Emmys champs ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Modern Family’ net most noms at Critics’ Choice TV Awards

Nominations for the upcoming first edition of the Critics’ Choice Television Awards are led by last year’s Emmy winners for Best Comedy —  “Modern Family” (six bids) — and Best Drama — “Mad Men” (five). Three-time top Emmy laffer “30 Rock” and recent Golden Globe winner “Boardwalk Empire” both reaped four bids Monday.

These kudos are being handed out by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn., a newly-created offshoot of the group that gives out the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. However, unlike those prizes which include many of the Oscar categories, these new ones do not include any recognition of the directors and writers responsible for television’s finest programming. Nor do they acknowledge the TV movie and mini-series genres and their combined talk show race overlooks most of the primetime Emmy contenders.

They do expand the top comedy and drama races to 10 series each, as did the Oscars with the Best Picture category two years ago. Although just four of last year’s six Emmy contenders for Best Drama were eligible this year, the BTJA only nominated “Dexter,” “Mad Men,” and “The Good Wife” leaving “True Blood” off the list. Likewise, the TV critics bypassed the Emmy-nominated “Nurse Jackie” in the Best Comedy category as well as ratings hit “Hot in Cleveland.”

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As with last year’s Emmys, one of the six adult actors on “Modern Family” was overlooked by the BTJA. While the Emmy-snubbed Ed O’Neill earned a Supporting Comedy Actor nod, his TV son Jesse Tyler Ferguson was left off this list. Also contending are Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Emmy champ Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara.


The BTJA deilvered some bad news to January Jones of “Mad Men.” Last year, she landed an Emmy nom for Best Drama Actress and decided to stay in that race this year. However, the critics went with her co-star Elisabeth Moss, who had dropped down to supporting last year (she got nominated) but has opted to contend again in the top category where she was a 2009 Emmy nominee.

The June 20th ceremony will be hosted by “So You Think You Can Dance” star Cat Deeley. While she has yet to reap a bid for Best Reality Host at the Emmys, she did earn a nod from this group. However, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, winner of all three of those Emmy races, was snubbed as was three-time Emmy nominee Heidi Klum (“Project Runway”). The kudos will stream live on VH1.com and an editied version will air on Reelz Channel on June 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“Archer”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Community”
“Glee”
“Louie”
“The Middle”
“Modern Family”
“The Office”
“Parks and Recreation”
“30 Rock”

BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Charlie Day, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
Joel McHale, “Community”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Courteney Cox, “Cougar Town”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Patricia Heaton, “The Middle”
Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Nick Offerman, “Parks and Recreation”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Danny Pudi, “Community”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Busy Philipps, “Cougar Town”
Eden Sher, “The Middle”
Sofía Vergara, “Modern Family”

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Dexter”
“Friday Night Lights”
“Fringe”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“Justified”
“The Killing”
“Mad Men”
“The Walking Dead”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”
Mireille Enos, “The Killing”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Katey Sagal, “Sons of Anarchy”
Anna Torv, “Fringe”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Walton Goggins, “Justified”
Shawn Hatosy, “Southland”
John Noble, “Fringe”
Michael Pitt, “Boardwalk Empire”
John Slattery, “Mad Men”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Michelle Forbes, “The Killing”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Margo Martindale, “Justified”
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Chloë Sevigny, “Big Love”

BEST REALITY SERIES
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
“Hoarders”
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
“Sister Wives”
“Undercover Boss”

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
“The Amazing Race”
“American Idol”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Ty Pennington, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
Mike Rowe, “Dirty Jobs”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

BEST TALK SHOW
“Chelsea Lately”
“The Daily Show”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“The Oprah Winfrey Show”

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