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‘Big Bang’ lands HFPA love

Laffer is first multicamera comedy to get nom in five years

If anything, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is willing to revisit old agendas.

For years, the org has said it favors single-camera sitcoms rather than shows shot with a studio audience. No matter how popular skeins such as “Two and a Half Men” are, voters have often looked the other way.

Not this time. In selecting “The Big Bang Theory” as one of the top five comedies, the org did something it hasn’t done in five years — tab a multicamera comedy among the laffer elite.

It would’ve been hard to ignore the CBS show’s success, especially after it successfully moved to Thursday nights this fall. And the fact that the Globes were able to nominate the show before the Emmys probably didn’t hurt either.

“Big Bang” will now go up against “Glee,” the Fox skein for which the HFPA continues to sing its praises. The nom keeps up a two-year trend of touting a show that’s been the one true musical to land in the category — unless you count “Ally McBeal’s” occasional break out into song — since “Fame,” which won in 1982 and 1983.

A “Glee”-ful year indeed, the show leads the TV landscape with five noms.

NBC’s “30 Rock” and ABC’s “Modern Family” are the other repeats in the competitive but varied comedy contest, with four-times-nominated “Rock” trying for its second coup.

From a network perspective, Showtime fared best by boasting two inaugural entries, the dark comedies “Nurse Jackie” and “The Big C,” both of which explore two deadly, high-profile diseases.

“Entourage,” nominated six times prior, is a noticeable omission across the board, making room for fresher offerings, and perhaps signally a swift decline of a show that consistently delivered a tart and self-mocking look at Hollywood.

On the drama side, AMC’s critical darling “Mad Men” continues to bowl over Globe voters, outshining other series by scoring its fourth consecutive nomination and going for its fourth straight win. To succeed, however, Don Draper and Co. will have to out-tally Nucky Thompson and the often miscreant personalities of Prohibition era Atlantic City in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

CBS’ “The Good Wife” received its first nom for drama series and will compete against Showtime’s “Dexter.” The Michael C. Hall skein enjoys a third run in the category, reinforcing the innovative show’s staying power. And AMC, not content with only one nom, was thrilled to hear zombie tale “The Walking Dead” also make the list.

On the less receptive side — and proving that perhaps vampires do die — the Globes ousted HBO’s biting two-time nom “True Blood” from the category. With “Big Love” also missing out this year, HBO found more of its traction with its movies and series than with original series.

“‘True Blood’ fell victim to finding new things,” says one HFPA voter, “and those hot new things were ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘The Walking Dead.'”

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