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Earlier this week I posted the nominees for the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards, but there was an interesting category for which they just couldn't tell us the nominees just yet...if nominees is even the right word. The category in question is the "Most Exciting New Series," which will promote, as the title suggests, brand-new series this season that deserve early recognition.

This raises the question: how can you judge a show that has yet to premiere? Well, the shows deemed worthy to be including in the Most Exciting New Series category were selected by the Broadcast TV Journalists Association (the television wing of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, who hold similar critics' awards to celebrate the best in film each year) after screening "all" this seasons' pilots.

Enough babbling, you want to know the nominees, right? They are:
  • FOX's Alcatraz
  • ABC's Apartment 23
  • NBC's Awake
  • TNT's Falling Skies
  • FOX's New Girl
  • The CW's Ringer
  • NBC's Smash
  • FOX's Terra Nova.
There will be no actual winner; instead, the shows will all be recognized at the show for their (presumed?) excellence. At the very least, this should provide a gauge on what shows might be worth a try this fall.