Critics’ Choice Television Award Nominations Led by HBO with 21, Surprising Omissions

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by Anne Thompson
May 22, 2013 1:15 PM
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Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan in "Top of the Lake"

Nominations are in for the third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, which will be held the evening of Monday, June 10, 2013 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) nominates and votes for the awards. For the first time the show, hosted by "Parks and Recreation" star Retta, will be webcast live on UStream.

"Game of Thrones" Season Three

It's not surprising that usual critics' fave HBO dominated the networks in nominations with 21, but FX came on strong with 19.  "American Horror Story: Asylum" (FX) and "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) led the field with six nominations each, followed by "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) and "Top of the Lake" (Sundance) with five each, and "The Americans" (FX), "Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Game of Thrones" (HBO), "The Good Wife" (CBS), "Louie" (FX), "New Girl" (FOX) and "Political Animals" (USA) with four each.

Steven Soderbergh is having a good week as his well-reviewed Cannes competition film "Behind the Candelabra" landed a nom as best movie, along with best actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

Shocking omissions include Best Drama Series, "Newsroom" and "Mad Men" (only Elizabeth Moss was nominated as best actress drama, along with best actress for mini-series "Top of the Lake") and Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") as best actor drama. And on the comedy side, the much-lauded "Girls" was neither nominated as Best Comedy nor was the final season of "30 Rock."

Full list of nominations is below:

BEST COMEDY SERIES
•       The Big Bang Theory – CBS
•       Louie – FX
•       The Middle – ABC
•       New Girl – FOX
•       Parks and Recreation – NBC
•       Veep – HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
•       Don Cheadle (House of Lies) – Showtime
•       Louis C.K. (Louie) – FX
•       Jake Johnson (New Girl) – FOX
•       Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
•       Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
•       Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) – ABC

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
•       Laura Dern (Enlightened) – HBO
•       Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) – FOX
•       Lena Dunham (Girls) – HBO
•       Sutton Foster (Bunheads) – ABC Family
•       Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – HBO
•       Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
•       Max Greenfield (New Girl) – FOX
•       Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) - CBS
•       Alex Karpovsky (Girls) – HBO
•       Adam Pally (Happy Endings) – ABC
•       Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
•       Danny Pudi (Community) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
•       Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) – ABC
•       Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
•       Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) – ABC
•       Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
•       Eden Sher (The Middle) – ABC
•       Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) – ABC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
•       Melissa Leo (Louie) – FX
•       David Lynch (Louie) – FX
•       Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
•       Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
•       Molly Shannon (Enlightened) – HBO
•       Patrick Wilson (Girls) – HBO

BEST DRAMA SERIES
•       The Americans – FX
•       Breaking Bad – AMC
•       Downton Abbey – PBS
•       Game of Thrones – HBO
•       The Good Wife – CBS
•       Homeland – Showtime

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1 Comment

  • bilko | May 22, 2013 11:24 PMReply

    Really? News Room isn't even worth to be on TV, much less garner awards. One of the final episodes of the season starts with an argument while the men talk about the movie RUDY. They talk about how there isn't a dry male eye in the house when they put their jerseys on the Coach's desk and say, "Let Rudy play for me." Sorkin is so out of touch he doesn't even know the movie he parodies as that is not the place in the movie which touches men. It's when RUDY, after a four year struggle, plays ONE play. THAT'S when the men cry. Sorkin-script = Emporor's new clothes.

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