Inaugural Critics Choice Awards echo Emmys as ‘Mad Men’ & ‘Modern Family’ win

The first edition of the Critics’ Choice Television Awards Monday feted both of last year’s big Emmy winners — “Modern Family” (Best Comedy) and “Mad Men” (Best Drama). While the laffer lost its five other bids in the supporting acting races, the period drama won two of its four other races with prizes for Jon Hamm (Drama Actor) and Christina Hendricks who tied for Supporting Drama Actress with Margo Martindale (“Justified”).

2010 Globe and SAG champ Julianna Marguiles (“The Good Wife”) prevailed as Drama Actress — her Emmy rival Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) was not nominated — while John Noble (“Fringe”) claimed his first awards hardware with a Supporting Drama Actor win; last year’s Emmy winner

Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) was ineligible. 

Last year’s Emmy champ Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) repeated here as Comedy Actor while 2008 Emmy winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) was crowned Comedy Actress over, among others, 2010 Emmy champ Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”). Four-time Emmy also-ran Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother) claimed Supporting Comedy Actor while Busy Phillips (“Cougar Town”) took the Supporting Comedy Actress award.

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These kudos were handed out at the Beverly Hilton 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. The kudos streamed live on VH1.com and an editied version will air on Reelz Channel on June 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

The ceremony was 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 Critic’ Choice Award went to Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs”) who has yet to contend at the Emmys. “American Idol” won the Reality Competition Series race over seven-time Emmy champ “The Amazing Race” and “Top Chef” which surprised Emmywatchers with its upset win last year. 

The BTJA had 10 entries in the  top comedy and drama races. 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.”

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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