The newly formed Broadcast Television Journalists Association will hold their very first nationally webcast and televised Awards show, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, June 20th on VH1.com and on the ReelzChannel cable network on June 22nd. Along with honoring the best of television with awards for the top comedy and drama series on network and cable TV, the critics will offer the first ever award for the most exciting new series.
BTJA Executive Director Joey Berlin said in a press release that the Most Exciting New Series Award is “… a fun category involving a bit of guess work on our part.” Berlin continued “A great pilot doesn’t always yield a great series, but it’s interesting to see which shows have jumped out and captured our fancy at this early stage.”
Members of the BTJA have been getting an early look at some of this fall’s biggest network and cable series for the past few weeks. The eight nominees for the inaugural Most Exciting New Series are:
Alcatraz – Fox – 20th Century Fox
Apartment 23 – ABC – 20th Century Fox
Awake -NBC – 20th Century Fox
Falling Skies – TNT – Dreamworks
New Girl – Fox – 20th Century Fox
Ringer – CW – Warner Bros.
Smash – NBC – Dreamworks/Universal
Terra Nova – Fox – 20th Century Fox
So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley will host the Critics Choice Movie Awards when they are webcast June 20th on VH1.com and when they are broadcast June 22nd on Reelzchannel. In the interest of full disclosure, the writer of this article is also a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association which is comprised of TV critics from the web, newspapers, TV and radio. The BTJA is a sister organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association whose Critics Choice Movie Awards air each January on VH1.