Critics' Choice Television Awards: Yet Another Awards Show Arrives to Fete TV
Emmys need not worry about the Critics' Choice Television Awards, but some creative nominations do arise.
9:00 AM 6/6/2011 by Tim Goodman
If you’re thinking that what the world needs now is another awards show, then perhaps you’re a member of the newly formed Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which whipped itself together recently and decided to hold an awards show this month to get a jump on a slightly bigger gathering called the Emmys.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is an off-shoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and centers mostly on “those who regularly cover television for TV viewers,” meaning these are people you see on TV fawning over – or maybe that’s called covering – people who are on television series. People covering television shows on television don’t seem to do much serious criticism, but the group did decide to add some people who cover television online and, in a nice coup, also got respected critic Matt Roush from TV Guide Magazine.
The new group’s nominees, announced today, show some progressively clever improvements over traditional Emmy nominees but also a few stupefying decisions and omissions.
The group has 10 nominees in both the best drama and best comedy category, something the Emmys should seriously consider. There are six nominees in the acting categories, three reality categories (series, competition, host) a “talk show” category that includes daytime entrees, no writing or directing categories and no movies, miniseries, specials or documentaries.
So at least it should be a lot shorter than the Emmys.
The 10 best drama nominees are Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Fringe, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Justified, The Killing, Mad Men and The Walking Dead.That’s a pretty strong list if you’re nominating 10 and, despite the egregious omission of Treme, plus the worthy trio of Men Of A Certain Age, Lights Outand Southland, there’s not much to quibble with.
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Use the link to see all the nominations:Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominations