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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

  1. There are a lot of options.

    Best Comedy Series: Jane the Virgin, The Grinder, Transparent, Getting On, Mom, Fresh off the Boat, Blackish, The Last Man on Earth, Mike & Molly, You’re the Worst, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, The Mindy Project, The Guide to Surviving Life, Life in Pieces, Modern Family, etc.

    Best Drama: OITNB, Homeland, The Knick, The Affair, HTGAWM, Empire, I Robot, The Leftovers, The Family, Flesh & Bone, Ray Donovan, Master’s of Sex, Feat the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead, etc.

    Best Limited Series: Lewis & Clark, Fargo, True Detective(I hope not), American Horror Story: Hotel, Tut, etc.

    Best TV Move or Dramatic Special: The Looking, CSI: Special, Act One (PBS), Turkey Hollow, The Wiz Live, etc.

    Best Drama Actress: Viola Davis, Taraji P Henson, Julianna Marguiles, Taylor Schilling, Claire Danes, Lizzy Caplan

    Best Drama Actor: Terrence Howard, Liev Schrieber, James Spader, Michael Sheen, Remi Malek

    Best Comedy Actress: Constance Wu, Gina Rodgrieuz, Anna Faris, Mindy Kaling, Tracee Ellis Ross, Aya Cash

    Best Comedy Actor: Chris Geere, Anthony Anderson, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Forte, Johnny Galecki

    Best Limited Actress: Lady Gaga, Jean Smart, Rachel McAdams

    Best Limited Actor: Evan Peters(??), Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson, Casey Affleck, Mattias

    Best Supporting Comedy Actress: Allison Janney, Niecy Nash, Judith Light, Mayim Bialik, Gabby Hoffman, Eden
    Best Comedy Supporting Actor: Jamie Camil, Laurence Fishburn, Ty Burrell (maybe), Fred Savage, Ike Baronholtz, Jay Dupless

    Best Drama Supporting Actress: Uzo Aduba, Christine Baranski, Portia De Rossi (Hopefully), Kate Mulgrew, Mary Steenberg, Laura Prepon

    Best Drama Supportingg Actor: Mandy Patinkin, Alan Cumming,

    Best Limited Supporting Actress: Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Uzo Aduba, Kirsten Dunst,

    Best Limited Supporting Actor: Matt Bomer, Dennis Leary, Finn Wittrock, Jesse Plemons, Tim Plester

    That is All I GOT

  2. Game of Thrones had 2 new episodes (5×09 and 5×10) that aired in June, and next year will probably be the same, so can’t it still be considered for a Critics’ Choice Award?

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