Last year, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association might have helped fuel Homeland‘s surprise Emmy win by awarding its top drama prize to the then-rookie Showtime series. But with today’s announcement of nominees for its 3rd annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards, the group might make more noise with what it spurned than what it honored. HBO and FX lead the network tally with 21 and 19 noms, respectively, and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s American Horror Story each drew six to top all programs. However, a look at the Best Comedy and Best Drama races reveal some surprising omissions. Missing from the BJTA’s comedy series hopefuls are three-time defending Emmy champ Modern Family (supporting actress Sarah Hyland is the show’s lone nominee), along with recently wrapped perennial 30 Rock and, perhaps most glaringly, HBO’s hipster darling Girls. And conspicuously absent from the drama series combatants is four-time Emmy winner Mad Men, which also earned only a single nom, for lead actress Elizabeth Moss.
Instead, vying for the Critics’ Choice Award for best drama are Homeland, HBO’s Game Of Thrones, PBS’ Downtown Abbey, CBS’ The Good Wife and AMC’s Breaking Bad — all of which also were nominated in the category last year — along with FX’s freshman The Americans. Up for best comedy are Modern Family‘s Wednesday night companion The Middle, landing its first major awards recognition, as well as Big Bang Theory, FX’s Louie, Fox’s New Girl, NBC’s Parks and Recreation and HBO Veep. (No sign of last year’s winner Community, led by new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio.) Netflix’s House Of Cards made an entrance into the awards circles with two acting noms, including one for star Kevin Spacey.
The awards will be handed out June 10 at the Beverly Hilton — not coincidentally during Emmy voting season. Parks and Rec‘s Retta will host. See the complete list of nominees, along with the breakdown of noms by show and network, after the jump:
The third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, hosted by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association, will be Monday, June 10, at the Beverly Hilton. They will honor programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013 …
Will ‘Community’ and ‘Homeland’ Critics Choice Television Awards Upset Wins Mean Big Things For Emmy?
“The Emmy win was more like a high school popularity contest. This is from the critics!,” said Julie Bowen, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ newly named Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner — who also happens to be the reigning Emmy winner in the same category. But she seemed to be placing more importance on this award than even the Emmy when we talked right after Monday night’s ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. When I repeated her opinion to her Modern Family co-star and fellow Critics Choice winner — and reigning Emmy winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy — Ty Burrell, he agreed, saying the recognition from the critics has enormous meaning for him.
Of course it doesn’t hurt that these awards, now in their second year, are strategically positioned to happen right smack dab in the middle of Emmy voting, so tonight’s impressive turnout of nominees, winners and presenters was not suprising. Exposure at this crucial time in the process is everything, and unlike movie awards season there aren’t nearly as many opportunities for a photo op or acceptance speech as the Broadcast Critics Association offers with their nascent TV awards. If attention is as much the prize itself then these awards could not have been better for the Emmy chances of third-season critical favorite Community, which was the big surprise winner over favored Modern Family for Best Comedy Series, and Showtime’s first-season drama Homeland, which won Best Actress in a Drama for Claire Danes and Best Drama Series over favored vets like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The latter did win Actor in a Drama for three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Giancarlo Esposito, while Mad Men’s sole win was for repeat victor Christina Hendricks in Supporting Drama Actress. Does this relative shocking showing for two new, not widely viewed shows outside of critical circles mean a potential earthquake at the Emmys, where Mad Men has won the Best Drama Series award for all four of its seasons and Modern Family has done the same in the comedy category for its first two years on ABC?
Showtime’s Homeland took best drama honors and a best drama actress award for Claire Danes at the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton. PBS’ Sherlock was also a big winner, taking best miniseries/movie and best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch. On the comedy side, NBC’s Community took best series honors and Parks And Recreation‘s Amy Poehler split the best comedy actress nod with New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel. NBC walked away with the most wins overall for a network with 5, including best reality competition series with The Voice. ABC and AMC had three wins apiece, with the later scoring a pair of Breaking Bad wins for lead drama actor Bryan Cranston and supporting actor Giancarlo Esposito. Stay tuned for Pete Hammond’s take on the results. Here’s the full list of winners:
There is an awards show where Community is the most nominated program! The quirky NBC comedy series leads the pack at the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards with six nominations, including best comedy series and best comedy actor Joel McHale, followed by another NBC Thursday comedy, Parks & Recreation. Lauded AMC dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad each have five noms. NBC was the most nominated network with 14 nominations followed by ABC with 13 and Fox and HBO with 12. The list includes a lot of long-time awards underdogs and fresh newcomers. Winners of the awards, given away by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assoc., an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 18.
Here is a list of the nominees:
Best Drama Series
Breaking Bad – AMC
Downton Abbey – PBS
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
Homeland – Showtime
Mad Men – AMC
LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2012) – The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, today announced that it would be adding six categories to the second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards and will be moving the event to the Beverly Hilton for an evening gala on June 18, 2012.
“Welcome to the pre-Emmy nominations campaign lunch,” one cable network exec deadpanned as I walked into the first (and organizers hope annual) Critics’ Choice Television Awards on Monday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event, created by the Broadcast Critics Association to complement the now 17-year-old Critics Choice Movie Awards and plant its flag officially in Emmy season, will be aired Wednesday on ReelzChannel, a rather obscure network that bills itself as “TV about Movies” but in this case will be “TV about TV.” Timed to occur during the Emmy nomination voting period (ballots aren’t due until this Friday), these awards, which drew many nominees, showrunners and execs and a big media turnout for red-carpet interviews, are another cog in the promotional wheel that has turned Emmy season into an advertising bonanza for many media outlets (yes, ads run on Deadline, too), and one that seems to be rivaling Oscar season for its pure visceral assault on potential voters. Actually, as a longtime member of the TV Academy, I would say the attention — not to mention cold hard cash — being lavished on trying to land nominations is more elaborate and intense than it has ever been. And maybe just a bit of overkill.
There are electronic billboards around L.A. soliciting votes (Steve Carell in The Office, anyone?) not to mention bus-shelter posters, Q&As everywhere (I have moderated my share), a months-long advertising blitz in trade papers and the Los Angeles Times (which recently had a full-on front-page ad wrap with their newspaper logo so that when readers opened their paper, they didn’t see the usual headlines but rather an Emmy bid for the stars of Men Of A Certain Age) and so much more.
Then there are all the lavish DVD boxes sent to the over-15,000-strong membership. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences put a stop to this kind of blatant pandering to voters by enacting specific guidelines strictly outlawing promotional opportunities sent with screeners of award hopefuls. The TV Academy has not done this (although they should), which is why some days at Emmy time the mail brings loads of fun stuff for voters to unwrap. HBO, which usuually dominates Emmy noms, sent its traditional boxes packed with series, specials, movies and docs, but other outlets feeling the need to be noticed came up with attention-getting devices like the pop-up card from How I Met Your Mother; the monopoly-style board game for The Big Bang Theory; the children’s book-style layout for Fox’s Raising Hope; a lenticular showing two sides of RuPaul for his reality show on Logo; numerous elaborate glossy DVD-laden brochures and/or foldout packages for the likes of Glee, Modern Family, Hot In Cleveland, Community, The Good Wife, Friday Night Lights (including the final 13 episodes of the series); and the shows of Starz, FX, Showtime, TNT, WE, NBC Universal, History Channel, Discovery and others. AMC had one of the most sophisticated mailings and included the entire seasons of Mad Men and The Walking Dead as well as episodes from their other series.
The most garish bid for attention was an ill-conceived item from Warner Bros Television, which sent a big red box (inside another big box) that was adorned with its series’ names and contained seven very slick 4-foot long (by a little less than 2 feet wide) vertical banners with individual series DVDs awkwardly stuffed into the bottom part of each one (Two and a Half Men was MIA in this package, though).
After sifting through all this stuff, at least Fox gave voters a laugh with their annual solicitation for the animated perennial loser Family Guy, an unfolding DVD package that featured such sayings as “It’s been this way for eight years, and it’s starting to hurt morale,” then, “We paid for a Golden Globe and didn’t get it, so we’re owed an award,” then, “Here’s a free DVD to give to your nephew,” and finally, “This screener has one frame of porn. Find the porn.”
The inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards handed out its honors today in a packed ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and our pals at TVLine were there. Jon Hamm (Mad Men) showed up to accept the Lead Actor in a Drama Series award, while his show won Best Drama Series. The Best Comedy Series went to Modern Family, and the Best Reality Series/Competition went to American Idol. Other winners included Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), John Noble (Fringe) and Tina Fey (30 Rock), while Neil Patrick Harris attended to pick up his Supporting Actor in a Comedy nod for How I Met Your Mother. According to attendees, the event drew an impressive array of actors, creators (Steven Levitan, Matthew Wiener) and network execs. The ceremony will air on ReelzChannel on Wednesday at 8 PM. Here’s the full list of winners:
Seven broadcast and one cable series made the cut in the Most Exciting New Series category at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The category, voted by broadcast journalists who have seen the pilots and any available episodes, recognizes shows premiering after June 1, 2011. Some of the most buzzed-about new series, including NBC’s Smash and Fox’s New Girl and Terra Nova, made the list, while others, including CBS’ Person of Interest and 2 Broke Girls and ABC’s Pan Am, didn’t. Here are the honorees (there will be no winner in the category, with all eight shows acknowledged at the awards show June 20):
Alcatraz – Fox – Warner Bros.
Apartment 23 - ABC – 20th Century Fox
Awake – NBC – 20th Century Fox
Falling Skies – TNT – DreamWorks
New Girl – Fox – 20th Century Fox
Ringer - CW – CBS Studios
Smash - NBC – DreamWorks/Universal Media
Terra Nova – Fox – 20th Century Fox
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the newly launched offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, has set the categories and voting procedures for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Like BFCA, BTJA is comprised mainly of journalists working in electronic media, in this case covering television. The Critics’ Choice TV Awards, which will be presented June 20 at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will also mirror the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which are going into their 17th year and televised live on VH1.
What separates the Critics’ Choice Television Awards from most mainstream TV awards shows is the Most Exciting New Series category for summer and fall 2011 series — it will be judged based on pilots and/or early episodes. It is open to both scripted and unscripted shows. For the other categories, the new awards show is using the same period of eligibility as the TV Academy does for the Emmys: June 1, 2010-May 31, 2011. The categories, skewed heavily toward talent in front of the camera, are: