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Fresh Faces! Snubs! Five Things to Know About the Critics' Choice TV Awards (No. 1: What the Heck Are They?!)

If there's one thing Hollywood is never short on, it's self-congratulations, and while last night it was the movie stars' turn, today it's all about the small screen, as the nominations were announced for the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards.
/ Source: E!online

If there's one thing Hollywood is never short on, it's self-congratulations, and while last night it was the movie stars' turn, today it's all about the small screen, as the nominations were announced for the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards.

So, what exactly are the Critics' Choice Television Awards? And more importantly, who's getting kudos? And more shockingly, who's not?!

Here are five things you need to know about this awards show:

1. What They Are: Just as the Critics' Choice Movie Awards are determined by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the couch potatoes in charge of picking winners for the Critics' Choice TV Awards are a different body of the same organization, the newly-formed Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

Newly minted nominee Cat Deeley has the honor of hosting the first ever broadcast of the show, which will take the form of a luncheon and be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel June 20. The ceremony will be streamed live on, before getting edited down and rebroadcast on the ReelzChannel (ad infinitum, we're guessing) starting June 22.

2. They're Keeping It All in the Family: Modern Family has the distinction of being the most nominated show on the most nominated network (ABC grabbed 16 total nods), scoring nominations for Best Comedy Series, as well as Supporting Actor nods for Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill and Eric Stonestreet, and Supporting Actress honors for Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara. In fact, the only show regular not to be singled out for his acting chops was Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Also feeling pretty proud of themselves this morning: Mad Men, which scored the most nods of any drama, with five, including Best Actor (Jon Hamm), Best Actress (Elisabeth Moss), Best Supporting Actor (John Slattery) and Best Supporting Actress (Christina Hendricks).

3. It's Out With the Old...Big Time: There's making a fresh start, and then there's making a fresh start by totally annihilating what came before. Wherefore art though Hugh Laurie? And for that matter, House as a whole? What about January Jones? Or Matthew Morrison? Chris Colfer?! A comedy series category that acknowledges Archer but not How I Met Your Mother? And don't get us started on the MIA Toni Collete, Laura Linney, Thomas Jane, Bryan Cranston, Kyra Sedgwick, or a whole host of names and shows that have become de rigueur on nomination mornings.

Not to mention, late-nights. While our own Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Lately is up for Best Talk Show, against The Daily Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the outgoing Oprah Winfrey Show, more notable is who's not nominated: Jay, Dave, that other Jimmy, Craig, Conan, and Stephen (sure, strictly speaking, The Colbert Report isn't a talk show, but then again, neither is The Daily Show).

In any case, if this show ends up being a harbinger of things to come for the Emmy nominations, we could be in for some shockers when those nominations are read out July 14.

4. You Wanted Fresh Blood, You Got It: The TV critics taketh away, sure, but they also giveth in the form of some much-needed new faces in the nomination lineup. Host Cat Deeley, usually left out of the Emmy race, is included here as Best Reality Show host, against a slightly varied stable: American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Dancing With the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington, and Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe (auf wiedersehen, Heidi Klum. Your tribe has spoke, Jeff Probst).

RuPaul's Drag Race somehow snuck its way into the Best Reality Series Competition (So You Think You Can Dance was once again criminally overlooked), but it was the main categories that brought the most new faces.

Among them: Community's Joel McHale, up for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, as was It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day; Best Actor in a Drama Series saw the addition of Justified's Timothy Olyphant and Shameless' William H. Macy; The Killing's Mireille Enos scored a Best Actress in a Drama nod, as did Fringe's Anna Torv.

Meanwhile, Justified, The Killing, Big Love, Fringe, Southland, The Middle, Raising Hope, Friday Night Lights and Big Love littered the categories, while Louie, Archer and Game of Thrones made their first foray onto the big lists for the first time.

5. There's More Where That Came From: There was one category that has yet to be announced by the TV critics: Most Exciting New Series is still accepting submissions for consideration and will announce the nominees at a later date. A future favorites of sorts, the category will shine a light on new shows (and provide some nice and much-needed critics buzz for the fledgling series), and is currently fielding screeners for shows set to debut this fall.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the inaugural Critics' Choice TV Awards:

BEST DRAMA SERIES Boardwalk Empire Dexter Friday Night Lights Fringe Game of Thrones The Good Wife Justified The Killing Mad Men The Walking Dead

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire Kyle Chandler, Friday Night LightsMichael C. Hall, Dexter Jon Hamm, Mad Men William H. Macy, Shameless Timothy Olyphant, Justified

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights Mireille Enos, The Killing Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy Anna Torv, Fringe

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Alan Cumming, The Good Wife Walton Goggins, Justified Shawn Hatosy, Southland John Noble, Fringe Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire John Slattery, Mad Men

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Michelle Forbes, The Killing Christina Hendricks, Mad Men Margo Martindale, Justified Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife Chlo Sevigny, Big Love

BEST REALITY SERIES Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Hoarders The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Sister Wives Undercover Boss

BEST REALITY SERIES, COMPETITION The Amazing Race American Idol Dancing with the Stars Project Runway RuPaul's Drag Race Top Chef

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance Ty Pennington, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

BEST TALK SHOW Chelsea Lately The Daily Show The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Oprah Winfrey Show

BEST COMEDY SERIES Archer The Big Bang Theory Community Glee Louie The Middle Modern Family The Office Parks and Recreation 30 Rock

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Steve Carell, The Office Louis C.K., Louie Charlie Day, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Joel McHale, Community Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Courteney Cox, Cougar Town Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Tina Fey, 30 Rock Patricia Heaton, The Middle Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Ty Burrell, Modern Family Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation Ed O'Neill, Modern Family Danny Pudi, Community Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Julie Bowen, Modern Family Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock Jane Lynch, Glee Busy Philipps, Cougar Town Eden Sher, The Middle Sofa Vergara, Modern Family

PHOTOS: Need a reminder of the usual suspects? Check out our gallery of the 2011 Golden Globe winners!