benedict cumberbatch martin freeman sherlock 'Sherlock' and 'Downton Abbey' nominated for Television Critics Awards: See all the 2012 TCA nomineesThe Television Critics Awards are generally a good barometer for critical darlings (obviously), so it’s no surprise that PBS’s highly-buzzed about “Masterpiece” series “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock” — both British imports — made the nominees list this year. “New Girl” and “Girls”, as well as creator Lena Dunham, also appear for the first time.

That’s not to say there weren’t any surprises. While highly anticipated, “Smash” was certainly problematic as the season went on, and putting “Lost” up for a Heritage Award seems a bit premature to some.

Check out the full list of nominees below. Do you think the TCA made the right calls?

Individual Achievement in Drama

    Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” AMC)

    Claire Danes (“Homeland,” Showtime)

    Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)

    Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)

    Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story,” FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy

    Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)

    Lena Dunham (“Girls,” HBO)

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO)

    Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS)

    Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

    “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)

    “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)

    “Frontline” (PBS)

    “60 Minutes” (CBS)

    “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

    “The Amazing Race” (CBS)

    “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)

    “The Glee Project” (Oxygen)

    “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

    “The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

     “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)

    “Phineas and Ferb” (Disney)

     “Sesame Street” (PBS)

    “Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)

    “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program

    “Girls” (HBO)

    “Homeland” (Showtime)

    “New Girl” (Fox)

    “Revenge” (ABC)

    “Smash” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

    “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)

    “Game Change” (HBO)

    “Hatfields & McCoys” (History)

    “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)

    “Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)

 Outstanding Achievement in Drama

    “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

    “Homeland” (Showtime)

    “Justified” (FX)

    “Mad Men” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

    “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

    “Community” (NBC)

    “Louie” (FX)

    “Modern Family” (ABC)

    “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

 Career Achievement Award

    Dick Clark

    Andy Griffith

    David Letterman

    Regis Philbin

    William Shatner

 Heritage Award

    “Cheers” (NBC)

    “Lost” (ABC)

    “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

    “Star Trek” (NBC)

    “Twin Peaks” (ABC)

Program of the Year

    “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

    “Homeland” (Showtime)

    “Mad Men” (AMC)

    “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie