HBO's 'Newsroom', USA's 'Political Animals' Among Critics' Choice Most Exciting New Series Nominees

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The television critics group picks upcoming shows based on viewing pilots to honor along with current series at an awards gala held on June 18.

The second annual Critics' Choice Television Awards will not only honor shows that have aired in the past year but also some of those that have yet to be seen yet. Based on viewing pilots, the critics group chooses five shows as “the most exciting new series honorees.”

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This year’s nominees, announced Tuesday, are The Following (Fox/Warner Bros.), The Mindy Project (Fox/Universal), Nashville (ABC/Lionsgate), The Newsroom (HBO) and Political Animals (USA/Warner Bros.)

“We were once again blown away by the quality and diversity of our most exciting new series honorees,” said Joey Berlin, president of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which puts on the awards.

The Critics' Choice Television Awards take place June 18 in Beverly Hills.