Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad Top Critics’ Picks


BEVERLY HILLS: The Critics’ Choice Television Awards last night recognized The Big Bang Theory as the best comedy series, while Breaking Bad notched up a number of wins on the drama side.

While The Big Bang Theory won for best comedy series, performance nods went to Louie‘s Louis C.K. and Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Supporting comedy nods were awarded to Simon Helberg for The Big Bang Theory and The Big Big Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco and The Middle‘s Eden Sher, in a tie. Best guest performer in a comedy was Patton Oswalt for his turn on Parks and Recreation.

For the best drama series, it was a tie between Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, though Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston took the win for best actor in a drama. Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black won in the category for best actress. The winners for supporting actor and actress in a drama were Southland‘s Michael Cudlitz and Parenthood‘s Monica Potter, respectively. Jane Fonda was recognized as best guest performer in a drama for The Newsroom.

In the movie or mini-series category, Behind the Candelabra was the night’s big winner, with star Michael Douglas also being honored. Elisabeth Moss won for best actress in the category for Top of the Lake. American Horror Story: Asylum swept the supporting performance categories, with wins for Zachary Quinto and Sarah Paulson.

There was a tie for best reality series, between Push Girls and Duck Dynasty. The Voice was named best reality competition series. Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron was chosen as the best reality host.

The competition also recognized several programs as the most exciting new series. These were The Bridge, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Masters of Sex, The Michael J. Fox Show, Ray Donovan and Under the Dome.