The Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the newly launched offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, has set the categories and voting procedures for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Like BFCA, BTJA is comprised mainly of journalists working in electronic media, in this case covering television. The Critics’ Choice TV Awards, which will be presented June 20 at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will also mirror the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which are going into their 17th year and televised live on VH1.

What separates the Critics’ Choice Television Awards from most mainstream TV awards shows is the Most Exciting New Series category for summer and fall 2011 series — it will be judged based on pilots and/or early episodes. It is open to both scripted and unscripted shows. For the other categories, the new awards show is using the same period of eligibility as the TV Academy does for the Emmys: June 1, 2010-May 31, 2011. The categories, skewed heavily toward talent in front of the camera, are:

COMEDY SERIES

  • Lead Actor
  • Lead Actress
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • Show

DRAMA SERIES

  • Lead Actor
  • Lead Actress
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • Show

REALITY SERIES

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Detroit 1-8-7 and Michael Imperioli FTW!
Will
4 years
This is an okay idea but they need a better name for the award. The Critics' Choice...
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Timothy Olyphant, Walter Goggins deserve nominationa for acting!! Graham Yost for executive producing.

  • Reality Program
  • Reality-Competition Program
  • Host

TALK SHOW

Open to both daytime and late night shows.

More categories are expected to be added in following years. For now, the plan for the June 20 luncheon is to be non-televised, but there have been preliminary discussions about possibly airing the show on broadcast or cable or streaming it online, said Joey Berlin, acting president of BTJA. As for taking a jump on the Emmys by holding the event in June, four days before the Emmy nominating ballots are due and three months before the Emmy ceremony, that was also taking a page from BFCA’s playbook. “We’d like to think it’s appropriate for the critics and TV journalists to weigh in at the beginning of the TV awards season, performing a similar function as the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards do in the movie awards season,” Berlin said. “The Academy members are busy making TV shows, so it is nice for the industry if the critics help focus the attention on the best TV programming. We think it is a useful timing.”

The nominations for the new awards will be determined by three nominating committees – Comedy, Drama or Reality. The Critics’ Choice TV Awards nominees in all but the new series category will be announced June 6. The winners (the exact number is TBD) for Most Exciting New Series will be announced June 9, while final voting in the other categories — which will be done by the entire BTJA membership — will take place June 14-16. The selected new series will be honored at the June 20 awards ceremony, where the winners in the remaining categories will be revealed.