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As TV Critics Hand Out Prizes And Emmy Ballots Are Due, The Movie Awards Season Could Face A Major Shakeup

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: With last night’s Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s 4th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards now out of the way, and Emmy ballots due by 10 tonight, there is lots of news on the TV awards front. But I have learned there also is news on the nascent movie awards season that could mean a radical shake up for the BFJA’s kissing cousins’ Critics Choice Movie Awards.

A meeting will be held today to discuss moving the CCMAs up in the season by as much as a month to mid-December. Yikes! (Full Disclosure: I vote in those awards). CriticsChoiceMovieAwardslogoFor the last two years they have been held on Oscar nomination day (January 17th earlier this year), drawing a big star-and-industry turnout as well as lots of attention due to the fact that newly minted Oscar nominees hit the CCMA red carpet just hours after getting the big news. But I am told BFCA officials are frustrated by the forced proximity not only to the higher profile Golden Globes show on NBC, but also the glut of other pre-Oscar events and guild nomination announcements. Also factoring in is a new broadcast partner as The CW, which has carried the show for the past two years (after previous stints with VH1 and E) is no longer going to be involved. Last night’s TV awards was also the first — and apparently last — broadcast for that show as well on The CW. The BFCA/BFJA (same group of … Read More »

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Broadcast TV Journalists Association Unveils Critics’ Choice Television Awards Nominees

One day after theCritics Choice TV Awards Logo(1) Television Critics Association unveiled nominees for this year’s TCA Awards, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced nominations for its Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

FX-logoFX leads the BTJA’s noms list, with 19 –  followed closely by HBO which garnered 18.  Topping the list of nominated series, with five noms each, are CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife,  FX’s Fargo, Showtime’s Masters Of Sex,  and HBO’s The Normal Heart.

Other top-nominated serieshbologo3 include FX’s The Americans, AMC’s Breaking Bad, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, and PBS’s Sherlock: His Last Vow — each snagging four noms.

cbs8Walton Goggins and Allison Janney were both twice nominated. Goggins is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for Justified, and Janney is nommed for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,  for Mom. The two also will compete against each other in the Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series category for Sons Of Anarchy and Masters Of Sex, respectively.
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Cedric The Entertainer To Host Critics’ Choice TV Awards

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 3:54pm PDT

The CW has tapped Cedric the Entertainercedric-the-entertainer_20110418201654-240x300 to host the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The awards are set to air live on The CW on at 8 PM ET June 19 from the Beverly Hilton . Cedric The Entertainer hosts thecriticschoicetvawards game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which is beginning its 12th season in syndication. He also is the star, co-creator and executive producer of the TV Land comedy The Soul Man, which last night began its third season with a live episode. He next will be seen on the big screen co-starring opposite Marlon Wayans in A Haunted House 2 and recently wrapped a new feature with Chris Rock that’s slated for release in the summer.

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Resolution Signs ‘Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off her best actress in a drama series win at the Critics Choice TV Awards last night, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany has signed with Resolution. Canadian Maslany had been without U.S. agency representation for a while and had been pursued by multiple agencies recently following her breakout performance on the BBC America drama. Last night, she edged the likes of Homeland‘s Claire Danes, Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga, Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and The Americans‘ Keri Russell to land the Critics Choice nod and has emerged as a major Emmy contender as well. (Watch her acceptance speech below). Maslany, who also received a breakout performance special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, continues to be managed by Magnolia Entertainment and repped by Characters Talent Agency in Canada.

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HBO, FX Lead Critics’ Choice TV Awards — But Where Are ‘Mad Men’, ‘Modern Family’?

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

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.

Related: EMMYS: Why The TV Academy Reversed Its Decision On Merging Longform Categories

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: Read More »

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Critics’ Choice TV Awards Set For June 10

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 in 23 categories including Most Exciting New Series, which spotlights upcoming series from pilots and early episodes. Nominations will be announced May 23; the Most Exciting New Series will be unveiled June 3.

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Will ‘Community’ and ‘Homeland’ Critics Choice Television Awards Upset Wins Mean Big Things For Emmy?

Pete Hammond

“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.

Related: Critics’ Choice TV Awards: ‘Homeland’, ‘Community’ & ‘Sherlock’ Double Winners

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? Read More »

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Critics’ Choice TV Awards: ‘Homeland’, ‘Community’ & ‘Sherlock’ Double Winners

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 9:53pm PDT

Homeland Critics Choice Television AwardsShowtime’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:

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‘The Newsroom’ & ‘Political Animals’ Among Critics’ Choice TV Awards’ New Series Picks

By | Tuesday June 12, 2012 @ 11:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Along with TV programs from the past season, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards — an offshoot of the Critics’ Choice Awards for movies — recognizes new shows that premiere after June 1. This year’s five Most Exciting New Series honorees include three broadcast and two cable series: The Following (Fox/Warner Bros), The Mindy Project (Fox/Universal), Nashville (ABC/Lionsgate), The Newsroom (HBO) and Political Animals (USA/Warner Bros). The inaugural Critics’ Choice TV Awards last year honored eight shows in the category, half of them coming back and half gone after one season: Alcatraz, Apartment 23, Awake, Falling Skies, New Girl, Ringer, Smash and Terra Nova.

Related: Critics’ Choice TV Awards Noms: ‘Community’ At Top Of List

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Critics’ Choice TV Awards Noms: ‘Community’ At Top Of List

Nellie Andreeva

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

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Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. Sets Second Critics’ Choice Television Awards

Nellie Andreeva

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.

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Hammond: Emmy Campaign Season Gives Oscar A Run For His Money

Pete Hammond

‘Mad Men’ & ‘Modern Family’ Among Winners At First Critics’ Choice TV Awards

“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.” Read More »

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‘Mad Men’ & ‘Modern Family’ Among Winners At First Critics’ Choice TV Awards

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: Read More »

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Critics’ Choice Awards Honors 8 New Shows

Nellie Andreeva

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
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Critics’ Choice Television Awards Land TV, Online Distribution, Tap Host

Nellie Andreeva

The inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards — from the newly established Broadcast Television Journalists Association, an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association — will be hosted by So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley. The ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 20, will be televised by ReelzChannel, which will run it on June 22. will live-stream the event. (VH1 is the long-time broadcast partner of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.) The Critcis’ Choice TV Awards are executive produced by Bob Bain. Categories include best show and performance honors in drama, comedy, reality and talk — as well as the “Most Exciting New Series” premiering this summer and fall, judging from pilots and early episodes.

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New Critics’ Choice Television Awards Unveil Categories & Voting Procedures

Nellie Andreeva

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: Read More »

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