HBO, FX Lead Critics' Choice TV Awards — But Where Are 'Mad Men', 'Modern Family'?

Last year, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association might have helped fuel Homeland‘s surprise Emmy win by awarding its top drama prize to the then-rookie Showtime series. But with today’s announcement of nominees for its 3rd annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards, the group might make more noise with what it spurned than what it honored. HBO and FX lead the network tally with 21 and 19 noms, respectively, and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s American Horror Story each drew six to top all programs. However, a look at the Best Comedy and Best Drama races reveal some surprising omissions. Missing from the BJTA’s comedy series hopefuls are three-time defending Emmy champ Modern Family (supporting actress Sarah Hyland is the show’s lone nominee), along with recently wrapped perennial 30 Rock and, perhaps most glaringly, HBO’s hipster darling Girls. And conspicuously absent from the drama series combatants is four-time Emmy winner Mad Men, which also earned only a single nom, for lead actress Elizabeth Moss.

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Instead, vying for the Critics’ Choice Award for best drama are Homeland, HBO’s Game Of Thrones, PBS’ Downtown Abbey, CBS’ The Good Wife and AMC’s Breaking Bad — all of which also were nominated in the category last year — along with FX’s freshman The Americans. Up for best comedy are Modern Family‘s Wednesday night companion The Middle, landing its first major awards recognition, as well as Big Bang Theory, FX’s Louie, Fox’s New Girl, NBC’s Parks and Recreation and HBO Veep. (No sign of last year’s winner Community, led by new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio.) Netflix’s House Of Cards made an entrance into the awards circles with two acting noms, including one for star Kevin Spacey.

The awards will be handed out June 10 at the Beverly Hilton — not coincidentally during Emmy voting season. Parks and Rec‘s Retta will host. See the complete list of nominees, along with the breakdown of noms by show and network, after the jump:BEST COMEDY SERIES
• The Big Bang Theory – CBS
• Louie – FX
• The Middle – ABC
• New Girl – FOX
• Parks and Recreation – NBC
• Veep – HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Don Cheadle (House of Lies) – Showtime
• Louis C.K. (Louie) – FX
• Jake Johnson (New Girl) – FOX
• Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) – ABC

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Laura Dern (Enlightened) – HBO
• Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) – FOX
• Lena Dunham (Girls) – HBO
• Sutton Foster (Bunheads) – ABC Family
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – HBO
• Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Max Greenfield (New Girl) – FOX
• Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Alex Karpovsky (Girls) – HBO
• Adam Pally (Happy Endings) – ABC
• Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Danny Pudi (Community) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
• Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) – ABC
• Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) – ABC
• Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Eden Sher (The Middle) – ABC
• Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) – ABC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Melissa Leo (Louie) – FX
• David Lynch (Louie) – FX
• Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Molly Shannon (Enlightened) – HBO
• Patrick Wilson (Girls) – HBO

BEST DRAMA SERIES
• The Americans – FX
• Breaking Bad – AMC
• Downton Abbey – PBS
• Game of Thrones – HBO
• The Good Wife – CBS
• Homeland – Showtime

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Damian Lewis (Homeland) – Showtime
• Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) – AMC
• Timothy Olyphant (Justified) – FX
• Matthew Rhys (The Americans) – FX
• Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) – Netflix

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Claire Danes (Homeland) – Showtime
• Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) – A&E
• Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – BBC America
• Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) – AMC
• Keri Russell (The Americans) – FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Michael Cudlitz (Southland) – TNT
• Noah Emmerich (The Americans) – FX
• Walton Goggins (Justified) – FX
• Corey Stoll (House of Cards) – Netflix
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) – Showtime
• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Regina King (Southland) – TNT
• Monica Potter (Parenthood) – NBC
• Abigail Spencer (Rectify) – Sundance

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Jim Beaver (Justified) – FX
• Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) – HBO
• Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy) – FX

BEST MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• American Horror Story: Asylum – FX
• Behind the Candelabra – HBO
• The Crimson Petal and the White – Encore
• The Hour – BBC America
• Political Animals – USA
• Top of the Lake – Sundance

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade’s End) – HBO
• Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
• Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
• Toby Jones (The Girl) – HBO
• Al Pacino (Phil Spector) – HBO
• Dominic West (The Hour) – BBC America

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta) – Lifetime
• Romola Garai (The Hour) – BBC America
• Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End) – HBO
• Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) – USA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Sebastian Stan (Political Animals) – USA
• David Wenham (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake) – Sundance

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals) – USA
• Sienna Miller (The Girl) – HBO
• Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Lily Rabe (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Imelda Staunton (The Girl) – HBO
• Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias) – Lifetime

BEST REALITY SERIES
• Duck Dynasty – A&E
• The Moment – USA
• Pawn Stars – History Channel
• Push Girls – Sundance
• Small Town Security – AMC
• Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan – BBC America

BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION
• Chopped – Food Network
• Face Off – Syfy
• Shark Tank – ABC
• So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
• Survivor – CBS
• The Voice – NBC
BEST REALITY HOST
• Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) – ABC
• Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) – FOX
• Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef) – FOX
• RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race) – Logo
• Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) – FOX
• Kurt Warner (The Moment) – USA
BEST TALK SHOW
• Conan – TBS
• The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
• The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Brothers Television Distribution
• Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
• Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC
• Marie – Hallmark Channel

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
• Adventure Time – Cartoon Network
• Archer – FX
• Phineas and Ferb – Disney Channel
• Regular Show – Cartoon Network
• The Simpsons – FOX
• Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network

NOMINATIONS BY NETWORKS, CHANNELS & DISTRIBUTORS
HBO – 21
FX – 19
CBS – 11
ABC – 10
FOX – 9
NBC – 9
AMC – 7
Sundance – 7
USA – 6
BBC America – 5
Showtime – 5
Cartoon Network – 3
A&E – 2
Lifetime – 2
Netflix – 2
TNT – 2
ABC Family – 1
Comedy Central – 1
Disney Channel – 1
Encore – 1
Food Network – 1
History Channel – 1
Logo – 1
PBS – 1
Syfy – 1
TBS – 1
Warner Brothers Television Distribution – 1

NOMINATIONS BY SHOWS
American Horror Story: Asylum – FX – 6
The Big Bang Theory – CBS – 6
Parks and Recreation – NBC – 5
Top of the Lake – Sundance – 5
The Americans – FX – 4
Breaking Bad – AMC – 4
Game of Thrones – HBO – 4
The Good Wife – CBS – 4
Louie – FX – 4
New Girl – FOX – 4
Political Animals – USA – 4
Behind the Candelabra – HBO – 3
The Girl – HBO – 3
Girls – HBO – 3
Homeland – Showtime – 3
The Hour – BBC America – 3
Justified – FX – 3
Enlightened – HBO – 2
Happy Endings – ABC – 2
House of Cards – Netflix – 2
The Middle – ABC – 2
The Moment – USA – 2
Parade’s End – HBO – 2
Southland – TNT – 2
So You Think You Can Dance – ABC – 2
Suburgatory – ABC – 2
Veep – HBO – 2
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network – 1
American Idol – FOX – 1
Archer – FX – 1
Bates Motel – A&E – 1
Betty & Coretta – Lifetime – 1
Bunheads – ABC Family – 1
Chopped – Food Network – 1
Community – NBC – 1
Conan – TBS – 1
The Crimson Petal and the White – Encore – 1
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central – 1
Dancing With the Stars – ABC – 1
Dexter – Showtime – 1
Downton Abbey – PBS – 1
Duck Dynasty – A&E – 1
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Brothers Television Distribution – 1
Face Off – Syfy – 1
Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef – FOX – 1
House of Lies – Showtime – 1
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC – 1
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC – 1
Mad Men – AMC – 1
Marie – Hallmark Channel – 1
Modern Family – ABC – 1
The Newsroom – HBO – 1
Orphan Black – BBC America – 1
Parenthood – NBC – 1
Phil Spector – HBO – 1
Pawn Stars – History Channel – 1
Push Girls – Sundance – 1
Rectify – Sundance – 1
Regular Show – Cartoon Network – 1
RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo – 1
Phineas and Ferb – Disney Channel – 1
Shark Tank – ABC – 1
The Simpsons – FOX – 1
Small Town Security – AMC – 1
Sons of Anarchy – FX – 1
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network – 1
Steel Magnolias – Lifetime – 1
Survivor – CBS – 1
The Voice – NBC – 1
The Walking Dead – AMC – 1
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan – BBC America – 1

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    1. Hilarious that an actress from Orphan Black gets a nom but not Kerry Washington. Irony

      1. Have you seen the series? Maslany is phenomenal in it, plays 5-6 characters at once, as well as these characters trying to impersonate other characters. It is great (though the plot is sometimes a bit uneven), she well deserves a nomination.

  1. I know there was never a chance in hell for these awards (or the emmys) but you know who did some excellent work this year? Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary. I went into that thinking it was going to be awful, another CBS procedural, but it really is excellent. He really is great in that role.

    Anyway…..also nice to see The Middle and Jake Johnson from New Girl getting some kudos.

    1. Applause for Elizabeth and her excellent good taste.

      Jonny Lee Miller deserves an award for his work this year in Elementary. Without Miller there would be no second season for the show.

  2. I thought the critics were the ones who complained the most when Mandy Patinkin was snubbed of an Emmy nomination, and then they snub him for this?

  3. After reading tv predictions from last fall re U.S. television shows and how the AUDIENCES actually decided what is worthwhile, I honestly regard the Critics’ Choice awards as crap.

    1. These are the tvbloggers that follow everything that tvguides Damian Holbrook tells them to like.

      But the proof is here that if you play types in a series on BBC America, you get your credit at once, see OrphanBlack,
      But if you play multiple versions of the same character over a long period of time in Fringe on a network, not so much.

      Anna Torv in Fringe got her nom after season 3, but not her win, season 4 she even played more difficult double, nothing.
      Season 5 , nothing.

      Maybe Holbrook and co like to explain????

  4. With Modern Family out of the mix, maybe Big Bang Theory can finally squeeze in a best comedy award. Glad to see four BBT cast members and Bob Newhart’s guest appearance nominated as well.

  5. Only one nomination for SONS OF ANARCHY? Such a great season…would have thought that a BEST DRAMA nom is in order. Very happy for Andrew Lincoln/TWD and Keri Russell/The Americans – again, two shows that deserve more recognition.

    1. I know so many people love it, but the truth is the writing on the show is absolutely atrocious.

  6. How on earth could Nick Offerman be overlooked for his work on Parks and Rec this season? I hope Emmy voters finally get a clue. If he finishes his run on the show without a nomination, I just…I don’t know.

    The fact that we’re talking about nominations when he should have won it outright several times is bothersome.

  7. “Where are Mad Men and Modern Family?”

    Still here, but fallen off in quality. If the CC want to be the rare TV award that doesn’t fill out their ballots based on the previous year’s ballots, more power to ‘em.

  8. The Walking Dead deserved many more Noms than just ONE! It’s one of the most Unique shows on TV right now, and I almost think it gets “snubbed” because it’s “Not like ALL the other “Similarily Themed” shows that are on.Talk about boring! Congrats to Andrew Linciln however! Well deserved! :)

  9. Love all the nominations for The Americans. Congrats on a job very well done.

    Why is American Horror Story still putting on the pretense of being a miniseries? This is category abuse. Miniserieses do not get renewed.

    1. The Americans is simply fantastic. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys show such versatility and depth when portraying their characters and absolutely deserve these nominations. Was also very impressed with the writing and overall arc of the season–strong, consistent episodes without any “filler” like happens on some shows. Well done, Americans!

  10. Seriously? Marie for Best Talk Show?

    Craig Ferguson’s show is always not on the list and the show has won a Peabody award.

  11. Where is Laura Linney for The Big C? That is an insane omission if you saw her work on this season…

  12. In what kind of world was Sienna Miller supporting in “The Girl”? She was title character! She had as much screentime as Toby Jones. I call it category fraud. She’s the best of the bunch so I hope she’s gonna nab that silly award (even though it’s category fraud). God knows she deserves it. I also keep my fingers crossed for Regina King and Michael Kudlitz. Two the best dramatic actors on TV right now. Their work in “Southland” is absolutely riveting.

  13. Mostly pretty good choices. I am particularly pleased about the noms for the Southland actors, both of whom have done excellent work over the course of the show; the noms for The Americans, another excellent FX show; and for La Rigg, who’s been a huge highlight of Game of Thrones this season.

  14. Congratulations to the amazing cast of THE AMERICANS, and the creators and producers, for their well-earned nominations!

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich… it doesn’t get better than that!

    FX is showing the “big” networks how it’s done!

    1. So agree with this. The Americans was solid all season long and Keri, Matthew and Noah delivered great performances week after week. They deserve recognition and praise. Can’t wait for the next season!

  15. Good for Tatiana Maslany and her nomination.

    She’s the only actress who steals scenes from herself every week. “Orphan Black” is worth watching just for how she is able to play multiple characters who are all layered.

    Hopefully she’ll get a Globe or an Emmy nom, but that’s doubtful for this kind of a show.

    1. You cannot play multiple characters and layered in a series that is 10 episodes, that is called doing types, caricatures.

      Multilayered is something that grows and evolves over a long period, several seasons.

      Anna Torv on Fringe did play multiple characters, versions of a character over a long period , several seasons, and on top mix them and play them double.
      And older versions of them as well.

      But Emmy and Golden Globe did not give her the nominations and win she deserved,
      better give it to boring stereotypes who have the typical crying scene.

      1. Ana Torv did nothing spectacular in Fringe, in fact I found her performance rather bland, even after they introduced the “alternative” versions. Maslany, on the other hand, has been amasing all the way from episode 1 in Orphan Black.

  16. Love the list! I’m glad “Girls” was ignored. I don’t understand the “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” snubs. I’m so excited to finally see love for the underrated, sweet family comedy, “The Middle,” and the funniest two shows and ensembles on TV in “Parks and Rec” and “Happy Endings.”

  17. Congratulations to Carly Chaikin of Suburgatory.

    I hope she wins, then moves on to a show with better writing. What the writers did to her hilarious Dalia character near the end of the season was awful.

  18. Congratulations to The Americans – More nods form GOT – GREAT .And to Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black . But where is Laura Linney ? The group of comedies is a joke- most of them aren’t funny. They’re painful

  19. These are cool. Adam Pally and Casey Wilson? Hopefully USA decides to pick up this fantastic gem of a show.

    Carly Chaikin is brilliant on Suburgatory. Great to see her nominated.

    Vera Farmiga is amazing on Bates Motel. Also nice to see Bunheads get some attention for Sutton Foster (come on ABC Family and renew this!!!!!).

    Plenty to love here.

  20. Happy to see the noms for Keri, Matthew and Noah on the Americans. Great show that delivered solid writing and performances every week.

  21. It’s great to see Michael Cudlitz finally getting some recognition for his outstanding performance in SouthLAnd! He pushed his character, Officer John Cooper, to the very limit (and then some) this season. Well deserved!

  22. I didn’t expect them to nominate him, but Jonny Lee Miller was absolutely phenomenal this year. I’ve sworn off award shows because of the political, bureaucratic, self-serving, snobfests they are, but it would still be nice if they could look past a network, look past a structure, and reward actual talent without unspoken rules.

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