Japanese Feudal Drama ‘Shōgun’ Earns Five TCA Nominations

FX earns 16 nominations overall, a compelling set up for the Emmys. (Photo courtesy of FX and Katie Yu.)

The Television Critics Association announced its nominations in anticipation of the 40th annual awards. FX’s “Shōgun” earned an impressive five nominations, tied for the most with Netflix’s “Baby Reindeer” and “Ripley.” The historical Japanese epic, based on the 1975 novel by James Clavell, got nods for individual performances by Hiroyuki Sanada and Anna Sawai and for Program of the Year. 

Anna Sawai and Hiroyuki Sanada were nominated for their roles as Toda Mariko and Yoshi Toranaga. (Photo courtesy of FX and Katie Yu.)

The show was written and created by husband-wife duo Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo. Set in feudal Japan in the year 1600, “Shōgun” fictionalizes several battles and political betrayals of Sengoku period Japan. The historical drama features a predominantly Japanese ensemble with most of the dialogue spoken in the language. The first season premiered on Feb. 27 to critical acclaim, drawing in over 9 million viewers across streaming platforms. Seasons 2 and 3 are already said to be in development. 

The series had been renewed for two additional seasons following the success of the first. (Photo courtesy of FX and Katie Yu.)

The awards ceremony will return to in-person awards on July 12 after last year’s cancellation due to WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. “The Bear,” “Fargo” and “Reservation Dogs” also got several nominations, leaving FX tied with Netflix with 16 nominations each. TCA Awards are often an early indicator of the Emmy Awards race, which will culminate in early September. 

By the looks of it, “Shōgun” is off to a strong start this awards season.