Mad Men, Fringe, Good Wife, Modern Family, Community, Justified Lead Critics Choice Kudos

In what hopefully will turn out to be a harbinger of the 2011 Emmys, the nominations for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced this morning, and a handful of acclaimed yet heretofore kudos-deprived series were at last singled out. ABC’s red-hot Modern Family received the most nods of any program (six), followed by fellow awards magnet Mad Men. But about those breakthrough shows…

FX’s Justified scored an impressive four noms, including best drama, best actor for Timothy Olyphant, best supporting actress for Margo Martindale and best supporting actor for Walton Goggins. CBS’ The Good Wife and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire also snagged four nods apiece. AMC rookie The Killing fared well with three nominations, tying with Fox’s Fringe, which saw leading lady Anna Torv and the long-overlooked John Noble make the list of contenders.

Two NBC comedy upstarts, Community and Parks and Recreation, walked off with three nods apiece, including best comedy series and plaudits for their respective leads, Joel McHale and Amy Poehler. They’ll compete with fellow Thursday-night companions 30 Rock and The Office.

ABC’s Wednesday comedy block also got a nice boost with The Middle and Cougar Town nabbing a combined five nods, including lead actress for Patricia Heaton and Courteney Cox and supporting actress for Eden Shur and Busy Philipps.

The complete list of nominations are below. The first CCT Awards (selected by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, of which yours truly is a member), are scheduled to be handed out on June 20 in Los Angeles and will air two days later on ReelzChannel at 8/7c. Additionally, the ceremony will be live streamed on

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

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

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)

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)

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

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
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Sister Wives
Undercover Boss

The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef

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)

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

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  1. Tristan says:

    What a awesome list of nominations.

    This is what you get when the voters actually watch the shows for more then an episode.

  2. J3B says:

    Fringe? ROFL. Are these awards similar with the Razzies? Because that’s the only way crap like Fringe would be nominated.

  3. George says:


  4. Marcus says:

    Jane Krakowski for the win!!!!!!!

    Also I’m super pumped that Chelsea Lately and Parks & Rec got some noms!

  5. Amber says:

    Don’t we get a poll on who we think should win?

    VERY happy to see Charlie Day get some love as he was woefully omitted from the tvline polls for the emmys. Also pretty happy to see Justified get some love. Those drama nominees…man, I could not pick a winner out of that group of worthy contendors. Mad Men had its best season yet, FNL was excellent, as always, Justified, my fav show on TV, Dexter is always very good, even The Walking Dead impressed me. Though with only 6 eps in its season, I could happily see the award go to someone who had to put a lot more episodes out there.

  6. Buxib says:

    At LAST John Noble is getting some damn recognition, its criminal that its taken this long.

  7. Chelle says:

    So sad to see Bones not nominated for anything again…While I will be the first to say Season 6 pretty much sucked, until the end, the acting in the shows this season were amazing! Emily and David both put their characters out there this year and did an amazing job!

  8. Yo Mama says:

    I think that it is unfortunate that Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are just being recognized for their work in FNL now. While both have turned in consistently solid performances over the last 5 years, I don’t think that their performances in the last 2 seasons are strong enough to win out over the other heavy hitters in the best actor/actress categories. This year really belongs to Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss for Mad Men. Season 4 was the crown jewel in an already brilliant series, and “The Suitcase” was the single best hour of television I have ever seen, ever. All of the nominees in the best actor/actress categories deserve the nods. Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss deserve the wins.

  9. Monica says:

    This is much better than the usual Emmy award nominations! So good to see Friday Night Lights, Justified and Southland get some much deserved love!!!! Also happy to see The Good Wife!! The only complaint I have is no Parenthood!!

  10. Ed says:

    JUSTIFIED! The most awesome series on television. Best acting and best writing, hands down. Way to go, Justified!

  11. MorbidPet says:

    In Plain Sight should be nominated, and Mary McCormack as best actress.
    Other than that happy to see the Middle in there, and Modern Family. I’m missing lovely Kyra and the Closer though.

  12. Ram510 says:

    Happy for Cougar Town hopefully ABC will start to appreciate the show more.

    Also happy for Charlie Day from Always Sunny, Archer, Southland and Community.

    I’m confused that Louie and Raising Hope are nominated. Louie was disgusting and Raising Hope just isn’t good enough for an Emmy

  13. MJ says:

    It seems that the CCT voters have a lot of a better taste in tv than emmy voters. It’s so nice to see shows and actors that are generally snub by the emmys in here like fringe, community, parks and rec, justified. A lot of excellent picks.
    Makes me wish this awards had existed before, maybe some other very deserving shows that were snub by the emmys had won something, like The wire or Battlestar galactica.

  14. DennyS says:

    Amazing list! Finally something that is largely… Justified(pardon the pun). I still see a few snubs (but we can’t just nominate EVERYONE can we)like Donald Glover for Community etc but it’s a great great list. Justified was so good this season and so was TGW and many of these shows. And finally, Cat Deeley didn’t get snubbed! She’s been deserving for every friggin season she’s been on SYTYCD. Speaking of SYTYCD, i suppose that’s also one of the more egregious snubs for the reality competition category. How is that not included but project runway, AI, and RP’s drag race is?

  15. Lily says:

    Overall a very good selection. Too bad Baranksi on The Good Wife was omitted but besides that, I don’t see any glaring snubs.
    Only… Ana Torv? Seriously? She can’t act her way out of a paper bag. Seeing her among the other brilliant nominees is a little disheartening. They obviously needed to throw in a little sci-fi because the Emmys just won’t but Noble would have been enough. Torv is ridiculous.

    • Amy says:

      Obviously you don’t watch “Fringe,” which is why your opinion is so ill-informed. Anna Torv played three characters this year with incredible precision, subtlety and brilliance. Also, if you think any critical organization bends over backwards to honor scifi just because …. you must be from the other universe.

    • Aimee says:

      Yup, you must be one of those people that misunderstood Olivia’s initial character and proclaimed Torv “wooden” because she played Olivia as she written was at that time in first season.

      The character of Olivia, and Torv’s acting skills have grown immensely. This season, she played a variety of character variations so well, that fans can see a still and know exactly which character is featured. She played Olivia, alternate Olivia, Olivia thinking she was the alternate, Olivia pretending to be the alternate, the alternate pretending to be Olivia, Olivia in 2026, and she did an awesome imitation of Leonard Nimoy when the character William Bell possessed her body.

      She’s amazing, and your closed mind is missing out.

  16. Rande says:

    I cannot believe Emmy Rossum got snubbed for Shameless. How can you nominate William H. Macy and NOT Emmy Rossum who clearly was the standout of the season. She was phenomenal and this is a huge mistake! Hopefully she is not ignored when it comes time for the Emmy’s.

  17. Megan says:

    FINALLY, FINALLY! Nods for fantastic John Noble, Anna Torv, Danny Pudi, Timothy Oliphant! This is going to be a great award! Kudos!

  18. Ciara says:

    Well, no big shockers there. They nominated exactly who you’d expect to be nominated, with very few surprises. At least a couple of obscure TV shows are getting noticed, but for the most part it’s all very predictable.

  19. Allison says:

    I’m glad FNL, Kyle and Connie got noticed but I wish “Supernanny” and “…Craig Ferguson” were nominated. Craig’s the best!

  20. JC says:

    I think Heather Morris (Brittany) from Glee should have gotten a supporting actress nomination Her singing, dancing, and one-liners really make her stand out! Hopefully the emmy’s will recognize her.

  21. NCSouthernBelle says:

    YAY JUSTIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And MF, and Community, and CT, and Fringe and Shameless….and the overwhelming lack of Glee. YAY!!!

  22. Gary Arlington says:

    Is PBS ineligible for some reason? Is it because they’d win everything?
    DOWNTON ABBEY! Maggie Smith!

    As a no-cable, antenna-only household, it’s the only place to find anything remotely good. I weep for this nation.

    (though I will confess that I never miss FRINGE)

    • Amy says:

      I’m not sure a British production would be eligible for the Critics Choice Awards. It WILL be eligible at the Emmys, though, so look for “Downton Abbey” to clean up there.

  23. Amy B says:

    This is such a great list from start to finish. Parks & Rec (which should get Emmy love this year too), Community, The Middle – all great choices in the Comedy race!
    And Justified & Friday Night Lights, both major swoons!
    You really got this one right, critics’ choice awards!

  24. Greg Mucino says:

    Almost perfect – except two things – BEST TALK SHOW
    Chelsea Lately (who didn’t she sleep with to get this nomination) and Best Actress in a Comedy Series Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)- She said it best – I’m not funny & Nurse Jackie isn’t really much of comedy series.

  25. Corrie says:

    As others have mentioned, where the HECK (insert real word here) is PARENTHOOD? That show is so stunningly well-done. Cannot believe it was overlooked. Definitely should have also recognized Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Mae Whitman, and Monica Potter. Please, please let this show somehow finally receive the love it deserves.

  26. amy says:

    The vampire diaries

  27. Brock says:

    Notable missings
    Best Supporting Actor:
    Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
    He’s delivered some of the best lines on TV with brilliant wit. A spot on portrayl of a beloved modern literary figure.

    Denis O’Hare – True Blood
    The last season of True Blood was fairly inspid, except for the brilliance of two sociopathic and utterly hilarious vampires. While Franklin wasn’t around enough to be anything more than a creepy reminder of that one stalker guy in college, Russell was a reason to tune in weekly. He was that good kinda bad and brought a magical kinda camp to an already campy show.

    Evan Handler – Californication
    Same names everytime. When is Runkle gonna get a nod? This season had him with a ton of face time and Handler plays the bungling idiot to a T. Reminds me of how Bryan Cranston could never get any award rec on Malcolm in the Middle.

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
    Watching this unknown actress play a character who is coming into her birth rite seems more than poetic. Each week you watch as her character and her as an actress grow in strength and skill.

    Best Actor:
    Hugh Laurie – House
    He’s carrying a dead show and making it look effortless. After the demise of Huddy, he delivered some of his best performances that at times reached to the perfection of last season’s opener at the mental health facility.

    David Duchovny – Californication
    Maybe he didn’t get a nod because his character doesn’t seem to grow. Still I can’t seem to get tired of Hank Moody.

    Best Actress:
    Laura Linney – The Big C
    Might as well have called this show Laura Linney gets cancer. It was as much a vehicle for her as Nurse Jackie is for Falco. Of the two performances though Falco wins everytime, but Linney deserves a nod.

    Best Show
    Hard to judge which category it belongs in, I’d argue comedy. Its definitely funnier than Nurse Jackie. Where Louie was my pitch black dark comedy of the year, this was my light hearted black comedy. The show that routinely had me refusing to go out on Sunday nights.

    Bored to Death
    Season 2 of Bored to Death was pure amazing, amending a lackluster debut season. In particular, the S&M episode stood out as utterly hilarious. Danson, Schwartzman, and Galifianakis all delivered memorable performances as three neurotic pals living a pulpy hard-boiled noir fantasy.

    Sure no one watched it, but those of us who did really lamented its cancellation. The Logues and Michael Raymond-James brought a lot of warmth and heart to more and more unrealistic procedural drama.

    Perhaps the finest ensemble cast on TV and startling with its realism. Certainly better than the disappointing aftertaste that The Walking Dead ending up leaving.

    Eastbound and Down
    Kenny Powers rocks and season 2 finally took him to 11. The biggest miss of this whole thing.

  28. SamCF says:

    Way to go Timothy Olyphant and Justified!!! Absolutely, hands down, the best drama series on television. This season was amazing and Olyphant, Walter Goggins, and Margo Martindale were mesmerizing week after week. I’m breathlessly awaiting next season.

  29. Molly says:

    I’m really happy for Jimmy Kimmel! And Cat Deely. And obviously, the very talented Busy Phillips.

  30. Sebastian Rio says:

    I’m team Chelsea Lately!!

  31. Justin says:

    Loving all the Fringe love. Always thought John Noble and Anna Torv were massively under-rated. Parks and Rec is the best comedy on TV, so I’m loving the Nick Offerman/Amy Poehler noms. LOVE The Real Housewives of BH nom. Everyone thinks that franchise is a mess. Glad the critics realize Bev Hills was a smart insightful and fun look into a world few people ever really get to see. Love, and completely shocked Chelsea was nominated. Good for her. The only thing I’m really disappointed about is no love for Parenthood. That show is consistently great. Perhaps it just doesn’t easily fit into a comedy or drama.

  32. JR says:

    Seriously? No Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister? It’s cool at least they got Margo Martindale right.

  33. Oscar says:

    I really like Jim Parsons has a nomination, but, really The Big Bang Theory is so undervalued, it is too cool, it’s along with Modern Family the best sitcoms right now, Mayim Bialik, Simon Helberg and Kunal Naayar deserve nominations too they are really cool characters, Please TBBT rule!

  34. MasterKat says:

    No nods for Peter Dinklage? Lame.

  35. AD says:

    oh yeah ! Fringe ! I want them to win !!!

  36. GDM says:

    In the UK, we have a huge love for the following USA TV series, The Middle, Modern Family, The Walking Dead, Southland and Justified.
    Some of the best writing, acting and stories can be found in these fantastic series.
    We want more of all of them please.
    The Middle and Modern Family transcribe situations that are familiar to any family whatever nationality, great scripts and hilarious dialogue with a heart.
    The performances in Southland, Justified and The Walking Dead (nice to see Brit actor Andy Lincoln doing well!) are sublime not to mention the gripping story lines.
    TV execs, if your listening. We need these shows renewed because they currently blow large parts of our TV schedules out of the water!
    From a UK fan.