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Aziz Ansari, Constance Wu Nominated for 2016 TCA Awards

by Minh Nguyen /
Honoree Aziz Ansari attends the 16th Annual AFI Awards.Michael Kovac / Getty Images

Asian-American actors Aziz Ansari and Constance Wu are among the field of nominees of the 32nd Television Critics Association Awards. Ansari, who co-created and stars on Netflix’s “Master of None,” and Wu, who stars on ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” are both nominated in the same category: individual achievement in comedy.

Honoree Aziz Ansari attends the 16th Annual AFI Awards.Michael Kovac / Getty Images

Wu was nominated last year in the same category, with Amy Schumer winning the award with her performance in Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” Since the commencement of the TCA Awards in 1985, no Asian-American actor has won the individual achievement in comedy award. This year is also the first year where more than one Asian actor was nominated in the category.

Actress Constance Wu attends The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.David Livingston / Getty Images Contributor

Netflix’s “Master of None” and The CW's “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” are also nominated for outstanding new program. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" co-creator and lead Rachel Bloom won a Golden Globe earlier in 2016 for best actress in a TV comedy. Bloom is also nominated for individual achievement in comedy in this year’s TCA Awards. The show features Filipino-American actor Vincent Rodriguez III as Bloom’s character’s love interest on the show — one of the very few representations of male Asian-American love interests on TV.

According to the organization, the Television Critics Association represents more than 220 journalists who write about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada. The 32nd Annual TCA Awards will take place on August 6 at the Beverly Hilton and will be hosted by “Jane the Virgin” actor Jaime Camil.

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