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01 January 2018

2017 Critics’ Pick Award Nominees: TV

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There’s so much TV these days that it’s impossible to keep up with it all. Nonetheless, we’ve tried to capture the best of the best on this list, representing a range of shows from the incredibly diverse TV landscape that made 2017 so memorable.

Who Qualifies?
Any show that released new episodes on TV or online between January 1st and December 31st was considered for nomination. We tried to be as fair as possible with the division of categories (especially when it came to genre) but it’s not an exact science.

Who Picks the Winners?
Our Editors and Staff Writers all get a say but we use your votes for tie breakers and to choose a Fan Favourite so be sure to share your thoughts on Twitter or shoot us an email toronto@myentertainmentworld.ca.

When Are the Winners Announced?
A full list of the winners will be published in April.

Nominee Interview Series
If you’re nominated this year, e
mail editors@myentertainmentworld.ca to sign up for our annual Q&A series. 

Also be sure to check out our nominations for the Cinema Awards, and Theatre Awards. 

Without further ado, this year’s nominees are…

Outstanding Direction
Mr. Mercedes
Mindhunter
Master of None
The Handmaid’s Tale
American Gods
Legion

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
“The Gang Turns Black” by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
“Michael’s Gambit” by Michael Schur (The Good Place)
“American Bitch” by Lena Dunham (Girls)
“Chapter VI” by Leann Bowen (Dear White People)
“You Wanna Roll With This?” by Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair (Playing House)
“The Apology” by Alex Kavallierou & Sara Lohman (Grace & Frankie)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama
“A Woman’s Place” by Wendy Straker Hauser (The Handmaid’s Tale)
“Pilot” by David E. Kelley (Mr. Mercedes)
“Episode 8” by Erin Levy and Jennifer Haley (Mindhunter)
“The Gate” by The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy
The Good Place
Superstore
Silicon Valley
Playing House
Glow
Dear White People

Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama
Mindhunter
Orange is the New Black
Twin Peaks
Sense8
Stranger Things
American Gods

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Tyrel Jackson Williams (Brockmire)
Timothy Simons (Veep)
Zach Woods (Silicon Valley)
John Ross Bowie (Speechless)
Marque Richardson (Dear White People)
Anthony Ramos (She’s Gotta Have It)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Max Minghella (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Harry Treadaway (Mr. Mercedes)
Alfonso Herrera (Sense8)
James Franco (The Deuce)
Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things)
Pablo Schreiber (American Gods)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces)
D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place)
Brigette Lundy-Paine (Atypical)
Melora Hardin (The Bold Type)
Betty Gilpin (Glow)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce)
Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black)
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Aubrey Plaza (Legion)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Jessica St. Clair (Playing House)
Justina Machado (One Day at a Time)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Alison Brie (Glow)
Logan Browning (Dear White People)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Carrie Coon (The Leftovers)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Amber Rose Revah (The Punisher)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Claire Foy (The Crown)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal)
Rob Delaney (Catastrophe)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Marc Maron (Glow)
Keir Gilchrist (Atypical)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter)
Justin Theroux (The Leftovers)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks: The Return)
Dan Stevens (Legion)

Outstanding Guest Actor
Darren Criss (The Flash)
Matthew Rhys (Girls)
Billy Eichner (Friends From College)
Cameron Britton (Mindhunter)
Cameron Monaghan (Gotham)
Elliot Fletcher (Shameless)

Outstanding Guest Actress
Tovah Feldshuh (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Sally Phillips (Veep)
Zosia Mamet (You’re the Worst)
Missi Pyle (Mom)
Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods)

Outstanding Variety Performance
Mike Birbiglia (Thank God For Jokes)
Tiffany Haddish (Saturday Night Live)
Kumail Nanjiani (Saturday Night Live)
Hasan Minhaj (Homecoming King)
John Mulaney (Oh Hello)
Nick Kroll (Oh Hello)

Outstanding Sketch Artist
Meredith MacNeil (Baroness Von Sketch Show)
Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)
Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live)
Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Talk/Variety Host
Samantha Bee (Full Frontal)
Seth Meyers (Late Night)
Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
John Oliver (Last Week Tonight)

Outstanding Reality Host/Coach/Judge
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Todrick Hall (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Arisa Cox (Big Brother Canada)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Lindsay Arnold (Dancing with the Stars)
Val Chmerkovskiy (Dancing with the Stars)

Outstanding Reality Star
Paul Abrahamian (Big Brother)
Sarah Lacina (Survivor)
Jordan Fisher (Dancing with the Stars)
Sasha Velour (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Koine Iwasaki (So You Think You Can Dance)
Ika Wong (Big Brother Canada)

Outstanding New Show
Aytpical
Mindhunter
American Vandal
SMILF
Legion
American Gods

Outstanding Cancelled Show
Pitch
Sense8
Difficult People
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Downward Dog
The Get Down

Outstanding Reality Show
American Ninja Warrior
Survivor
Big Brother Canada
Dancing with the Stars
RuPaul’s Drag Race
So You Think You Can Dance

Outstanding Comedy
Insecure
The Good Place
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Glow
Dear White People
The Orville

Outstanding Drama
Mr. Mercedes
Game of Thrones
The Leftovers
Black Mirror
Westworld
The Crown

Best Couple
Jonah & Amy (Superstore)
Jake & Amy (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Ian & Trevor (Shameless)
Lito & Hernando (Sense8)
Nomi & Amanita (Sense8)

Moment of the Year *spoiler alert*
Nick & Jess in the elevator (New Girl)
The Halloween Heist (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Zeke’s Speech (Survivor)
The Final Fight (Glow)
“Holy Motherforking Shirtballs…” (The Good Place)
Littlefinger’s Trial (Game of Thrones)

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