New Series 'Empire' and 'Transparent' Lead 2015 TCA Awards Nominations

Rookies including 'Jane the Virgin' and 'Better Call Saul' also netted several nominations.

New blood led the nominations for the 2015 Television Critics Association Awards.

Freshman series Empire (FOX) and Transparent (Amazon) topped the nominations with four each, including program of the year. Fellow rookie Jane the Virgin (The CW) followed with three nominations, as did spy drama The Americans (FX) and departing series Mad Men (AMC), the latter two also earned nominations for program of the year.

HBO's Game of Thrones rounds out the nominees for program of the year.

Other new series that received nominations include AMC's Better Call Saul, Starz's The Chair, The CW's The Flash, ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, ABC's How to Get Away with Murder and Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The awards are voted on by television critics across the country. Winners for the 31st annual TCA awards will be announced Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the TCA summer press tour.

“TCA members face yet another difficult decision this year, as they prepare to cast their votes for the winners in each category," said TCA President Scott D. Pierce. "This was an incredible season for returning favorites and new additions alike, and we’re looking forward to seeing what our members have chosen as the best of the best, when the winners are announced on August 8."

The full list of nominations is below.

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO (2014 Winner in Category)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane The Virgin,” The CW
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent,” Amazon
Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat,” ABC

Individual Achievement in Drama
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder,” ABC
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire,” Fox
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans,” FX
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul,” AMC

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
“CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central
“Frontline,” PBS
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” HBO
“60 Minutes,” CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
“The Amazing Race,” CBS
“The Chair,” Starz
“Dancing with the Stars,” ABC
“RuPaul's Drag Race,” Logo (2014 Winner in Category)
“Shark Tank,” ABC

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
“Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,” PBS
“The Fosters,” ABC Family (2014 Winner in Category)
“The Legend of Korra,” Nickelodeon
“Sesame Street,” PBS
“Switched at Birth,” ABC Family

Outstanding New Program
“Better Call Saul,” AMC
“Empire,” Fox
“The Flash,” The CW
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Transparent,” Amazon

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
“Bessie,” HBO
“The Honorable Woman,” SundanceTV
“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” HBO
“Olive Kitteridge,” HBO
“Wolf Hall,” PBS

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
“Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Transparent,” Amazon
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Netflix

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
“The Americans,” FX
“Empire,” Fox
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Justified,” FX
“Mad Men,” AMC

Heritage Award
“Friends,” NBC
“Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman,” CBS/NBC
“The Shield,” FX
“Star Trek,” NBC
“Twin Peaks,” ABC

Program of the Year
“The Americans,” FX
“Empire,” Fox
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Mad Men,” AMC
“Transparent,” Amazon

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