Photo Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC; AMC
Now that the TV season has come to a close, this year's Emmy nominating committee is currently deciding which shows and stars to honor in September. The contenders will be announced on July 14 -- but, in the meantime, there's a new awards show in town: the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards, to be doled out by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association on June 20.
Modern Family earned the most nods with six (including one for Ed O'Neill, who was overlooked at last year's Emmys), while awards-show darling Mad Men led all dramas with five nominations. But some new, underappreciated shows got some much needed loving, too.
FX's Justified is up for four awards, including best drama and best actor (for Timothy Olyphant). Throughout its two seasons (it was just picked up for a third), critics have raved over the show about a U.S. Marshal with an unorthodox enforcement style. AMC's thriller The Killing also scored three nominations, as did Fox's clever (but ratings-challenged) Fringe.
And it's gratifying (though not surprising) to see NBC's Community and Parks and Recreation earning three nods apiece. Critics love these shows, and their support has probably helped them stay on air despite their sometimes lagging ratings.
A few other obvious nominees were CBS' The Good Wife (and its star, Julianna Margulies), and HBO's Boardwalk Empire, both of which will no doubt have a place at the Emmy table, too.
The awards will be handed out at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and hosted by So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley (who was also nominated for best reality show host). Click here for a full list of nominees.
The Critics Choice Television Awards will be streamed live at VH1.com when they are presented on June 20, and will air on ReelzChannel on June 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Let's hope Emmy voters are watching... and taking notes.