Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as...

Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland, an American thriller television series premiering on Showtime Oct. 2, 2011. Credit: SHOWTIME

The Television Critics Association -- of which I am a proud  member -- has picked its nominees for the 2012 TCA Awards, and some of the worthies include "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and ... a newcomer by the name of Lena Dunham. 

It's an almost uniformly excellent group of nominees. TCAs as usual put the Emmys, and certainly the Golden Globes, to shame because, seriously, virtually every show and every individual is outstanding. (I have some disputes with the movies/miniseries selections, but now is hardly the time to get into that.) There is, however, not a single nomination for a minor TV classic, "Sons of Anarchy."  (Beats me why ... except, maybe I'm to blame. I simply forgot to make an entry where required. Can I have a do-over?)  

Most intriguing in this list is the career achievement group. I'm willing to bet Dick Clark wins this posthumously, but we'll see. 

Here's the full list. See if you agree:

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)

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