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ABC steals HBO thunder

New skeins bring Alphabet 9 noms; HBO tops with 20

HOLLYWOOD — Summing up this year’s Golden Globes TV noms is as simple as ABC.

The formerly desperate network didn’t garner the most mentions — HBO maintained its domination, topping the competition with 20. But thanks to new hours “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and “Boston Legal,” the Alphabet nabbed nine noms and stole the sizzle, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. once again lived up to its rep for acknowledging small-screen newcomers.

“Desperate Housewives” led the series noms with five, outscoring perennial Globe and Emmy leaders such as “The Sopranos” (which had four) and “Six Feet Under,” which was shut out.

ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson said recognition from the HFPA and critics is an important part of the web’s rebuilding.

“It’s all part of the equation,” he said, praising the producers and performers on nommed shows as well as the efforts of both ABC and Touchstone Television. “It’s terrific to have this recognition at the end of what’s been a good beginning to the road back for ABC.”

In addition to the nom for comedy series, many of “DH’s” main cast members got mentions. Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross snagged comedy actress noms, while Nicollette Sheridan earned a nom in the catch-all supporting actress in a series or longform category.

But, in a scandal worthy of Wisteria Lane, one of the show’s fab four — Eva Longoria — was snubbed. The show’s male supporting players also were overlooked.

“DH” creator Marc Cherry said he got up at 5:30 a.m. Monday to watch the nominations. “I was doing a happy dance with my cat,” he said.

“DH” producer Touchstone Television made the decision to submit the show as a comedy rather than a drama because according to a studio spokeswoman, it felt that this season it would be “tougher to compete with strict dramas like ‘The Sopranos’ ” than face laffers such as “Sex and the City,” according to a studio spokeswoman (Daily Variety, Nov. 17).

HBO also benefited from the Globes’ affinity for the new as “Deadwood” and “Entourage” earned noms.

HBO again dominated the longform arena as well. “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” earned four noms, while “Iron Jawed Angels” snagged three, tying it with Showtime’s “The Lion in Winter.” HBO’s Emmy-winning “Something the Lord Made” earned two noms.

Basic cabler FX did extremely well, earning six noms, including three for drama “Nip/Tuck.” Jamie Foxx copped one of his three noms for his role in FX’s “Redemption,” while “The Shield” and “Rescue Me” earned noms for stars Michael Chiklis and Denis Leary, respectively.

Some NBC warhorses continued to perform, with “Will & Grace” snagging three noms — the only Peacock project to score multiple noms. “Scrubs” and “Law & Order: SVU” each drew acting noms, while old friend Matt LeBlanc earned a nom for his new show, “Joey.”

Fox’s Emmy-winning laffer “Arrested Development” scored two noms, including a mention for Jason Bateman in the comedy actor category.

Globes voters looked deep to single out Christine Lahti’s perf in the WB’s low-rated frosh drama “Jack & Bobby” and Oliver Platt for work in Showtime’s ratings-challenged “Huff.”

In the comedy competish, “Desperate Housewives” and surprise entry “Entourage” will compete against Fox’s Emmy winner “Arrested Development,” HBO’s retired Globe favorite “Sex and the City” and NBC’s perennial nominee — but never winner — “Will & Grace.”

Last year’s winner, BBC America’s “The Office,” didn’t produce any new episodes and wasn’t eligible.

Notable snubs on the comedy side included “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Friends,” which garnered no noms whatsoever. And CBS, which is dominating the ratings this season, was virtually overlooked by the HFPA. Eye snagged just one nom, with Blythe Danner singled out for her perf in the telepic “Back When We Were Grownups.”

On the drama side, “Deadwood” and “Lost” will face off against last year’s winner, Fox’s “24,” as well as FX’s “Nip/Tuck” and the return of “The Sopranos” (which wasn’t eligible for the award last year).

Surprisingly, while ABC’s red-hot “Lost” snagged a drama series nom, its cast was completely ignored. Instead, James Spader and William Shatner — last season’s Emmy winners for “The Practice” — scored lead actor and supporting actor (drama) noms for their work in ABC’s “Practice” spinoff “Boston Legal.”

Spader will face off against “The Shield’s” Chiklis — the only drama actor nominee to return from last year’s pack — as well as “Rescue Me’s” Leary, “Nip/Tuck’s” Julian McMahon and “Deadwood’s” Ian McShane.

Among drama actresses, only Jennifer Garner (“Alias”) and Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) return from last year’s batch. Joining the group are Lahti, Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) and Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”).

On the comedy actress side, the three “Desperate Housewives” thesps will face off against last year’s winner, “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker, and “Will & Grace’s” Debra Messing.

Cherry doesn’t envision any sibling rivalry, even though three “DH” thesps will be competing against one anther in the actress category.

“Our women are all remarkably well behaved,” he said. “They all love their jobs and are honored to be nominated. And we’ll all be clapping mightily as Sarah Jessica Parker takes home the Golden Globe.”

In the catch-all supporting thesp categories, “DH’s” Sheridan will compete with Drea De Matteo (“The Sopranos”), Anjelica Huston (“Iron Jawed Angels”) and “Life and Death of Peter Sellers” castmates Charlize Theron and Emily Watson on the femme side.

Among supporting actor nominees, “Will & Grace’s” Sean Hayes returns, joined by “The Sopranos'” Michael Imperioli and “Entourage’s” Jeremy Piven, plus Shatner and Platt.

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