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‘Big Bang Theory’ tops honors at Critics Choice TV Awards

City News Service | 6/11/2013, 10 a.m.
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was named as best comedy series and cast members Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg also ...
"The Big Bang Theory" cast.

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was named as best comedy series and cast members Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg also won awards at tonight’s third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Helberg was named best supporting actor in a comedy series while Cuoco tied with Eden Sher from ABC’s “The Middle” for best supporting actress in a comedy series in the ceremony at The Beverly Hilton hosted by “Parks and Recreation” actress Retta.

“The Big Bang Theory” topped FX’s “Louie”; “The Middle”; Fox’s “New Girl”; NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and HBO’s “Veep” to win for best comedy series.

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” tied for best drama series. The field also included FX’s “The Americans”; “Downton Abbey,” of the Public Broadcasting Service; CBS’ “The Good Wife”; and Showtime’s “Homeland.”

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston was named best actor in a drama series for the second consecutive year. “Louie” star Louie C.K. won for best actor in a comedy for the second consecutive year.

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named best actress in a comedy series. Tatiana Maslany of BBC America’s “Orphan Black” won for best actress in a drama series.

HBO’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” was named best movie or miniseries and its star, Michael Douglas was named best actor in a movie or miniseries.

Named as most exciting new series were FX’s “The Bridge”; ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan”; NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show”; and CBS’ “Under the Dome.”

HBO received five awards, FX four and CBS and NBC three each.

Bob Newhart received the Critics’ Choice Television Icon Award.

ABC Family’s “Bunheads” received the Critics’ Choice Inspiration Award, which honors a series for illuminating the fine arts in its subject matter and production methods.

The awards honored programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, except for the most exciting new series, which are shows premiering after June 1, 2013.

Here is the complete list of winners:

BEST COMEDY SERIES

• “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

• Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

• Simon Helberg, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (TIE)

• Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS

• Eden Sher, “The Middle,” ABC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES

• Patton Oswalt, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC

BEST DRAMA SERIES (TIE)

• “Breaking Bad,” AMC

• “Game of Thrones,” HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

• Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

• Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black,” BBC America

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

• Michael Cudlitz, “Southland,” TNT

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

• Monica Potter, “Parenthood,” NBC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

• Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom,” HBO

BEST MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

• “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

• Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

• Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake,” Sundance

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

• Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

• Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX

BEST REALITY SERIES (TIE)

• “Duck Dynasty,” A&E

• “Push Girls,” Sundance

BEST REALITY SERIES - COMPETITION

• “The Voice,” NBC

BEST REALITY HOST

• Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC

BEST TALK SHOW

• “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

• “Archer,” FX