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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

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | HBO
Too Big to Fail
Curtis Hanson (8 Mile) directs and Peter Gould (Breaking Bad) wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin‘s bestselling book about the 2008 financial crisis. The flick revolves around the efforts of government officials and Wall Streeters to control the disaster, and the all-star cast includes Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke, Billy Crudup as Timothy Geithner, William Hurt as Henry Paulson, Ed Asner as Warren Buffet, Dan Hedaya as Barney Frank, James Woods as Dick Fuld and Bill Pullman as Jamie Dimon. And stay tuned after the movie for Too Big to Fail: Opening the Vault to the Financial Crisis (10:45PM), in which Sorkin, financial experts and journalists discuss the events portrayed in the movie.

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Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular
– In part one of the two-episode celebration leading up to The Big O’s series finale, Will Smith, Tom Hanks and Madonna are among the celebs who pop in to pay homage to Oprah.

8PM | FOX – 7TH SEASON FINALE
House
– House goes completely over the top (even by House standards), and it may mean the end of his relationships with both Wilson and Cuddy. Especially since Cuddy, a.k.a. Lisa Edelstein, is leaving the series …

8:30PM | FOOD NETWORK – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Kid in a Candy Store
– Among the treats Adam samples on factory tours: Moon Pies and the yummy candy bars of the Zingermans company, including the Zzang and Wowza bars.

9PM | ABC – 7TH SEASON PREMIERE
The Bachelorette
Brad Womack‘s runner-up, dental student Ashley Hebert, meets 25 dudes who vie for her attention, including one who, on the first night, “introduces” her to his mother (via speakerphone … still creepy), one she already knows and one who gets sloppy drunk.

9PM | FOX – SERIES FINALE
The Chicago Code
– Another good show bites the dust. Sigh. In the series ender, Teresa and Jarek lay all their cards on the table in the case against Gibbons, and Jarek vows to make things right at home.

9PM | NBC – SERIES FINALE
The Event
– Simon, Vicky, Sterling and Sean race to stop the spreading of the virus, and the portal begins to open.

9PM | BRAVO
Real Housewives of New Jersey
– More fallout from last week’s season opener: The Brownstone hosts a fashion show, and Teresa‘s cousin Kathy makes the mistake of trying to throw her weight around … with Caroline.

10PM | DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH – SERIES PREMIERE
World’s Worst Teens
– Take the title literally (or, as Parks and Recreation‘s Chris would say, “lit-rally”) … these are troubled teens, including tonight’s violent, drug-abusing 14-year-old.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– it’s the final performance show of the season for Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– It’s time for Adrian’s baby shower, but everyone’s busy fighting on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– The OCC crew makes a Deadliest Catch bike on American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery);
– It’s a two-hour block of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner guest star on the season 2 finale of Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– Secret Seattle sights are the topic on Off Limits (9PM, Travel);
Glee star Chris Colfer has a compelling chat with Piers on Piers Morgan Tonight (9PM, CNN);
– RJ tries to get back at Max for ruining his birthday on The Hard Times of RJ Berger (10PM, MTV);
– The detectives deal with a fire in Malibu, and discover a second fire was started to cover up a crime on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Coop considers starting a family and contacts an old fling via Facebook on Nurse Jackie (10PM, Showtime);
– Food Net stars reveal the restaurants that serve what they consider to be the best fried chicken on Best Thing I Ever Ate (10:30PM, Food Network);
– Tara has an abusive new alter, prompting Dr. Hattaras to introduce her to the co-chair of the psych department on United States of Tara (10:30PM, Showtime).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Ken Jeong;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Albert Brooks (REPEAT);
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Geoffrey Rush (REPEAT);
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Eric Stonestreet and Lady Gaga;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Dustin Hoffman and The Script;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Norm Macdonald and Jerry Springer;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Wanda Sykes and Ashley Hebert;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Matthew Bomer and Queen Latifah;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jack Black;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Adam Carolla.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

9PM | BRAVO – 3RD SEASON PREMIERE
Real Housewives of New Jersey
– Hard to believe, but the Joisey girls may be wishing Danielle was back after they experience the new cast additions, both relatives of Teresa. In tonight’s premiere, the newbies (Kathy and Melissa) are introduced when Teresa and her family attend a christening. They arrive late (as usual), and that sets off a throwdown that could rival the great table-flipping incident of season 1.

8PM | NBC – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Chuck
– Can the team stop Vivian before she destroys Chuck and Sarah’s wedding? Now that the show will return for a 13-episode season next year, we may have to wait until then to find out … the episode is called “Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger,” after all.

8PM | FOX
House
– House has to deal with some devastating info, while Thirteen’s friend needs help, but can’t be treated at the hospital, because her problem is drug-related.

8PM | CBS – 6TH SEASON FINALE
How I Met Your Mother
– Ted’s life changes at a wedding, but it’s not his wedding. Yet, anyway.

9PM | THE CW – 4TH SEASON FINALE
Gossip Girl
– The season ender all comes down to: What will Blair do?

9PM | TRAVEL – SERIES PREMIERE
Off Limits
– The new series, hosted by history buff Don Wildman, delves into the hidden, unusual and unknown of various U.S. cities. First up, Los Angeles, where Wildman finds hidden oil rigs in a residential neighborhood, kayaks down the Los Angeles River and gets a look at a rarely-seen part of the city and visits a former Nazi compound in Southern California.

9:30PM | CBS – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Mike & Molly
– Mike wigs when Peggy’s new boyfriend asks if he plans to marry Molly (Melissa McCarthy). PS – Still haven’t warmed up to M&M, but MM, show star McCarthy, is the breakout star and major scene stealer in the new chick flick Bridesmaids.

10PM | ABC – 3RD SEASON FINALE
Castle
– Beckett finds a surprising tie to her mother’s killer when a hit man with key info on the murder escapes.

10 and 10:30PM | THE HUB
Family Ties
– So much to love about tonight’s back-to-back eps: Not only are they the installments where Alex meets girlfriend Ellen, but it’s also when Michael J. Fox meets future real-life wife Tracy Pollan, and the episodes feature one of the all-time great sitcom musical moments, the introduction of Billy Vera & the Beaters‘ “At This Moment.” Remember?

10PM | CBS – 1ST SEASON FINALE
Hawaii Five-O
– When McGarrett gets his hands on some major evidence against Wo Fat, the crime lord makes it his mission to destroy Five-O.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Nurse Jackie
– Jackie finds Bill in a sorry state when she stops by to score some drugs, and Thor bonds with Mrs. Akalitus.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– A wedding and graduation are the main events on the season 3 finale of 90210 (8PM, The CW);
– It’s week nine of performances on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– Ben and Amy butt heads when he defends Adrian on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– New Kid in a Candy Store on Food Network (8:30PM);
Mad Love (8:30PM, CBS) wraps its first season;
– On American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery), Junior rejects Senior‘s settlement offer, but when Senior’s dog dies, it may be the thing that will finally lead to a reconciliation between the estranged men;
– Jarek, Caleb and Teresa try to find a key, and missing, witness against Gibbons on The Chicago Code (9PM, Fox);
– Catch The Event (9PM, NBC) while you can; it did not get renewed for a second season;
– Tonight’s four-episode block of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (9PM, Comedy Central) includes “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System” for romance, “Mac and Dennis Break Up” and “The Gang Reignites the Rivalry,” with the introduction of Flipadelphia;
– RJ asks his dad for driving lessons, but he gets a visit to a strip club, with his dad, too, on The Hard Times of RJ Berger (10PM, MTV);
– TJ continues to look for his partner’s killer on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC).

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Zach Galifianakis;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Jon Ronson;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Alison Klayman;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Andy Cohen and Julianne Margulies;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Eva Mendes;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Eva Longoria;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Kate Hudson (REPEAT);
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Cee Lo Green and Howie Mandel;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Simon Helberg;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Ben Schwartz (REPEAT).

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | BRAVO – 2ND SEASON FINALE
Bethenny Ever After
– Her Skating With the Stars competition comes to an end, but Bethenny begins her big bus tour and gets some life-changing news about her SkinnyGirl liquor business.

8PM | NBC
Chuck
– Ugh. It’s supposed to be all about Sarah and Chuck’s wedding, but creepy Vivian, who’s not only the worst, least interesting character in show history, but played by one of the worst actresses to appear on the show (seriously … she can’t stay in one accent for more than a few seconds), messes things up by messing with Chuck’s mama and Morgan.

8PM | FOX
House
– Does House have a new addiction? His team suspects he does. Meanwhile, after he loses a boxing match bet to Wilson, House tries to help rehab an aging boxer.

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– Ted and Zoey? Kaput tonight. Thank. Goodness.

9PM | FOX
Chicago Code
– While Teresa tries to do something about the corrupt promotion process in the police department without tipping off Gibbons about her long-range plans, Jarek has personal troubles when Vonda gets an anonymous package.

9PM | NBC
The Event
– Sean and Vicky try to save thousands of lives while Sophia forges ahead with her plans to wipeout, well, everyone.

9PM | THE CW
Gossip Girl
– Uncle Jack is back! And, of course, that spells trouble for his nephew, Chuck.

9PM | COMEDY CENTRAL
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
– This week’s four-episode block is packed with gems, including “The Waitress Is Getting Married” (9PM) and “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens,” both especially good Charlie Day episodes. Though, as any true Sunny fan knows, Charlie spells it “kitten mittons.”

10PM | ABC
Castle
– When Miss Illinois is found murdered during the “Baron’s All-American Beauty Pageant,” Castle and Beckett find there’s no lack of suspects, including the pageant host, sponsor and several other contestants. The episode’s clever title: “Pretty Dead.”

10PM | MTV
Hard Times of RJ Berger
– Miles joins the cheerleading squad in an effort to get healthier, while RJ deals with more fallout from his parents’ divorce.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Adrianna goes after Navid on 90210 (8PM, The CW);
– In week eight competition, each of the remaining pairs performs two numbers on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– Grace helps Arian shop for a wedding dress on Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
Adam checks out giant handmade lollipops and key lime pie on a stick on Kid in a Candy Store (8:30PM, Food Network);
Senior considers making a settlement offer to Junior on American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery);
Guy Fieri kicks off the 12th season of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (9PM, Food Network);
– Sasha tells Kaylie she’s not on the team on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– It’s the series finale of Stargate Universe (9PM, Syfy);
– Danny is exposed to a lethal chemical agent on Hawaii Five-O (10PM, CBS);
– A college student is strangled to death on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Jackie gets her hand on a new stash of drugs, but she may need more when she sees Eddie and O’Hara leaving the hospital together on Nurse Jackie (10PM, Showtime);
Elvis Presley‘s medical records and a letter signed by Helen Keller are among the goodies on Pawn Star$ (10PM, History);
– The mother of missing high school student Natalee Holloway hosts Vanished with Beth Holloway (10PM, Lifetime), a new series that examines unsolved abduction cases.

And the late-night line-up:
Conan (11PM, TBS): Anthony Hopkins and Demetri Martin;
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Keira Knightley;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Lupe Fiasco;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Albert Brooks and Kristen Wiig;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Jennifer Lopez and Jesse Tyler Ferguson;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Sinbad;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Rob Lowe;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Chelsea Handler;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Jeff Goldblum and Sarah Chalke;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Walton Goggins.

Potts Picks: Today’s Best TV

(ALL TIMES ET)

10PM | ABC
Castle
– When Beckett heads to Los Angeles to track down a lead on the person she suspects of murdering her former partner, Castle tags along and visits the set of the movie adaptation of his book, Heat Wave. Among the episode’s guest stars: Gene Simmons, D.B. Sweeney and Prison Break star Dominic Purcell.

8PM | NBC
Chuck
– It’s supposed to be a spy-free event when Chuck agrees to focus on his bachelor party, but some unexpected visitors, plus Ellie’s discovery of some major info on her dad’s old computer, take the celebration in a different direction.

8PM | FOX
House
Candice Bergen guest stars as cuddy’s mother, who threatens her daughter and House’s medical licenses when she considers filing a lawsuit against the hospital.

8PM | CBS
How I Met Your Mother
– While Ted plans a romantic weekend with Zoey, Barney and Marshall argue about the Arcadian.

8:30PM | FOOD NETWORK
Kid in a Candy Store
Adam‘s quest: Find sweet treats with tropical flavor, like Rainbow Coconut Bars and Turkish Taffy.

10PM | BRAVO
Bethenny Ever After
– While preparing for the Skating With the Stars finale, Bethenny also tries to plan family time with Jason and plan her big bus tour.

10PM | MTV
The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Weezer guest stars as RJ tries to figure out a way to snag fake IDs and tix to a 21-and-over concert by the band, all to impress Amy.

10PM | CBS
Hawaii Five-O
Rick Springfield guest stars as a famous fashion photog who meets a violent end when he goes to Hawaii to shoot the cover of a magazine’s swimsuit issue.

10PM | SHOWTIME
Nurse Jackie
– Jackie continues to freak about Kevin encouraging a match up between Eddie and Kevin’s sister, while Coop is freaking out about his moms and Mrs. Akalitus is in a tizzy because the hospital’s religious statues are being removed.

10PM | NGC – 7TH SEASON PREMIERE
Taboo
– People obsessed with their fantasy lives is the topic, and includes a creepy California dude who persists in living as a baby.

11PM | TBS
Conan
– Is Will Ferrell going to make good on his threat to shave Conan‘s beard? Tonight’s the night we’ll find out.

Worth flipping to during commercials:
– Teddy has doubts about Marco when he catches him in a lie on 90210 (8PM, The CW);
– It’s week seven of performances on Dancing With the Stars (8PM, ABC);
– The only one sure about Amy moving in with Ricky is Amy on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM, ABC Family);
– Is Senior ready to make up with Junior and Mikey on American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior (9PM, Discovery)?;
– Jury tampering is just the tip of the iceberg when a crooked city official gets away with misdeeds on The Chicago Code (9PM, Fox);
– Leila and Michael try to rescue Simon on The Event (9PM, NBC);
– Serena threatens what could be a very happy moment for Blair on Gossip Girl (9PM, The CW);
– Four back-to-back episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Comedy Central (9PM);
– Bad news threatens Emily’s career on Make It or Break It (9PM, ABC Family);
– The detectives investigate a series of bank robberies that also involve kidnapping on Law & Order: Los Angeles (10PM, NBC);
– Back-to-back new Pawn Star$ episodes (10PM, History) features original Spider-Man artwork.

And the late-night line-up:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11PM, Comedy Central): Philip K. Howard;
The Colbert Report (11:30PM, Comedy Central): Francis Fukuyama;
The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35PM, CBS): Tracy Morgan and Rex Ryan;
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35PM, NBC): Paul Walker and Donny and Marie Osmond;
Lopez Tonight (Midnight, TBS): Mark Ruffalo and Yvette Nicole Brown;
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05AM, ABC): Rene Russo and k.d. lang;
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35AM, NBC): Judd Apatow and LL Cool J;
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:37AM, CBS): Matt Lucas and Mindy Kaling;
Last Call with Carson Daly (1:35AM, NBC): Mark Burnett (REPEAT).

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