic gets the same question during the summer doldrums: What should I watch?

Rather than give you only my opinion, the recent nominations of the more than 200 members (including myself) of the Television Critics Association should be a pretty good guide.

The TCA nominations arrived about a month before the Emmy nominations, which arrive Thursday and are usually less likely to honor new shows than the critics. The TCA also has different categories and include both men and women in some of them rather than separate them by gender.

First, the generic answer to the question above is you should head to cable or the streaming services to watch the best shows.

FX (10 nominations), Netflix (nine), BBC America (six) and HBO (six) dominated the nominations.

NBC broke the cable-streaming dominance with seven TCA nominations.

BBC America's “Killing Eve” was the most nominated program with five, suggesting it should be tops on your summer list via On Demand.

FX's "The Americans," which ended its critically acclaimed but mostly Emmy-ignored run, has four nominations.

FX's “Atlanta,” NBCs "The Good Place," HBO's "Barry," Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" all received three nominations.

NBC's "This Is Us," Netflix's "GLOW" and FX's "The Americans" and "The Assassination of "Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" had two nominations each.

I can't watch everything, but "This Is Us," "Mrs. Maisel," "The Americans" and "GLOW" were my personal favorites this past year. "Killing Eve" and "Atlanta" are high on my summer viewing list.

Now let's take a quick look at the nominations for the 34th Annual TCA Awards, which will be presented Aug. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Emmys are given out on Sept. 17.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” – BBC America
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – FX
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Hulu
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” – BBC America
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” – FX
Keri Russell, “The Americans” – FX

My prediction: Moss. But they all deserve to win.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” – FX
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – The CW
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
Ted Danson, “The Good Place” – NBC
Donald Glover, “Atlanta” – FX (2017 Winner in Category)
Bill Hader, “Barry” – HBO

My prediction: Brosnahan, who indeed is marvelous.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” – CNN
“60 Minutes” – CBS
“Blue Planet 2” – BBC America
“The Rachel Maddow Show” – MSNBC
“The Vietnam War” – PBS
“Wild Wild Country” – Netflix

My prediction: "The Vietnam War," though there will be a sympathy vote for the late, great Bourdain.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY
“The Great British Baking Show” – PBS
“Nailed It!” – Netflix
“Project Runway” – Lifetime
“Queer Eye” – Netflix
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” – VH1

My prediction: I haven't seen much of any of them, but my educated guess is "Queer Eye."

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” – PBS Kids
“Elena of Avalor” – Disney Channel
“Muppet Babies” – Disney Junior
“Odd Squad” – PBS Kids
“Sesame Street” – HBO
“Sofia the First” – Disney Junior

My prediction: Another educated guess – "Sesame Street."

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SKETCH/VARIETY SHOWS
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” – TBS
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – ABC
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – HBO
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – NBC
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – CBS
“Saturday Night Live” – NBC

My prediction: Kimmel, who became political this past season.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE OR MINISERIES
“Alias Grace” – Netflix
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – FX
“Howards End” – Starz
“Patrick Melrose” – Showtime
“The Tale” – HBO
“Twin Peaks: The Return” – Showtime

My prediction: "Versace" didn't get the audience it deserved.

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
“Barry” – HBO
“Counterpart” – Starz
“GLOW” – Netflix
“Killing Eve” – BBC America
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
“Mindhunter” – Netflix

My prediction: "Mrs. Maisel." What's not to love.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“The Americans” – FX
“The Crown” – Netflix
“The Good Fight” – CBS All Access
“The Handmaid’s Tale” – Hulu (2017 Winner in Category)
“Killing Eve” – BBC America
“This Is Us” – NBC

My prediction: "The Americans" gets a goodbye present.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“Atlanta” – FX (2017 Winner in Category)
“Barry” – HBO
“GLOW” – Netflix
“The Good Place” – NBC
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
“One Day at a Time” – Netflix

My prediction: "Atlanta." Again.

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“The Americans” – FX
“Atlanta” – FX
“The Good Place” – NBC
“The Handmaid’s Tale” – Hulu (2017 Winner in Category)
“Killing Eve” – BBC America
“This Is Us” – NBC

My prediction: "Killing Eve." Critics are always looking for something new and different. But "The Americans" could get some longevity votes.

apergament@buffnews.com

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