Critics’ Choice TV Awards For ‘Most Exciting New Series’ Show Little Diversity; But Halle Berry Makes The Cut!
It’s easy to get lost in the hundreds of TV and movie awards shows in existence in this country. From the Oscars to the MTV Movie Awards to the Young Hollywood Awards; coming up in August (I joke not) the X-Rated Critics Organization’s Heart-On Awards. I could put in a joke about big egos here, but they’ve stopped being funny a long, long time ago. Sort of like the Scary Movie franchise.
Anyway, one of the litany of awards shows that have managed to rise above the fray in terms of respectability and attention since debuting in 2010 is the Critics Choice TV Awards. Although the show airs next Thursday night on the CW (hosted by the sometimes-funny Cedric the Entertainer), the Broadcast Television Journalists Association revealed the seven TV shows selected for their Most Exciting New Series category. And here they are (below):
- Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
- The Strain (FX)
- Extant (CBS)
- The Leftovers (HBO)
- Outlander (Starz)
- Gotham (Fox)
- Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
The list is heavy on geeky (or geek created) projects, which I’m definitely not gonna complain about. Anything ran by the ever capable and ever awesome hands of Guillermo del Toro will be brilliant and very much worth watching, so make sure you check out the vampire thriller series, The Strain. The list is also, fairly light on any women or people of color with major roles, with exception to Extant (starring Halle Berry), and Halt and Catch Fire. You could also put Gotham as an exception due to Jada Pinkett-Smith, who’s playing a mob boss on the show. But it’s up for debate whether she’ll actually last past the first season. I hope so because I’d love to see her summon her inner badass in a role again which she hasn’t really done since the Matrix Revolutions.
Most of the shows on the list, outside of Halt and Catch Fire and Penny Dreadful, have yet to premiere. The Leftovers debuts on HBO June 29th, followed by Extant on CBS July 19th, The Strain on FX 4 days later, and finally Outlander on Starz August 9th. If last year is any indication, 6 out of these 7 series will probably end up being good or at least decent.
Check out the trailer for Extant below: