The Critics' Choice Television Awards Are Announced
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
And they're actually pretty good.

Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year's nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right.

The awards, given out by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, celebrate the supposed best in television, broken down into drama, comedy, reality and talk show categories. While several of the awards-show standards had strong representation, there are a few surprises too.

Along with the multiple nominations for favorites like Modern Family (six nominations), 30 Rock (four nominations) and Mad Men (five nominations), there is plenty of diversity. New shows like Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Killing and Louie are there. A few older and more obscure shows like Justified (four nominations), Southland, Archer and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia made it onto the nomination list as well. Even Community and Fringe got some love (with three nominations apiece)!

What does this mean for the various shows' award chances? We might actually get to see shows like Justified, Fringe and Louie win awards. Which would be neat. Alternatively, the impressive nominations list may just be because the Critics Choice Television Awards nominate in high numbers. With ten dramas and ten comedies in the running for their respective top prizes -- along with six actors in each of the categories -- these nominations can afford to be a bit liberal. When it comes time for the actual winners, we may just get the same winners as we always do.

Besides, the Critics Choice people nominated The Office too, so my enthusiasm is probably overly optimistic.

The Critics Choice Television Awards will be given out on June 20.

The full listing of award nominees are:

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The Killing
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Anna Torv (Fringe)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)

Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
The Middle
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

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

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courtney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O'Neil (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Commmunity)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sophia Vergara (Modern Family)

Best Talk Show
Chelsea Lately
The Daily Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Oprah Winfrey Show

Best Reality Series (Non-Competition)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Sister Wives
Undercover Boss

Best Reality Series (Competition)
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef

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

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