Critics' Choice TV Awards Split Movie/Miniseries Category, Introduce Icon Honor
There will be some changes to this year's Critics' Choice Television Awards, which are presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and will air on broadcast television for the first time.
The fourth annual awards ceremony, which recognizes the best series and performances in the past year, will split the best movie/miniseries award into two separate categories, best movie and best miniseries, a response to the increase in longform programming. The acting categories for movie/miniseries, however, will remain intact and will not be separated. The news comes on the heels of the Television Academy's decision to separate the movie and miniseries categories for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held Monday, Aug. 25.
Additionally, the BTJA announced that it will present the inaugural Louis XIII Genius Award, which is intended to honor a television industry icon.
“There is an abundance of great TV programming, and no one can see it all,” said Joey Berlin, president of BTJA. “We’re proud that, through the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, an organization of professional TV watchers can weigh in to help the public, the industry and Emmy voters identify the shows they don’t want to miss. Heading into our fourth year, we’ve established this show as the kickoff for the television award season, and we’re thrilled we’ll be making our network television debut on The CW this year.”
The Critics' Choice TV Awards will air on Thursday, June 19, at 8 p.m. on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Cedric the Entertainer. Last year's ceremony was live-streamed on Ustream.
Below is the full list of categories:
Best Comedy Series
Best Guest Performer
Best Drama Series
Best Guest Performer
MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Best Movie (New Category)
Best Miniseries (New Category)
BEST TALK SHOW
(Daytime as well as late-night shows are included in this category.)
BEST ANIMATED SERIES
MOST EXCITING NEW SERIES
(Shows premiering after May 31.)