‘Mad Men,’ ‘Modern Family’ top Critics’ picks

'Idol,' 'Hoarders,' 'Daily Show' among winners of inaugural TV kudos

AMC’s “Mad Men” and ABC’s “Modern Family” landed the top scripted series nods at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards on Monday.

Fox’s “American Idol” prevailed in the reality competition heat; A&E’s “Hoarders” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” tied in the other reality show category.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” took the trophy for talkshow.

The kudos were selected by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn., an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. The luncheon ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel was hosted by “So You Think You Can Dance’s” Cat Deeley.

Among performers, winners in the lead acting categories hewed closely to the results of other recent kudofests, including the Emmys and Golden Globes.

Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” won for lead drama actor; lead drama actress went to Julianna Margulies of CBS’ “The Good Wife.” On the comedy side, the lead nods went to Jim Parsons’ of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and “30 Rock’s” Tina Fey.

Supporting categories mixed it up a bit more. Margo Martindale of FX’s “Justified” and “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks tied in the drama actress competish, while “Fringe’s” John Noble won for drama actor. Neil Patrick Harris of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” won for comedy actor while Busy Philipps, of ABC’s “Cougar Town,” got the nod on the distaff side.

Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” won for reality show host.

The Critics’ Choice kudos also included an unconventional Most Exciting New Series category recognizing skeins bowing after June 1. Of the eight selections, only TNT’s “Falling Skies” has preemed.

The crix other picks were Fox dramas “Alcatraz” and “Terra Nova” and comedy “New Girl”; ABC laffer “Apartment 23”; NBC dramas “Awake” and “Smash”; and CW drama “Ringer.”