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Noble Gesture: Fringe, Others Get Love from Broadcast Critics

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The brand-spanking-new Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the winners of its brand-spanking-new Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The winners (list follows the jump) include some usual-suspects shows like Mad Men, but also underrecognized series like Fringe, whose John Noble (best supporting actor) deserves any hardware he can get, anywhere.

As I’ve said before, I’m not a member of the group, so I deserve no thanks or blame. My biggest gripe with the awards is the dubious new category (nominees only, no winner) of “Most Exciting New Series,” a prize for upcoming series that seems mainly a beat-sweetener gift to publicists, especially since it’s based mainly on preliminary series pilots. (Or not even that. Terra Nova got a nod, though Fox has screened no more for critics than half the two-hour debut—and I believe that, at the time this list was announced, it had only shown journalists a trailer of a few minutes’ length. Guess that was an awesome trailer!)

The announcement follows. Let us know what you think:

Best Drama Series

“Mad Men”

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Noble – “Fringe”

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Christina Hendricks – “Mad Men”

Margo Martindale – “Justified”

Best Reality Series



“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Best Reality Series – Competition

“American Idol”

Best Reality Show Host

Mike Rowe – “Dirty Jobs”

Best Talk Show

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

Best Comedy Series

“Modern Family”

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey – “30 Rock”

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Neil Patrick Harris – “How I Met Your Mother”

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Busy Philipps – “Cougar Town”

Most Exciting New Series


“Apartment 23”


“Falling Skies”

“New Girl”



“Terra Nova”