- - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

“Homeland” was honored Monday night as best drama series at the second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Coming on the heels of its Golden Globe victory in January, the win positions the Showtime series as a serious contender for the Emmy Awards in September, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The thriller, which premiered in October, also won an award for star Claire Danes as best actress in a drama series.

NBC was the most-honored network with five wins at the awards show held at the Beverly Hilton, including “Community” as best comedy series, “The Voice” as best reality competition series and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” as best talk show.

Amy Poehler was named best actress in a comedy series for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” in a tie with Zooey Deschanel, who won for her lead role on Fox’s “New Girl.”

Arsenio Hall and George Lopez during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 31, 2011. The Lakers won 110-82. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Bryan Cranston was named best actor in a drama series for AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which also won for Giancarlo Esposito as best supporting actor in a drama series.

Christina Hendricks was named best supporting actress in a drama series for her work on AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Louis C.K. was honored as best actor in a comedy series for FX’s “Louie.” Best supporting actor in a comedy series went to Ty Burrell for ABC’s “Modern Family,” which also won best supporting actress in a comedy for Julie Bowen.

The best movie/miniseries award was given to “Sherlock,” which aired on PBS. Its star, Benedict Cumberbatch, won best actor in a movie/miniseries.

Julianne Moore was honored as best actress in a movie/miniseries for her role as Sarah Palin in HBO’s “Game Change.”

For best guest performer, Lucy Liu won for TNT’s “Southland” and Paul Rudd for “Parks and Recreation.”

“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” which airs on Travel Channel, was named best reality series. Tom Bergeron of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and Cat Deeley of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” tied as best reality show host. FX’s “Archer” was named best animated series.

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards are presented by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association, a group that includes TV, radio and Internet journalists and is a partner organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The show included six new categories in its second outing: best movie/miniseries, best actor and actress in a movie/miniseries, best animated series and best guest performer in a drama and in a comedy.

While the inaugural show aired on ReelzChannel and was streamed by VH1, this year’s show was not televised.

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