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TV Critics nom ‘Family’

ABC comedy leads nominees with four nods

ABC’s breakout hit “Modern Family” leads this year’s crop of TV Critics Assn. Award nominees with five mentions, while AMC’s critical darling “Breaking Bad” drew the most among dramas with four bids.

“Modern Family’s” noms include two in the individual achievement in comedy category — for Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet. Show was also nominated for new program, comedy and program of the year.

Meanwhile, retiring series “Lost,” “24” and “Law and Order” will all battle for the org’s heritage award, alongside “MASH” and “Twin Peaks.”

“Lost” did well in its final year of eligibility, picking up nominations for drama and program of the year.

Contenders alongside “Modern Family” in the comedy category are Fox’s “Glee,” NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Starz’s “Party Down” and CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” On the drama side, “Breaking Bad” and “Lost” are up against AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and CBS’ “The Good Wife.”

Joining “Lost” and “Modern Family” in the program of the year heat are “Breaking Bad,” DirecTV/NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and “Glee.” “Glee” also joins “Modern Family” and “Good Wife” in the new program competish alongside FX’s “Justified” and NBC’s “Parenthood.”

HBO dominated the longform field with noms for “Temple Grandin,” “You Don’t Know Jack” and “The Pacific.” Discovery Channel’s “Life” and BBC America’s “Torchwood: Children of the Earth” round out the category. Kudos will be handed out July 31 during the org’s summer press tour at the BevHilton.

Visit the On the Air blog for a complete list of nominees.

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