Critic’s Choice Television Awards Categories Announcement

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May 5, 2014 (Burbank, CA) – The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) today announced the award categories for THE FOURTH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS which will be broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel onThursday, June 19, 2014 (8:00pm ET/8:00pm PT). Actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer, who is currently the star, co-creator and executive producer of the hit comedy series “The Soul Man” on TV Land as well as host of long-running iconic game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” will host the CCTAs in their network television debut.

BTJA has separated the Best Movie/Best Mini-Series Award to create two separate awards, Best Movie and Best Mini-Series. The Best Movie/Best Mini-Series acting categories will remain linked together. The organization will also introduce the LOUIS XIII Genius Award which will be presented to an icon within the television industry.

“There is an abundance of great TV programming, and no one can see it all,” said Joey Berlin, president of BTJA. “We’re proud that, through the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, an organization of professional TV watchers can weigh in to help the public, the industry and Emmy voters identify the shows they don’t want to miss. Heading into our fourth year, we’ve established this show as the kickoff for the television award season, and we’re thrilled we’ll be making our network television debut on The CW this year.”

Best known for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, now going into its 20th year, the Broadcast Film Critics Association established BTJA and the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in 2011 on behalf of television journalists working in electronic media to celebrate outstanding work in television. In addition to honoring the best shows and performers from the previous season, the CCTAs also spotlight the Most Exciting New Series premiering after May 31, 2014, judging from pilots and early episodes.

The BTJA Executive Board includes: Michael Ausiello (TVLine), Joey Berlin (BFCA/BTJA), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Jenna Busch (Voice.Fan.TV), John De Simio (BFCA/BTJA), Sam Rubin (KTLA-TV), Jarett Wieselman (BuzzFeed) and Lisa Johnson Mandell (Cumulus Radio). The organization currently has 88 voting members.

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards will honor programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 in the following categories:

COMEDY SERIES

  • Best Comedy Series
  • Lead Actor
  • Lead Actress
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • Best Guest Performer

DRAMA SERIES

  • Best Drama Series
  • Lead Actor
  • Lead Actress
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • Best Guest Performer

MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

  • Best Movie (New Category)
  • Best Mini-series (New Category)
  • Lead Actor
  • Lead Actress
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress

REALITY SERIES

  • Reality Series
  • Reality-Competition Series
  • Host

BEST TALK SHOW
(Daytime as well as late night shows are included in this category.)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

MOST EXCITING NEW SERIES (Shows premiering after May 31, 2014).

BTJA members serve on four Nominating Committees – Comedy, Drama, Movies/Mini-Series and Reality/Animation/Talk. These committees will begin consideration on May 1. The Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominees will publicly be announced on May 28. The Most Exciting New Series will be announced June 9.  Final voting in all other categories will take place June 15-17. Winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards gala on June 19, live on The CW.

About BTJA

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association. BTJA includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com