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'True Detective,' 'Americans,' 'Orange Is The New Black' Among Eclectic TV Critics' Choice Noms: No 'Mad Men'?

by Ryan Lattanzio
May 28, 2014 12:58 PM
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Orange Is the New Black

As expected, voters in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominated their golden children -- including "Louie," "Breaking Bad," "Veep" and "The Big Bang Theory" -- while also making room for surprising newcomers. Just as voters in the TV Critics Association did yesterday. (Here are the TCA nominations; read the Critics' Choice picks below.)

In terms of nominations, new series "Orange Is The New Black," "Masters of Sex" and "Silicon Valley" fared very well in their respective categories." Netflix, in total, picked up five nominations, but FX (at 19) and HBO (18) are leading the pack for what was undoubtedly a watershed year in television.

The drama category made way for HBO's darkly gripping murder mystery and Best Drama nominee "True Detective," with Matthew McConaughey in contention for Best Actor against Bryan Cranston's untouchable performance in "Breaking Bad." AMC's beloved drama was nominated in four categories for its final season -- a top pick for the Emmys, which unveils nominees July 10.

On the comedy side, CBS' long-running "Big Bang Theory" tallied the most noms. But critics have invited Comedy Central's puckish feminist comedy "Broad City" into the pantheon, as well as HBO's newbie "Silicon Valley." Surprisingly, however, only one nomination for HBO's "Girls": for the hilarious Andrew Rannells, who demonstrates serious comic chops as Hannah Horvath's gay ex-boyfriend.

But as we first learned yesterday, and now today, "Mad Men" fatigue is real. Though AMC racked up six nominations in total for its dramas, TV critics otherwise shunned the 60s drama that essentially created the golden age of TV. There were no mentions for "Mad Men" in the TCA Award nominations, either. The snub has got to sting for Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm and company, who just capped a well-reviewed Season Seven part one.

Notably, critics took to Ryan Murphy's AIDS opera "The Normal Heart," which aired Sunday on HBO and now has five Critics' Choice noms under its belt including Best Miniseries.

The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards will broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, June 19. Cedric the Entertainer will host.

Nominees after the jump:


  • ALP | May 31, 2014 11:13 PMReply

    I'm sure Mad Men will suffer a bit for "splitting" (re: "shortening") the season.

  • Thomas | May 29, 2014 6:48 PMReply

    Mad Men was not included only because it was too late to count. It's midseason finale had not aired yet by the time the ballots were due for the nominations.

  • Person | May 29, 2014 5:22 PMReply

    True Detective is just too great. Shame about that Mad Men snub. I'm sure they'll get their due next year.

  • az | May 29, 2014 10:02 AMReply

    I know it's been talked to death already but absolutely no reason AHS & Fargo should be judged as mini series and not True Detective. Better ground rules are needed, surely if you're an intended long running series then you shouldn't be counted as a mini series but a drama serial.

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