This past February, Coffee Party USA invited its supporters to stream the political TV series on the Golden Coffee Cups shortlist while staying safe at home. For the past four months, the members and volunteers of Coffee Party USA did just that. For the past three weeks, they voted on the nominees. Today, Coffee Party USA announces the nominees for the 2019-2020 Golden Coffee Cups for television.
After the preliminary round of voting, Saturday Night Live leads with four nominations, one for Best Political Comedy and three for Best TV President. Madam Secretary, Outlander, The Handmaid's Tale, and Watchmen all earned two nominations each. The remaining 29 shows have one nomination apiece.
Here are the nominees in seven categories showcasing the best in politics and government on the small screen during the 2019-2020 television season.
Best Drama Series about Politics and Government
The Handmaid's Tale
Madam Secretary and The Handmaid's Tale return from last year's field of nominees. Both earned other nominations, Madam Secretary for Best TV President and The Handmaid's Tale for Best Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, or Movie for Television about Fantastic and Futuristic Politics and Government. The previous two winners, Mindhunter and Succession, did not repeat as nominees. Replacing them are Mr. Robot, Outlander, The Blacklist, and The Crown. While new to this category, Outlander earned a nomination last year for Best Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, or Movie for Television about Fantastic and Futuristic Politics and Government. The Crown returns after having been nominated in this category for the 2017-2018 season. Mr. Robot, and The Blacklist are first-time nominees at these awards.
Follow over the jump for the rest of the nominees
Best Comedy Series about Politics and Government.
Orange Is the New Black
Saturday Night Live
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Last year's winner Saturday Night Live is returning, along with Orange Is the New Black and Schitt’s Creek. Joining them are new nominees Space Force, The Great, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Saturday Night Live also earned three nominations for Alec Baldwin, Woody Harrelson, and Jason Sudeikis as Best TV President.
Best Miniseries or Movie for Television about Politics and Government
Catherine the Great
The Loudest Voice
The Plot Against America
Watchmen also earned a nomination for Best Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, or Movie for Television about Fantastic and Futuristic Politics and Government.
Best Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, or Movie for Television about Fantastic and Futuristic Politics and Government
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Star Trek: Picard
The Handmaid's Tale
Outlander and The Handmaid's Tale both returned to this category from last year's nominees in addition to earning nominations for Best Drama Series about Politics and Government. The previous two winners in this category, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Man in the High Castle failed to earn renominations, just like the previous two winners for drama. Replacing them and the rest of last years nominees are Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Star Trek: Picard, The Mandalorian,, and Watchmen, the last of which also earned a nomination for Best Miniseries or Movie for Television about Politics and Government.
Best Talk Show
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Every one of last year's nominees in this category returned, including the winner, Last Week Tonight.
Documentary, Nonfiction, or Reality Series about Politics and Government
Why We Hate
This is a new category, so there are no returning nominees.
Best TV President
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump (Saturday Night Live)
Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden (Saturday Night Live)
Téa Leoni as President Elizabeth Adams McCord (Madam Secretary)
Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden (Saturday Night Live)
Kiefer Sutherland as President Thomas Adam Kirkman (Designated Survivor)
Sam Trammell as President Ben Hayes (Homeland)
No candidates returned from last year's nominees, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer on Veep retired when her show concluded before the eligibility period. However, Kiefer Sutherland as President Thomas Adam Kirkman from Designated Survivor, the Best TV President of the 2017-2018 season, returned to run again. Joining Sutherland are Alec Baldwin, Woody Harrelson, and Jason Sudeikis from Saturday Night Live, Téa Leoni from Madam Secretary, and Sam Trammell from Homeland. May the best candidate win!
The members and volunteers of Coffee Party USA will vote for their favorite nominees over the next three weeks, at the end of which Coffee Party USA will announce the winners on its blog and Facebook page.
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Modified from the original at Coffee Party USA's blog.