Critics' Choice Television Awards: 'Modern Family' Leads Inaugural Nominations

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"Modern Family"

"Glee," "The Walking Dead," "The Office" and "Game of Thrones" also are among the shows that will compete at the June 20 ceremony, hosted by Cat Deeley.

ABC's Emmy-winning comedy series Modern Family topped the nominations for the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards, announced Monday morning.

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The show, which was named best comedy series at September's Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, was nominated in six Critics' Choice categories, including best comedy series.

It also earned nominations from the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. for cast members Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill (who was snubbed by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and Eric Stonestreet for best supporting actor in a comedy and Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara for best supporting actress in a comedy. (Emmy-nominated Jesse Tyler Ferguson was the only major cast member not nominated; their being nominated in the supporting categories falls in line with their submissions for for the Emmys last year, too.)

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Vying for best comedy honors with Modern Family will be another ABC series, The Middle, along with CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Fox's Glee, FX's Louie and animated Archer and four NBC shows: Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office and 30 Rock.

On the drama side, cable shows dominated the field. AMC has three series in contention: rookies The Killing (still airing its first season) and The Walking Dead along with veteran Mad Men, a three-time best drama Emmy winner. They will compete with HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, Showtime's Dexter, FX's Justified, DirecTV's Friday Night Lights and two broadcast nominees: Fox's Fringe and CBS' The Good Wife.

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Reality shows are split into two categories: competition vs. non-competition. The latter features an eclectic group of nominees: ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, A&E's Hoarders, Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, TLC's Sister Wives and CBS' Undercover Boss.

The competition category includes CBS' The Amazing Race, which has won eight Emmys in the same category; Fox's American Idol; ABC's Dancing With the Stars; Lifetime's Project Runway; Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race; and Bravo's Top Chef, which broke Race's Emmy streak last year.

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey's syndicated show, which aired its finale last month, will vie for best talk show honors with E's Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central's The Daily Show, syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Overall, ABC earned the most nominations of any network, with a total of 16, followed by NBC with 12. AMC and FX led the cable networks, with nine noms apiece.

Meanwhile, submissions are still being accepted for the most exciting new series category.

The ceremony will take place June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, with Cat Deeley hosting, and will air on ReelzChannel at 8 p.m. ET June 22. also will live stream the show June 20. Bob Bain is executive producing.

A complete list of nominees can be found on the next page.


Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire - HBO
Dexter - Showtime
Friday Night Lights - DirecTV
Fringe - FOX
Game of Thrones - HBO
The Good Wife - CBS
Justified - FX
The Killing - AMC
Mad Men - AMC
The Walking Dead - AMC

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire - HBO
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights - DirecTV
Michael C. Hall - Dexter - Showtime
Jon Hamm - Mad Men - AMC
William H. Macy - Shameless - Showtime
Timothy Olyphant - Justified - FX

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton - Friday Night Lights - DirecTV
Mireille Enos - The Killing - AMC
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife - CBS
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men - AMC
Katey Sagal - Sons of Anarchy - FX
Anna Torv - Fringe - FOX

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife - CBS
Walton Goggins - Justified - FX
Shawn Hatosy - Southland - TNT
John Noble - Fringe - FOX
Michael Pitt - Boardwalk Empire - HBO
John Slattery - Mad Men - AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Forbes - The Killing - AMC
Christina Hendricks - Mad Men - AMC
Margo Martindale - Justified - FX
Kelly Macdonald - Boardwalk Empire - HBO
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife - CBS
Chloë Sevigny - Big Love - HBO

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - ABC
Hoarders - A&E
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Bravo
Sister Wives - TLC
Undercover Boss - CBS

Best Reality Series - Competition
The Amazing Race - CBS
American Idol - FOX
Dancing with the Stars - ABC
Project Runway - Lifetime
RuPaul’s Drag Race - Logo
Top Chef - Bravo

Best Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron - Dancing with the Stars - ABC
Cat Deeley - So You Think You Can Dance - FOX
Ty Pennington - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - ABC
Mike Rowe - Dirty Jobs - Discovery
Ryan Seacrest - American Idol - FOX

Best Talk Show
Chelsea Lately - E!
The Daily Show - Comedy Central
The Ellen DeGeneres Show - Warner Bros.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! - ABC
The Oprah Winfrey Show - Harpo

Best Comedy Series 
Archer - FX
The Big Bang Theory - CBS
Community - NBC
Glee - FOX
Louie - FX
The Middle - ABC
Modern Family - ABC
The Office - NBC
Parks and Recreation - NBC
30 Rock - NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock - NBC
Steve Carell - The Office - NBC
Louis C.K. - Louie - FX
Charlie Day - It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia - FX
Joel McHale - Community - NBC
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory - CBS

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox - Cougar Town - ABC
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie - Showtime
Tina Fey - 30 Rock - NBC
Patricia Heaton - The Middle - ABC
Martha Plimpton - Raising Hope - FOX
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation - NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell - Modern Family - ABC
Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother - CBS
Nick Offerman - Parks and Recreation - NBC
Ed O’Neill - Modern Family - ABC
Danny Pudi - Community - NBC
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family - ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen - Modern Family - ABC
Jane Krakowski - 30 Rock - NBC
Jane Lynch - Glee - FOX
Busy Philipps - Cougar Town - ABC
Eden Sher - The Middle - ABC
Sofía Vergara - Modern Family - ABC