Two years ago, the Broadcast TV Journalists Assn. — an offshot of group that doles out the Critics Choice Awards — began their own kudos.
This year’s awards are to take place on June 10. Nominations from the 77-member voting body in 23 categories will be revealed on May 23. The eligibility period runs from last June 1 to this coming May 31.
While the group mirrors the Emmys in most categories, they also present prizes to the Most Exciting New Series based on pilots and early episodes. Last year, they cited “The Following,” “The Mindy Project,” “Nashville,” “The Newsroom” and “Political Animals” as ones to watch.
In making Thursday’s announcement, Joey Berlin — who heads up both the BTJA and the film critics confab as well — said, “Now in our third year, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards gala has become the kickoff for the television award season and an opportunity for the industry to come together to celebrate its great work.”
“Community” won Best Comedy Series but was still snubbed by the Emmys. That was the ony win for the NBC laffer despite a leading six nominations.
The organization emphasized the “broadcast” part of its name with over-the-air nets leading the way. NBC may have been in fourth place in the ratings but came first with five wins out of 14 bids while ABC netted three from 13 and Fox went two for 12 (CBS was shut out despite nine noms). Cablecaster HBO, which has reaped the most Emmy nominations for years, was cited a dozen times but won just one award while AMC went three for 11 and FX netted two prizes from its 11 bids.
“Parks and Recreation” (another NBC comedy that has yet to win a top Emmy) won two of its five bids with Amy Poehler tying “New Girl” Zooey Deschanel for Best Comedy Actress and Paul Rudd winning Best Guest Performer. Louis C.K. won Best Comedy Actor for his eponymous FX series. The supporting awards went to reigning Emmy champs Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell of “Modern Family.”
At the inaugural kudos, the top drama and comedy races included 10 series each. Last year, those fields, as well as all others, were restricted to six nominees, echoing the Emmy races.
“Homeland” bested reigning titleholder “Mad Men” as well as “Breaking Bad” (4 noms), “Downton Abbey” (2), “Game of Thrones” (2) and “The Good Wife” (4). While “Breaking Bad” claimed both Best Drama Actor (Bryan Cranston) and Supporting Drama Actor (Giancarlo Esposito), the other series also-rans were blanked.
“Community” edged out “Parks and Recreation” as well as 2011 champ “Modern Family” and freshman series “Girls” and “New Girl,” all of which had five bids, as well as “The Big Bang Theory” (2 noms). “Girls” and “Big Bang” were winless.
Unlike the movie prizes which include many of the Oscar categories, these kudos do not include any recognition of the directors and writers responsible for television’s finest programming.
Two years ago, the BTJA did not acknowledge the TV movie and mini-series genres but remedied that last time around. Indeed, they previewed what the Emmys will look like this year by combining the lead and supporting categories for this genre. “Sherlock” won Best Movie/Miniseries while its star Benedict Cumberbatch claimed top actor. “Game Change” leading lady Julianne Moore won the distaff prize.
Two years ago, the combined talk show race overlooked most of the primetime Emmy contenders. Last year, only one daytime talker, “The View,” contended with “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” prevailing.