Critics’ Choice Awards exclusive: Why are ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Mad Men’ NOT eligible?

critics choice awards game of thrones veep mad men 13579086

After today's shocking announcement that the Critics' Choice Movie and TV Awards will combine into one ceremony on Sunday, January 17, 2016, Gold Derby exclusively confirmed the new eligibility for both will be the 2015 calendar year. And since this summer's Critics' Choice TV Awards already nominated shows that aired during the first five months of the year, eligibility for these upcoming kudos will only be June 1 through December 31. Because reigning CCTA winners "The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" and recent Emmy champs "Game of Thrones," "Veep" and "Mad Men" won't air any new episodes during these seven months, all will be left off the ballot.

4 secrets from Critics' Choice TV Awards you won't hear anywhere else

What other shows will be ineligible at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards? Our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been furiously debating this hot topic. Join in their fiery fight here after reading a sampling of their comments below:

TVFan365: Drama shows that are ineligible are "Game of Thrones," "Better Call Saul," "Downton Abbey," "House of Cards," "Bloodline," "Orphan Black," "The Americans," "Vikings," "Bates Motel" and "Penny Dreadful." Comedy shows that are ineligible are "Veep," "Louie," "Silicon Valley," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "House of Lies," "Episodes," "Shameless," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Grace and Frankie," "Girls," "Broad City," "Archer," "Portlandia" and "Togetherness."

DenizSisman: So what will win the biggest program awards? "Homeland" and "OITNB" are losing their support each year. Will it go to "The Good Wife" or "Empire"? Or will new shows "Mr. Robot" and "Sense8" prevail? The comedy side is even emptier. I believe only "Modern Family" will be eligible for Critics' Choice among this year's Emmy nominated comedies. How will they even fill Miniseries and Movie slots for only covering seven months?

TWNickPeek: So basically this will force them to nominate new shows, like "Sense8," "Mr. Robot" and "Scream Queens"? And even shows like "Modern Family" and that mediocre season of "True Detective"? "Empire" is eligible and so is "Transparent." I don't really know.

It is never too early to dish the Emmys with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums

The Critics' Choice Awards are bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association to honor the best in cinematic and TV achievement. The BFCA is comprised of almost 300 members while the BTJA has almost 100 members.

Do you like the idea of the two awards shows being combined together? Sound off in the comments section below and join the discussion in our world-famous forums.

More News from GoldDerby

Loading