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Fifth Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards To Be Broadcast Live on May 31

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) today announced that The Fifth Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards will be broadcast live on A&E from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, May 31, 2015 (8 p.m. ETPT). A&E will also air a one-hour Red Carpet Special preceding the awards show.

"The Critics' Choice Television Awards is the kickoff for the television award season and as we celebrate our fifth anniversary we're astounded by the response we've had from the community," said Joey Berlin, president of BTJA. "The television industry is at the top of its game right now and we are proud to help the public, the industry and Emmy voters identify the shows they don't want to miss."

Best known for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, now going into its 21st year, the Broadcast Film Critics Association established BTJA and the Critics' Choice Television Awards in 2011 on behalf of television journalists working in electronic media to celebrate outstanding work in television. In addition to honoring the best shows and performers from the previous season, the CCTAs also spotlight the Most Exciting New Series premiering after May 31, 2015, judging from pilots and early episodes.

The Critics' Choice Television Awards will honor programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015 in the following categories:

COMEDY SERIES

· Best Comedy Series

· Best Actor

· Best Actress

· Best Supporting Actor

· Best Supporting Actress

· Best Guest Performer

DRAMA SERIES

· Best Drama Series

· Best Actor

· Best Actress

· Best Supporting Actor

· Best Supporting Actress

· Best Guest Performer

MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

· Best Movie Made for Television

· Best Limited Series

· Best Actor

· Best Actress

· Best Supporting Actor

· Best Supporting Actress

REALITY SERIES

· Best Reality Series

· Best Reality-Competition Series

· Best Reality Host

BEST TALK SHOW

Daytime as well as late night shows are included in this category.

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

MOST EXCITING NEW SERIES

Honoring shows premiering after May 31, 2015.

CRITICS' CHOICE LOUIS XIII GENIUS AWARD

Honoring an individual's excellence in the television industry.

The BTJA Executive Board includes: Michael Ausiello (TVLine), Joey Berlin (BFCA/BTJA), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Jenna Busch (Voice.Fan.TV), John De Simio (BFCA/BTJA), Sam Rubin (KTLA-TV), Jarett Wieselman (BuzzFeed) and Lisa Johnson Mandell (Cumulus Radio). The organization currently has 88 voting members.

BTJA members will begin consideration immediately. The Critics' Choice Television Awards nominees will publicly be announced on May 6. The Most Exciting New Series will be announced May 18. Final voting in all other categories will take place May 27-29. Winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Television Awards gala on May 31, live on A&E. The Critics' Choice Television Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions. The Red Carpet Special will be produced by Brad Lachman Productions.

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