Critics' Choice TV Awards Expand Categories

11:31 AM PST 04/24/2012 by Alex Ben Block
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Group known for its movie awards will present TV awards for the second year on June 18 in Beverly Hills.

The second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, announced Tuesday it is adding six new categories for the event which will take place June 18 at the Beverly Hilton.

The new categories are Best Movie or Mini-series, Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series, Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series and Best Animated Series.

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The BTJA Executive Board includes: Michael Ausiello (TVLine), Joey Berlin (BFCA/BTJA), Debra Birnbaum (TV Guide Magazine), Jenna Busch (Zap2It.com), John De Simio (BFCA/BTJA), Michael Cidoni Lennox (Associated Press Television News) and Sam Rubin (KTLA-TV).  The group has 72 voting members.

The Broadcast Critics Association is best known for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, now in its 18th year, which have become a fairly accurate predictor of how the Oscars will vote. They established the TV awards two years ago. In addition to honoring current shows, they also give awards for promising pilots.

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The Critics’ Choice Television Awards will honor programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012 in the following categories:
 
COMEDY SERIES
•    Best Comedy Series
•    Lead Actor
•    Lead Actress
•    Supporting Actor
•    Supporting Actress
•    Best Guest Performer
 
DRAMA SERIES
•    Best Drama Series
•    Lead Actor
•    Lead Actress
•    Supporting Actor
•    Supporting Actress
•    Best Guest Performer
 
MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
•   Best Movie or Mini-series
•   Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series
•   Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series
 
REALITY SERIES
•    Reality Program
•    Reality-Competition Program
•    Host
 
TALK SHOW
(Daytime as well as late night shows are included in this category.)
 
BEST ANIMATED SERIES
 
MOST EXCITING NEW SERIES
 

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