5 Reasons the Critics' Choice TV Awards Are Way Better Than the Emmys
Broadcast Television Journalists Association's Third Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards - Backstage And Audience
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the winners of its third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards on Monday night during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and the winners list, unlike a lot of other awards shows, probably looks similar to the winners you might pick.
Why? Because unlike the Emmys or the Golden Globes, BTJA voters (of which I am one) are made up largely of people whose jobs are to watch television — good, bad, reality, scripted, broadcast, cable, and whatever category Netflix's original programming falls into. BTJA members, like regular viewers, watch and love TV and recognize, as the CCTA nominees and winners lists attest, that there's terrific storytelling, writing, producing, and performances happening in every corner of TV land.
Here are five reasons why this year's CCTAs are way better than the Emmys:
1. "The Big Bang Theory" was the most-watched comedy in primetime for the season that ended in May. While some critics might continue to dismiss it, BTJA voters recognize the show has only become funnier and its characters more richly developed throughout its six seasons. Hence its win as Best Comedy Series — while "Modern Family" seems to have a lock on the best comedy Emmy, even though the still frequently funny series has started to feel stale as it heads into its fifth season.
Another acknowledgment by the CCTAs that what's popular can also be what's really good on TV: "Game of Thrones," which tied with "Breaking Bad" for best drama honors.
2. "The Middle" star Eden Sher is an endearing scene-stealer as adorkable teen Sue Heck, as is Kaley Cuoco, the high school graduate neighbor who usually goes toe-to-toe with her scientist boyfriend and his fellow geek pals on "The Big Bang Theory." Neither has received so much as an Emmy nomination, but they shared this year's Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award at the CCTAs. Ditto Andrew Lincoln, leader of the survivors on the wildly popular "The Walking Dead." He's been overlooked by the Emmy folk so far, but he received a well-deserved CCTA nomination for Best Actor in a Drama, a crowded category that includes the likes of Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, and winner Bryan Cranston.
3. Heard about "Orphan Black," the new sci-fi drama that just completed its first season on BBC America? The network's breakout hit followed "Doctor Who" on Saturday nights this spring and developed a devoted fan base that's eagerly awaiting its second season. You probably won't hear about the show at the Emmys in September, but "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany won the CCTA for Best Actress in a Drama Series on Monday night. It's quite possible that you will already know about every nominee in the best actress categories at this year's Emmys, but here's a bold CCTA selection that will probably lead to new viewers for a deserving show. Ditto the tie win for Sundance Channel's fantastic "Push Girls" in the Best Reality Series category.
4. And about those ties, three CCTA categories ended in ties (let's be honest, nobody likes a tie). In these instances, though, the ties were a result of multiple shows and performances that drew large groups of fervent supporters. It's like saying there were too many good TV shows and performers in those categories, and because a couple of them had so many fans, they shared top honors. Mention that the next time you hear someone complain there's nothing worth watching on TV.