In advance of the fourth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, set to air live on the CW June 19 from the Beverly Hilton, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association unveiled its list in the Most Exciting New Series category, Deadline.com reports.
The list, which gives a nod mainly to upcoming shows, is expanded to seven entries this year, up from six a year ago. The seven shows are all on different networks, and "underlying the struggles of the comedy genre, all shows on the list are dramas," Deadline notes.
"The list is dominated by genre series, horror ('Penny Dreadful,' 'The Strain'), sci-fi ('Extant,' 'The Leftovers') and fantasy/time travel ('Outlander'). It includes two series that already have premiered, Showtime’s 'Penny Dreadful,' which already has been renewed for a second season, and AMC’s period drama 'Halt and Catch Fire,'" the story reports.
The recognition for CBS's "Extant" marks a repeat for Steven Spielberg, whose CBS summer show "Under the Dome" made the list last year.
"Extant" is one of only two broadcast series on the list, the other bing Fox's fall show "Gotham," a "Batman" prequel.
"The other entries are from former 'Lost' co-showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse: Lindelof’s HBO series 'The Leftovers' and Cuse’s FX collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, 'The Strain,'" the story reports. "In addition to 'Under the Dome,' last year’s most exciting new shows category featured 'Ray Donovan,' 'Masters of Sex,' 'The Bridge,' 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'The Michael J. Fox Show.'"
The organization also announced today that Ryan Murphy will receive the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award, which went to Bob Newhart last year.