Morning Shots: Critics Make Award Nominations, And Big Spelling Bee News This morning: The Television Critics Association makes its award nominations, Jeremy Renner eyes a Joss Whedon project, and we've got big news on coverage of the National Spelling Bee.
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Morning Shots: Critics Make Award Nominations, And Big Spelling Bee News

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The Television Critics Association (which, full disclosure, I belong to) has set its nominations for this summer's awards. As you'll see, Modern Family and Glee did very well, and Parks & Recreation nabbed a nomination for the brilliantly moustached Nick Offerman.

Whatever you think about the Jim Joyce blown-call story, one CNBC anchor would like you to know that being inadequately offended by it is one reason "women aren't in charge of sports."

Jeremy Renner (of The Hurt Locker) looks to be close to joining The Avengers, which will be directed by Joss Whedon. Slashfilm has more.

Forbes.com does a great job of explaining why the cast of The Big Bang Theory really isn't doing anything that remarkable by going for a 285 percent raise.

The Guardian has this essay on violence against women in movies, starting from the film The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba.

An interesting bit of research notes that user ratings of films on the Chinese equivalent of the Internet Movie Database tend to be less extreme than user ratings on the IMDB itself.

And now, an announcement: Tonight, I'm going to be liveblogging The Scripps National Spelling Bee when the final rounds begin airing on ABC at 8:00 p.m. We'll have space for your comments, so if you're planning on nerding out this evening like I am, join us. And if you need to brush up on the contestants, there's great coverage at A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago (an incredibly handy blog to follow, by the way). I'll also likely have some Twitter coverage of the rounds airing on ESPN this morning, starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.