Once again, cable dominated the broadcast competition on the TV side of the Golden Globe. With an impressive 35 noms (though five less than last year), cable outdistanced the 17 nods notched by the broadcast nets.
HBO ruled with 17 noms, receiving three in the telepic and miniseries with “Grey Gardens,” “Into the Storm” and “Taking Chance,” all of which were Emmy nominated last year (and “Grey Gardens” winning). Other cable outlets — Lifetime, AMC, Showtime, FX and TNT — brought in a total tally of 16 noms.
Lifetime received four noms — a Golden Globe record for that femme-skewing cabler — for its bio-pics “Georgia O’Keefe and “Prayers for Bobby,” the latter starring Sigourney Weaver, who was also nominated.
AMC’s highly popular “Mad Men,” a two-time Globes winner (2008-09), earned three noms including top drama and lead actor, Jon Hamm, who won in 2008. January Jones, who plays Hamm’s conflicted wife on the skein, is again tapped for lead actress with strong competition coming from such Globe-nominated perennials as HBO’s Anna Paquin (“True Blood”), FX’s Glenn Close (“Damages”) and TNT’s Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”).
Showtime picked up six noms, two for “Dexter,” which just finished its fourth season with record ratings. Laffers “United States of Tara” and “Nurse Jackie” each earned a nod for its respective lead actresses, Toni Collette and Edie Falco. FX came in with three nods for “Damages.”
On the broadcast side, two freshmen, Fox’s “Glee” and ABC’s “Modern Family,” have broken into the exclusive comedy club of such Golden Globes all-stars as NBC’s “30 Rock” and “The Office,” and HBO’s “Entourage.” Both “Modern Family” and “Glee” are ratings hits for their nets and, ironically, their inclusion could help NBC draw viewers to the kudocast.
Besides “Modern Family,” ABC smiled on the nod for “Cougar Town” star Courtney Cox. The Globes are known for relishing high-profile nominees, and few were bigger than Cox when she co-starred on NBC’s “Friends” during the 1990s.
Overall, Fox was the hands-down winner in broadcast with six noms. “Glee” earned four, with three of its thesps — Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch — getting recognized. Vet medical drama “House” and star Hugh Laurie were also tabbed.
Three noms for “30 Rock” was all NBC could muster, while CBS, never a Globes fave, earned only a single nom: Julianna Margulies, star of the popular procedural “The Good Wife.”
As it often does, HFPA extended an invite to a handful of new shows that are creating ratings and critical buzz. Which doesn’t mean that the HBO guys aren’t losing any sleep.