Sunday, June 7, 2015

Critics' Choice TV Awards winners for speculative fiction

For this Sunday entertainment entry, I'm ignoring both the box office receipts for the weekend and the top entertainment story of the day, the Tony Awards,* to look at the winners of 2015 Critics' Choice Awards for speculative fiction.

Of the speculative fiction shows that I mentioned, the only one that won was the one I totally dissed.
Last and probably least, the reality competition shows.
• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• America’s Got Talent (NBC)
• Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
• Face Off (Syfy)
• Master Chef Junior (FOX)
• The Voice (NBC)
The defending winner, Shark Tank, didn't get renominated.  The Amazing Race and The Voice are returning nominees, but I wouldn't be surprised if Dancing With the Stars wins.  As for Face Off, it should just be happy it was nominated.
Much to the surprise of myself and a lot of others, Face Off won.

Executive producer Dwight Smith accepts the award for Best Reality Competition Series for "Face Off," presented by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, at the 5th Annual Critics' Choice TV Awards, May 2015.
Was I ever wrong.  That's OK, I'm glad to have missed this prediction.

It turns out there were two categories that I didn't list because they weren't listed in the press release I quoted, Most Bingeworthy and Most Exciting New Series.  Follow over the jump for the nominees and winners in each; speculative fiction did well in both.

First, International Business Times reported ‘The Walking Dead’ Bags Bingeworthy Show Award Plus Surpasses ‘Game of Thrones’ On Twitter.
Fans of “The Walking Dead” love tweeting about the show and Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon. Recently, the show won the Most Bingeworthy Award at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The show also went past “Game of Thrones” on Twitter.

“The Walking Dead” bagged the Bingeworthy Award at this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The AMC’s zombie show defeated “Orange Is the New Black,” “Game of Thrones,” “Empire,” “American Horror Story” and “Vikings.”
Finally, I get to report on The Walking Dead winning an award.  No surprise, this one was voted on by the fans, not the critics themselves.

As for the other category, TV by the Numbers listed all the winners in Critics' Choice Television Awards Announces Most Exciting New Series Honorees and Presenters.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) today announced the honorees for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ (CCTAs) Most Exciting New Series, which include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC), Minority Report (FOX), The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (FOX), Supergirl (CBS), and UnREAL (Lifetime).  The honorees were chosen by BTJA members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1, 2015.
Geez, I could have reported this list last week.  Still, I like knowing what shows I should pay attention to even before they premiere, especially when there are at least two crime dramas, American Crime Story and Aquarius, and at least two speculative fiction series, Minority Report and Supergirl.  Congratulations to all the winners.

*None of the plays nominated for the Tony Awards fit the interests I discuss on the blog and I don't care enough about modern horror films to bother tracking "Insidious 3," the sole speculative fiction film debuting this weekend, to use up the Sunday entertainment entry on it, although  I might post a drink recipe from Tipsy Bartender in honor of the movie in a future entry.

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