'This Is Us' Tied 'Handmaid's Tale' For Most TCA Noms Because Everyone Loves To Cry

by Ani Bundel

It's that time of year: the first rounds of nominations for the 2016-2017 television season.

Though we're still waiting on the Emmys nominations to arrive, we've got our first glimpse of how things might shake out -- or at least how the television critics think they should shake out anyway.

Their official list of nominees for the Television Critics Association arrived this afternoon, and it's drama leading the way with This Is Us and The Handmaid's Tale leading the pack, tied for the most nominations this year.

Let's run down the major categories:


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Better Call Saul, AMC Stranger Things, Netflix The Americans, FX (2015 & 2016 Winner in Category) The Crown, Netflix The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu This Is Us, NBC



Atlanta, FX Black-ish, ABC (2016 Winner in Category) Fleabag, Amazon Master of None, Netflix The Good Place, NBC Veep, HBO


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Atlanta, FX Big Little Lies, HBO Stranger Things, Netflix The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu The Leftovers, HBO This Is Us, NBC



Atlanta, FX The Crown, Netflix The Good Place, NBC The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu Stranger Things, Netflix This Is Us, NBC

This Is Us was just given a premiere date for Season 2 today, as NBC released its fall premiere slate. According to TVLine, it will return to airwaves on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 9 p.m. ET, directly following The Voice.

The TCAs will be held smack in the middle of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, which runs from Tuesday, July 25 - Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The awards will be on Saturday, August 5, 2017, hosted by American Gods star Kristin Chenoweth.

Here are the rest of the categories and nominations. Congratulations to everyone.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES, AND SPECIALS Big Little Lies, HBO Fargo, FX Feud: Bette and Joan, FX Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix The Night Of, HBO Wizard of Lies, HBO

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us, NBC Carrie Coon, The Leftovers & Fargo, HBO & FX Claire Foy, The Crown, Netflix Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies, HBO Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette And Joan, FX Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette And Joan, FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY Pamela Adlon, Better Things, FX Aziz Ansari, Master of None, Netflix Kristen Bell, The Good Place, NBC Donald Glover, Atlanta, FX Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO Issa Rae, Insecure, HBO Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag, Amazon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS (2016 Winner in Category) Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO The Lead With Jake Tapper, CNN O.J.: Made in America, ESPN Planet Earth II, BBC America Weiner, Showtime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING The Circus, Showtime The Great British Baking Show, PBS The Keepers, Netflix Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, A&E Shark Tank, ABC Survivor: Game Changers, CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, PBS (2016 Winner in Category) Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior Elena of Avalor, Disney Channel Odd Squad, PBS Sesame Street, HBO Speechless, ABC