News Nuggets: What are the 8 Most Exciting New Series at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards?

The Critics’ Choice TV Awards will honor eight programs in their Most Exciting New Series category this weekend. Their selections are “American Crime Story” (FX), “Aquarius” (NBC), “Blindspot” (NBC), “Minority Report” (Fox), “The Muppets” (ABC), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “Supergirl” (CBS), and “UnREAL (Lifetime). All were chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association based on pilots, early episodes, and trailers from the large number of shows debuting this summer or fall. Deadline

The Critics’ Choice TV Awards producers also announce several of their presenters for Sunday’s show airing live on A&E. They include current nominees Johnny Galecki, Allison Janney, Bob Odenkirk, and Sarah Paulson. Others are Shiri Appleby, Scott Bakula, Chris Colfer, Terry Crews, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anna Faris, Max Greenfield, Angie Harmon, Josh Holloway, Gillian Jacobs, Jake Johnson, Michael Mando, Olivier Martinez, Ben McKenzie, Bill Paxton, Chelsea Peretti, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, and Constance Zimmer. TV by the Numbers

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Final box office numbers for the long Memorial Day weekend have Disney’s “Tomorrowland” in first place. However, it is a disappointing debut of just $41.7 million for the film starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird. Sequel “Pitch Perfect 2” is in second place, bringing in $38.5 million in its second week. Remake “Poltergeist” starts out in fourth place with $26.5 million. Hollywood Reporter

Clarence Moye says that only seven Emmy nominees for Best Drama Series “feels incredibly tight given the wealth of quality, diverse dramatic television.” He predicts that “Mad Men,” “House of Cards,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Game of Thrones” will all return. Moving over from comedy will be “Orange is the New Black.” After those, he has the ratings giant “Empire” in the sixth slot. The seventh could be either “The Good Wife,” “Better Call Saul,” “The Americans,” or “Homeland,” but most likely newcomer “The Affair.” Awards Daily

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Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange is returning to Broadway in a classic play. Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and John Gallagher, Jr. will perform in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Eugene O’Neill. beginning with previews in March, 2016. The last New York production of the play was in 2003 with Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Sean Leonard. Playbill

Liam Neeson is the most liked celebrity endorser in commercials according to a new survey by Nielsen. He is favored by 78% of Americans for his work promoting Supercell Games on television. The next two most liked are Pierce Brosnan and Matthew McConaughey. Others in the top 10 are Jennifer Garner, Natalie Portman, J.K. Simmons, Jim Parsons, Dennis Haysbert, Sofia Vergara, and Jeff Bridges. USA Today

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will host this year’s Guys Choice Awards. The ceremony will air June 18 on Spike. The “Empire‘ stars will help honor Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, and Dwayne Johnson along with presenters LL Cool J, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Russell Westbrook, and Hannah Davis. Variety

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