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

"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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Adding to my post below: I meant of course Anna Torv playing 5 Olivia versions, with Olivia and Fauxlivia going through emotional waves, from extreme to extreme. Then there was Olivia thinking she was Fauxlivia and Fauxlivia pretending to be Olivia, and the older Olivia.
With Bell it makes 6 characters in one season, or more if you count the very last scene where Olivia/fauxlivia have different attitudes. All played beautifully, great insight, taking the viewer on the emotional journey, amazing.

The LA Times should support Anna Torv, she was the standout in Fringe season 3.

Great to see Anna Torv getting the recognition she really really deserves, great from the start of Fringe, amazing this season.

She carried season 3, at least 5 versions of Oliva and Bell aded to that,
no other actress has done this. Great dramatic journey for both main Olivia's,
wonderful.

Glad to see Chloe Sevigny and Martha Plimpton got nods, but no Big Love for Best Drama and no Raising Hope for Best Comedy? BOO!!

Guess I need to step up and say it is about time Justified got some much deserved recognition. Four noms...Congrats to Walton, Margo, Justified and mostly to Mr Timothy Olyphant for a perfect season of great performances. You sir, are the reason many of us tuned in week after week. The show is great and yet...we all are there to watch Raylan Givens and you make him "must see" so thank you and we all hope you win.

Though a fan of "Modern Family", it never breaks out of its formulaic mode. "Community" on the other hand, well, they've done parodies of armageddon films ("Paint Ball Wars" from 2010), spaghetti westerns and Star Wars ("Paint Ball Wars" from 2011), the film-within-a-show when Abet was an auteur Director, more space films (the lost motorhome episode), etc. This comedy constantly pushes the boundary
and is both smart and contemporary. Truly in a class of its own.

Wow, look at all the entirely justified love for Justified. Plus, Parks and Rec and Community are both getting their due as well. If this is a preview of the Emmys (which, sadly, there's no evidence it will be), then it's going to be a good year. If not, then well, great job, critics.

So happy for Margo Martindale, she deserves every award she's eligible for.

How does a show win that many awards with so few original episodes and a season of so many reruns?

How Kaitlin Olson of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is constantly overlooked for comedy acting awards is ridiculous!! She is hands down the funniest actress on TV, willing to do anything for a laugh.

As soon as the others let themselves get addicted to crack, cover themselves in blood, smash their heads into car doors, sleep in garbage, be covered with sores, rage on roids, hit in the head with a steel chair and any other things she's been asked to do -- in addition to letting herself constantly be the brunt of jokes -- then I will believe the nomination process isn't flawed.

At least Charlie Day got a nod.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is my favourite of the supporting men this year. Too bad.

Great Community, Parks and Rec, The Middle, Raising Hope nods



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