New TV Awards Show Aims To Be Emmys Barometer

by | June 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM | TV News

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The head of the Broadcast Film Critics Association thinks the inaugural awards ceremony of its television offshoot will do for the Emmy race what the group’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has done for the Oscar race: shape it by predicting it.

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards will be handed out during a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday.

Modern Family,” last year’s best comedy Emmy winner, leads the field with six nominations. Reigning Emmy drama champ “Mad Men” scored five nominations.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are, by some measures, among the most accurate precursors of the Oscars — better than the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“Since 1995, only two movies were ever nominated for best picture without getting a Critics’ Choice nomination first,” said BFCA president Joey Berlin. “The best thing you can do if you want an Oscar is to get a Critics’ Choice nomination. Now the Emmys have a precursor too.”

There are 15 television categories, including most exciting new series — a category with no Emmy equivalent. The event will be streamed live on VH1.com and telecast June 22 on ReelzChannel. Emmy ballots are due June 24.

“It helps the Emmy voter focus their attention,” Berlin said of the new ceremony. “It’s logical to think that will happen.”

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