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Critics’ Choice Television Nominations: 5 each for Fargo, Big Bang, Good Wife, Masters of Sex, Normal Heart

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the nominees this morning for their 4th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Fargo (FX), The Good Wife (CBS), Masters of Sex (Showtime) and The Normal Heart (HBO) lead all other nominees with five nominations each.

It’s fantastic that Masters of Sex got a little love after not registering with the TCA’s yesterday. I’d be a lot more pissed off about the knee jerk nominations for The Big Bang Theory if they hadn’t also nominated the hilarious Broad City (Comedy Central). Again though, Girls could only manage a Best Guest Performer nod. Did everyone else just see an entirely different season of Girls this year than I did?

Additional love for The Americans (Matthew Rhys of course, but also right on for Keri Russell) and Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black (yes, those are the two drums I’m going to be beating this season. Get used to it).

Also, once again, Mad Men gets kicked to the curb.

Anyway, check out all the nominees after the jump. The awards themselves will be broadcast live (on the East Coast) 6/19 on The CW at 8 pm.

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BEST COMEDY SERIES
• The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Broad City (Comedy Central)
• Louie (FX)
• Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
• Silicon Valley (HBO)
• Veep (HBO)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Louis CK, Louie (FX)
• Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (FOX)
• Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
• Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
• Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones (CBS)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Ilana Glazer, Broad City (Comedy Central)
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
• Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs (ABC)
• Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
• Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
• Emmy Rossum, Shameless (Showtime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
• Keith David, Enlisted (FOX)
• Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
• Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife (ABC)
• Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
• Jeremy Allen White, Shameless (Showtime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
• Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
• Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
• Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
• Sarah Baker, Louie (FX)
• James Earl Jones, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Mimi Kennedy, Mom (CBS)
• Andrew Rannells, Girls (HBO)
• Lauren Weedman, Looking (HBO)

BEST DRAMA SERIES
• The Americans (FX)
• Breaking Bad (AMC)
• Game of Thrones (HBO)
• The Good Wife (CBS)
• Masters of Sex (Showtime)
• True Detective (HBO)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
• Hugh Dancy, Hannibal (NBC)
• Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel (A&E)
• Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO)
• Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
• Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
• Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
• Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
• Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
• Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
• Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)
• Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)
• Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
• Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing (AMC)
• Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
• Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
• Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
• Annet Mahendru, The Americans (FX)
• Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead (AMC)
• Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
• Bellamy Young, Scandal (ABC)

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
• Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
• Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
• Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC)
• Carrie Preston, The Good Wife (CBS)
• Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones (HBO)

BEST MOVIE
• An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
• Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
• Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)
• The Normal Heart (HBO)
• Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
• The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

BEST MINI-SERIES
• American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
• Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)
• Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
• Fargo (FX)
• The Hollow Crown (PBS)
• Luther (BBC America)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• David Bradley, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
• Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
• Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
• Martin Freeman, Fargo (FX)
• Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)
• Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
• Minnie Driver, Return to Zero (Lifetime)
• Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short (Lifetime)
• Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)
• Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
• Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (HBO)
• Warren Brown, Luther (BBC America)
• Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
• Colin Hanks, Fargo (FX)
• Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart (HBO)
• Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
• Amanda Abbington, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
• Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
• Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)
• Jessica Raine, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
• Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart (HBO)
• Allison Tolman, Fargo (FX)

BEST REALITY SERIES
• Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX/National Geographic Channel)
• Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
• Duck Dynasty (A&E)
• Mythbusters (Discovery)
• Top Gear (BBC America)
• Undercover Boss (CBS)

BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION
• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• Project Runway (Lifetime)
• Shark Tank (ABC)
• Survivor (CBS)
• Top Chef (Bravo)
• The Voice (NBC)

BEST REALITY HOST
• Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
• Carson Daly, The Voice (NBC)
• Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
• Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef (FOX)
• RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)
• Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX/National Geographic Channel)

BEST TALK SHOW
• Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
• The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Time Telepictures)
• The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
• The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
• Conan (TBS)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
• Archer (FX)
• Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
• The Simpsons (FOX)
• Family Guy (FOX)
• Phineas and Ferb (Disney XD)
• Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

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9 Comments

  1. Clarence
    May 28, 2014

    Overall, I’m OK with this list, and I hope the Emmys closely resemble it with some adjustments. Here’s a few knee-jerk reactions hastily banged out.

    The GREAT:
    – Adam Scott
    – Uzo Aduba
    – Veep love
    – Freddie Highmore / Vera Farmiga
    – Robin Wright
    – Melissa McBride !!!!!!!
    – Kathy Bates

    WTF:
    – No Girls nom
    – No House of Cards nom or Kevin Spacey
    – No Peter Dinklage !!!!
    – All this love for Silicon Valley???
    – No Reid Scott or Anna Chlumsky from Veep?

    Plus, no Heather Lind (I’ll keep banging that drum alone in the dark). Maybe I’m not so happy with this list…

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  2. Craig Kennedy
    May 28, 2014

    I checked out of Silicon Valley 10 minutes into the first episode so I can’t really judge it. I know it has fans. At least they’re being open to new stuff.

    The Dinklage snub is a bit of a mystery, but then he’s only been nominated by these people once in 2012.

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  3. Craig Kennedy
    May 28, 2014

    Also, as glad I am that Broad City got recognized and as much as I like Ilana Glazer in it, Abbi Jacobson deserves as much credit. But just like Harrelson in True Detective, she’s getting overlooked for playing “the normal one”

    Watching just a few episodes of Fallon, his nomination bugs the shit out of me. I don’t understand his popularity, though in the end I can’t really argue it isn’t real. It’s a show for infants who should’ve been in bed by 9:30

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  4. Clarence
    May 28, 2014

    I have vaguely heard of Broad City, but I haven’t seen it. It’s funny how the Critic’s Choice group seems to go for the bright shiny new object while the Emmy’s seem to vote the same people every year (Modern Family). I wonder, though, if the lack of presence for Modern Family, Girls, and Mad Men in the early precursors (if you could call these precursors) indicates a change coming Emmy time.

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  5. Joel
    May 28, 2014

    It’s still hard for the majors to recognize genre shows, no matter how good they are. Deadwood was seen as a Western, Game of Thrones is seen as Fantasy, Orphan Black (like Battlestar Gallactica and X-files before it) are sci-fi.

    I’m actually surprised Dinklage got the awards and noms he did for his past work on Game of Thrones.

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  6. Clarence
    May 28, 2014

    He will be nominated at the Emmys. Especially after his trial outburst. I was surprised they nominated Emilia Clarke last year. That’s a sign, to me, that it has somewhat overcome the Fantasy stink.

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  7. Craig Kennedy
    May 28, 2014

    Broad City languishes on Comedy Central, but it was a refreshing feminine take on the slob comedy. The two leads are a collective hot mess and pretty damn funny.

    In my opinion anyway. Comedy is subjective after all.

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  8. Robin Write
    May 30, 2014

    The wife and I now have a monstrously exciting Still-To-Watch list including:

    Orange Is the New Black
    True Detective
    Orphan Black
    Luther
    Fargo

    Impressed they nominated Melissa McBride and Benedict Cumberbatch, not so much with Mom.

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