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2011 Critics Choice TV Awards Nominations Announced!

This spring, TVScreener.com was honored to become a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA hosts the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards that air on VH1, and our TV group will dole out our own set of accolades, via the first Critics Choice Television Awards.

The TV awards ceremony will be hosted by So You Think You Can Dance star Cat Deeley on June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and VH1.com will stream them live (June 20, 3:30PM ET), while on June 22, the ceremony airs on TV  at the ReelzChannel (8PM ET).

And here, our first class of nominees. I think it’s a great mix of shows, including some truly fantastic series and actors and actresses who have been overlooked at other TV awards ceremonies. I am particularly thrilled that we have nominated It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day, one of the funniest guys on TV, and one who’s still flying a bit under the radar, for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as shows and stars of shows like The Middle, Sons of Anarchy, Raising Hope, Archer and Justified, all so deserving of being called out as among the best TV has to offer.

Sound off in the comments about our nominees … do you like the mix? Who would you choose as the winner in each category? Are there shows and stars you think we missed?

And be sure to tune in for the first annual Critics Choice Television Awards on ReelzChannel on June 22!

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Dexter – Showtime
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Fringe – FOX
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
Justified – FX
The Killing – AMC
Mad Men – AMC
The Walking Dead – AMC

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi
Boardwalk Empire – HBO
Kyle ChandlerFriday Night Lights – DirecTV
Michael C. HallDexter – Showtime
Jon HammMad Men – AMC
William H. MacyShameless – Showtime
Timothy OlyphantJustified – FX

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton
Friday Night Lights – DirecTV
Mireille EnosThe Killing – AMC
Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife – CBS
Elisabeth MossMad Men – AMC
Katey SagalSons of Anarchy – FX
Anna TorvFringe – FOX

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Cumming
The Good Wife – CBS
Walton GogginsJustified – FX
Shawn HatosySouthland – TNT
John NobleFringe – FOX
Michael PittBoardwalk Empire – HBO
John SlatteryMad Men – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Forbes
– The Killing – AMC
Christina HendricksMad Men – AMC
Margo MartindaleJustified – FX
Kelly MacdonaldBoardwalk Empire – HBO
Archie PanjabiThe Good Wife – CBS
Chloë SevignyBig Love – HBO

Best Comedy Series
Archer – FX
The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Community – NBC
Glee – FOX
Louie – FX
The Middle – ABC
Modern Family – ABC
The Office – NBC
Parks and Recreation – NBC
30 Rock – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin
30 Rock – NBC
Steve CarellThe Office – NBC
Louis C.K.Louie – FX
Charlie DayIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – FX
Joel McHaleCommunity – NBC
Jim ParsonsThe Big Bang Theory – CBS

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox
Cougar Town – ABC
Edie FalcoNurse Jackie – Showtime
Tina Fey30 Rock – NBC
Patricia HeatonThe Middle – ABC
Martha PlimptonRaising Hope – FOX
Amy PoehlerParks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell
Modern Family – ABC
Neil Patrick HarrisHow I Met Your Mother – CBS
Nick OffermanParks and Recreation – NBC
Ed O’NeillModern Family – ABC
Danny PudiCommunity – NBC
Eric StonestreetModern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen
Modern Family – ABC
Jane Krakowski30 Rock – NBC
Jane LynchGlee – FOX
Busy PhilippsCougar Town – ABC
Eden SherThe Middle – ABC
Sofía VergaraModern Family – ABC

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Hoarders – A&E
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Bravo
Sister Wives – TLC
Undercover Boss – CBS

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Amazing Race – CBS
American Idol – FOX
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Project Runway – Lifetime
RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
Top Chef – Bravo

Best Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron
Dancing with the Stars – ABC
Cat DeeleySo You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Ty PenningtonExtreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC
Mike RoweDirty Jobs – Discovery
Ryan SeacrestAmerican Idol – FOX

Best Talk Show
Chelsea Lately – E!
The Daily Show – Comedy Central
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Bros.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
The Oprah Winfrey Show – Harpo

Jon Hamm Returning as ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host; Who Else Should Host?

Mad Men Emmy nominee Jon Hamm, one of the funniest Saturday Night Live hosts in the last couple of years, is returning to host the show in January.

It’s an especially welcome return since many of this season’s SNL eps have been pretty lackluster. It’s certainly time for an Alec Baldwin or Justin Timberlake return, but it would also be nice to see some new celebs take a shot at hosting. Glee star Jane Lynch‘s name has been mentioned again and again as a host fans would most like to see, and I would throw out one or all of the cast members of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as nominees, too.

Other suggestions for SNL hosts:

Big Bang Theory Emmy nominee Jim Parsons. The show is more popular than ever, and Parsons is a major reason. It would be fun to see what he’d do in a live, sketch comedy venue

Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall. Right? We know him for playing such intense dramatic characters, but there’s always been a lot of dark, clever humor mixed in to both Six Feet Under and especially Dexter, so I’d love to see Hall host the show. Plus, there are so many silly things the SNL cast and writing staff could do with the Dexter character. Here’s a freebie: Have Dexter kill off the worst SNL characters of all time, starting with Kristen Wiig‘s Gilly, one of the most annoying, unfunniest SNL creations ever.

George Clooney. I know, not likely, but he has a great sense of humor, and it would be interesting to see how far he’d go in poking fun at himself and his fellow A-listers. Plus, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon cameos?

Which of the following would you most like to see as a Saturday Night Live host in 2010?
Glee‘s Jane Lynch
– The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons
Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall
George Clooney

PS – The Saturday Night Live Christmas special airs on Dec. 17 (8PM ET) and will be hosted by Kristen Wiig … as Gilly. But it’s still promising, as Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are making guest appearances, and the two-hour special will also include clips of some of the best holiday-themed skits from years past, including clips with Justin Timberlake, Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy.

Channel Surfing – October 28, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Emmy and Oscar-winning director and producer Barry Levinson thinks TV networks should program Saturday nights with must-see-TV. Saturday nights are a repeat wasteland now, but in the past, hits like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, Golden Girls, Love Boat, Mission: Impossible, Gilligan’s Island, The Streets of San Francisco, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show, The Jeffersons, Emergency, Kung Fu, Starsky & Hutch, Get Smart, Gunsmoke, Facts of Life and Leave It to Beaver claimed primetime real estate on Saturday nights.

– An all-Madonna episode of Glee? It’s happening.

Hulk Hogan is returning to wrestling, on Spike’s TNA iMPACT.

George Lopez has lined up Ellen DeGeneres, Eva Longoria-Parker and Kobe Bryant for the Nov. 9 premiere of his TBS late-night talk show Lopez Tonight, and has also booked Larry David, Sandra Bullock, Ray Romano, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Queen Latifah, Ted Danson, Andy Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Oscar de la Hoya and Kathy Griffin.

– They’re dropping like flies from the ESPN payroll these days. On the heels of the firings of Steve Phillips and his mistress from the sports net, ESPN has suspended commentator Bob Griese for making an offensive comment about Colombian NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

– Yet another reason to love Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson: When the lights went out in his studio (and all of CBS Television City) Tuesday night while he was interviewing Alicia Silverstone, he turned on a flashlight and kept right on going with the show.

– ABC has ditched plans to promote its V remake with the giant red skywritten “V”s. The campaign was going to create quite a bit of pollution, as Washington Post critic Lisa de Moraes calculated, and it was feared that the giant red Vs might freak some people out, reports The Hollywood Reporter‘s James Hibberd.

The Wire and The Office star Idris Elba is developing a new legal drama, with Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick, for NBC.

– TruTV’s Las Vegas Lockdown is an upcoming reality series that will follow arrestees through the Sin City county jail, including partiers who prove that what happens in Vegas, sometimes leads to the hoosegow.

Ricky Gervais on hosting the Golden Globe Awards in January: “Everyone is sitting around and drinking. I’m going to be drunk, and I’m not going to rehearse. So, it’s the perfect gig for me.” Unless they get him to host the Oscars, too, the Globes should be, far and away, the best awards show of the year.

– Last Sunday’s episode of Dexter was the series’ highest-rated installment ever, with more than two million viewers.

Gabourey Sidibe, the newcomer who’s the buzz-making star of the early Oscar-fave film Precious, is in talks for a role in Showtime’s upcoming Laura Linney dark cancer-themed comedy The C Word.

Patrick Swayze‘s widow Lisa will chat with Oprah on The Big O’s Friday show.

– And tonight’s must-see-TV: Barring continuing rain (it’s an icky day here in NYC), the Yankees and Phillies kick off the 105th World Series on Fox (8PM ET); Brick (a.k.a. scene-stealing kiddie actor Atticus Shaffer) is deemed “socially challenged” at school, but proves himself to be a mechanical genius at home on The Middle (8:30PM, ABC); Jay and Gloria argue about Manny’s new school outfit on Modern Family (9PM, ABC); for those with DirecTV, it’s the fourth-season premiere of Friday Night Lights (9PM); Robert has to whip up a feast at the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Dinner: Impossible (10PM, Food Network); and Adam tackles steak and blue crab in Baltimore on Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel).

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