Critics' Choice Television Awards

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OKLAHOMA CITY, June 16, 2011­ – With six nominations ABC’ s “Modern Family” topped the list of nominees for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards named by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

Modern Family: ABC

AMC’s “Mad Men” was nominated for Best Television Drama, and four cast memebrs were honored with acting nods, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery.

A branch of sister organization the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the TV awards show be hosted by Best Reality Show Host nominee Cat Deely (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and will stream live at at 12:30 p.m. Mon. June 20 and rebroadcast on ReelzChannel the evening of Wed. June 22.

Announcing nominations more than a month before Emmys, the BTJA gets the chance to jumpstart award season hoopla. A season that won’t end for another three months or so; the Emmy broadcast isn’t until Sept. 18.

Nominated for six awards in all, “Modern Family” also grabbed a nod in the big category, Best Comedy Series. Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill and Eric Stonestreet all snagged spots in the same crowded category, Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Costars Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara were each nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Unlike the Emmys’ Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series category with only six nominees, the Critics’ Choice Television Award Show names ten shows in their Best Comedy and Best Drama Series categories, the remaining categories name up to six nominees.

The Best Drama Series field features a few freshmen series’, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “The Killing” (AMC) and “The Walking Dead” (AMC).  “Fringe” (Fox) and “Justified” (FX), were among the surprise nominees. Drama stalwarts “Dexter” (Showtime), “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV), “The Good Wife” (CBS), Mad Men” (AMC) round out the field.

TV’s funniest will go at it in a stacked Best Comedy Series category.  With a field of ten, the BTJA is able to honor lower profile comedies like “Archer” and “Louie.” Two shows that wholly deserve to be there, but would never get a nom at the Primetime Emmys.

“Archer” (FX), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Community” (NBC), “Glee” (Fox), “Louie” (FX), “The Middle” (ABC), “The Office” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC) and “30 Rock” (NBC) will compete with frontrunner “Modern Family.”

Heavyweight actors will slug it out in the Best Actor in a Drama Series department, and the winner, whoever it is, should thank Bryan Cranston. Because “Breaking Bad” is ineligible to compete, one of these fine gentlemen will get to experience victory.

Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”) and Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”) are you nominees.

The leading ladies facing off in the Best Actress in a Drama Series Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”), Mireille Enos (“The Killing”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), “Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Anna Torv (“Fringe”).

In the toughest to handicap category, the nominees in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama group are Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Shawn Hatosy (“Southland”), John Noble (“Fringe”), Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”) and John Slattery (“Mad Men”).

In the race for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Margo Martindale (“Justified”), Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), Archie Penjabi (“The Good Wife”) and Chloe Sevigny (“Big Love”).

Another bear of a category, Best Actor in a Comedy Series sports some seriously funny guys, Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Steve Carell (“The Office”), Louis C.K. (“Louie”), Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”).

Other non-“Modern Family” nominees will join Burrell, O’Neil and Stonestreet in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series grouping. Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), and Danny Pudi (“Community”) round out a star studded collection.

In the field of Best Actress in a Comedy nominees include Courtney Cox for (“Cougar Town”), Edie Falco for (“Nurse Jackie”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”), Martha Plimpton (“Raising Hope”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”).

Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Busy Philipps (“Cougar Town”) and Eden Sher (“The Middle”) will go up against “Family’s” Bowen and Vergara for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

Best Talk Show noms include “Chelsea Lately” (E!), “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Warner Bros.), “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC) and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (Harpo).

In the Best Reality Series contest, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC), “Hoarders” (A&E), “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Bravo), “Sister Wives” (TLC) and “Undercover Boss” (CBS) will compete.

Surprisingly, CBS’s “Survivor” didn’t claim a spot in the race for Best Reality Series — Competition. “The Amazing Race” (ABC), “American Idol” (Fox), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “Project Runway” (Lifetime), “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo) and “Top Chef” (Bravo) made the cut over the king of reality competition, which saw an exciting return to glory this season with characters like Boston Rob, Russell and “the specialist” himself, Phillip.

Joining Deely, Best Reality Show Host nominees include Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”), Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”), Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs”) and Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”).

Danny DeVito will receive the inaugural Critic’s Choice Television Icon Award. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” creator and star Rob McElhenney will present the award.

ABC led all broadcast networks with 16 nominations, NBC had 12 and AMC and FX led cable networks with nine nominations each.

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Craig Sanger

A broadcast journalism graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, Craig Sanger is film critic for Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH-TV, morning radio host on KATT-FM, and staff writer at distinctly Oklahoma Magazine. 

Craig is a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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