The 2012 nominees for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards have been announced, and comedy is king this year. NBC tops all other networks, with 14 nominations, carried by Community, which beat out all other shows with six nods. The little sitcom that could will be vying for Best Comedy Series against The Big Bang Theory, Girls, New Girl, Parks and Recreation and last year’s winner, Modern Family. The show’s stars Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Gillian Jacobs were all nominated for awards, as well.
The Best Talk Show category is dominated by our favorite late-night funny guys, with Conan, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live competing with the only non-late-night series, ABC’s The View.
Though the comedy categories are dominated by the broadcast networks, cable series did receive much-deserved recognition. Louis C.K. (Louie, FX), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO), and Don Cheadle (House of Lies, Showtime) all received Best Actor in a Comedy Series nominations, along with McHale and Fox’s Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope).
Parks and Recreation came in just behind Community with five nominations. ABC’s Modern Family nabbed four, and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory got two.
“We are very excited by these nominations, reflecting the amazing diversity and creativity that is exploding on the small screen today,” said Joey Berlin, acting president of the Broadcast Television Journalist Association, an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which presents the awards. “In every genre, audiences are witnessing a New Golden Age where imagination knows no bounds, from mass appeal entertainment to quirky originals where one person’s unique vision can delight a more limited audience. As television journalists, we’re proud to offer our choices of the best that we see day in and day out.”
The Critics’ Choice Television Awards will be presented Monday, June 18 at a gala awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. You can see all categories, the full list of nominees and the nominations tally by network and show at the Critics’ Choice website.