‘Homeland,’ ‘Community’ winners of top Critics’ Choice Television Awards

The Broadcast Television Journalist Assn. announced the winners of its second annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards Monday. Best Drama Series went to Golden Globe champ “Homeland” for its freshman year with star Claire Danes winning Best Drama Actress.

Community,” which has been snubbed by the Emmy Awards for its first two seasons, won Best Comedy Series. That was the ony win for the NBC laffer despite a leading six nominations (See full list of winners here.)

The organization emphasized the “broadcast” part of its name with over-the-air nets leading the way. NBC may be 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 GirlZooey 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.”

Mad Men,” a four-time Emmy winner for Best Drama Series, claimed just one award out of five nominations as Christina Hendricks repeated as Best Supporting Drama Actress. 

Last year, the top drama and comedy races included 10 series each. This 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. 

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Community” edged out “Parks and Recreation” as well as last year’s 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. 

The BTJA is an offshoot of the group that gives out the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. However, unlike those prizes which include many of the Oscar categories, these do not include any recognition of the directors and writers responsible for television’s finest programming.

Last year, the BTJA did not acknowledge the TV movie and mini-series genres but remedied that this time around. Indeed, they preview what the Emmys will look like next 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. 

Last year, the combined talk show race overlooked most of the primetime Emmy contenders. This year, only one daytime talker, “The View,” contended with “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” prevailing. 


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