The Shield is going out in style: The dearly departed cop drama leads the Television Critics Association Awards with four nominations.
The Shield, which ended its seven-season run in November, will battle Lost, Mad Men, Saturday Night Live and Battlestar Galactica for the coveted Program of the Year. The Shield was also nominated for best drama series, best drama acting (Walter Goggins) and the Heritage Award, which honors series that have made a cultural impact. ER, M*A*S*H, Saturday Night Live and Star Trek are the other Heritage Award nominees.
The Shield's drama-series competition includes Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Lost and Mad Men.
On the comedy front, TCA likes 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Daily Show, How I Met Your Mother and The Office. Stars from four of those shows - Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jim Parsons, Neil Patrick Harris and Steve Carell - will face off for comedy-acting honors.
NBC leads networks with 11 nominations.
The winners will be announced Aug. 1.