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'Modern Family' leads nominations for new Critics' Choice TV Awards

June 6, 2011 |  6:00 am

"Modern Family" led with the most nominations (six) for the first Critics' Choice Television Awards bestowed by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn., a new offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. that bestows the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. "Mad Men" came in second place with five bids, "Boardwalk Empire" and "30 Rock" with four.

Modern familyThe awards will be presented June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel emceed by "So You Think You Can Dance" star Cat Deeley, nominated for best host of a reality TV show.

In addition to comedy series, "Modern Family" was nominated for five acting prizes in the supporting categories for Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara. Snubbed was costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who now knows what Ed O'Neill felt like last summer when O'Neill was the only principal star of "Modern Family" not nominated for an Emmy.

"Modern Family" and Stonestreet won top Emmys last year, and it was voted best comedy series by the Television Critics Assn., a rival group of TV journalists that has bestowed awards since 1985. TCA will announce its nominations June 13 or 14 and the winners will be unveiled on Aug. 6, according to TCA president Susan Young.

Some surprise nominations on the Critics' Choice TV Awards list will certainly be welcomed by tube aficionados — like the inclusion of "Fringe," "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones" for best drama series. Typically, fantasy shows are snubbed at leading showbiz awards. Animated programs usually get overlooked too, but "Archer" is up for best comedy series. Not nominated: "Family Guy," which got cited in the top race by the Emmys two years ago.

The Critics' Choice TV Awards will be streamed live June 20 by VH1.com and shown multiple times in edited format later on Reelz Channel starting June 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

— Tom O'Neil

BEST DRAMA SERIES
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Dexter"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Fringe"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Good Wife"
"Justified"
"The Killing"
"Mad Men"
"The Walking Dead"

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"
Mireille Enos, "The Killing"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Anna Torv, "Fringe"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"
Walton Goggins, "Justified"
Shawn Hatosy, "Southland"
John Noble, "Fringe"
Michael Pitt, "Boardwalk Empire"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Michelle Forbes, "The Killing"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Margo Martindale, "Justified"
Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Chloë Sevigny, "Big Love"

BEST REALITY SERIES
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
"Hoarders"
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
"Sister Wives"
"Undercover Boss"

BEST REALITY SERIES, COMPETITION
"The Amazing Race"
"American Idol"
"Dancing with the Stars"
"Project Runway"
"RuPaul’s Drag Race"
"Top Chef"

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars"
Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Ty Pennington, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
Mike Rowe, "Dirty Jobs"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"

BEST TALK SHOW
"Chelsea Lately"
"The Daily Show"
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
"The Oprah Winfrey Show"

BEST COMEDY SERIES
"Archer"
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Community"
"Glee"
"Louie"
"The Middle"
"Modern Family"
"The Office"
"Parks and Recreation"
"30 Rock"

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Charlie Day, "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Joel McHale, "Community"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Courteney Cox, "Cougar Town"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Patricia Heaton, "The Middle"
Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Nick Offerman, "Parks and Recreation"
Ed O’Neill, "Modern Family"
Danny Pudi, "Community"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Busy Philipps, "Cougar Town"
Eden Sher, "The Middle"
Sofía Vergara, "Modern Family"

Photo: ABC

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