ABC comedy series "Modern Family" was the big story at Monday's announcement of the nominations for the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards.

The awards are an initiative of the Broadcast TV Journalists Association, a just-formed offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

"Modern Family" is nominated for Best Comedy Series, while cast members Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill and Eric Stonestreet are contenders in the categories of Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, respectively.

AMC's "Mad Men" garnered five nominations, followed by HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and NBC comedy "30 Rock" with four each.

The battle for Best Drama Series pits "Boardwalk Empire" and Mad Men" against "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," "Fringe," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife," "Justified," "The Killing" and "The Walking Dead."

In the comedy category, "Modern Family" is vying with "Archer," "The Big Bang Theory," "Community," "Glee," "Louie," "The Middle," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and "30 Rock."

The Critics' Choice Television Awards will be presented at a June 20 gala in Los Angeles hosted by Cat Deeley, herself a nominee in the Best Reality Show Host category for her work on "So You Think You Can Dance."