Seven broadcast and one cable series made the cut in the Most Exciting New Series category at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The category, voted by broadcast journalists who have seen the pilots and any available episodes, recognizes shows premiering after June 1, 2011. Some of the most buzzed-about new series, including NBC’s Smash and Fox’s New Girl and Terra Nova, made the list, while others, including CBS’ Person of Interest and 2 Broke Girls and ABC’s Pan Am, didn’t. Here are the honorees (there will be no winner in the category, with all eight shows acknowledged at the awards show June 20):

Alcatraz – Fox – Warner Bros.
Apartment 23 - ABC – 20th Century Fox
Awake – NBC – 20th Century Fox
Falling Skies – TNT – DreamWorks
New Girl – Fox – 20th Century Fox
Ringer - CW – CBS Studios
Smash - NBC – DreamWorks/Universal Media
Terra Nova – Fox – 20th Century Fox

The nominees in the other categories, recognizing best programs and performances in Drama, Comedy, Reality and Talk Show, were announced Monday. The Critics’ Choice Television Awards luncheon, hosted by Cat Deeley, will be streamed live from the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 20 on VH1.com. It will be telecast on ReelzChannel premiering June 22.

M Smith
3 years
My family loves Alcatraz, Awake, Terra Nova, and Falling Skies. We don't like Smash at all. New...
Boone
3 years
The only great show on the list is "Awake". Alcatraz, Falling Skies and Ringer are dissapointing !...
Duncan
3 years
Anyone who 'buzzed about' New Girl, having seen the pilot, has no business being the the business...