Several frosh series receive HFPA nods
The Golden Globes are poised for a “Glee”-peat. The Fox hit, which won the Globe for comedy-musical series this year, picked up five nominations Tuesday, the most of any program. But the Globes also made room for some newcomers, including HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Showtime’s “The Big C” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and left out some past faves including HBO’s “Entourage,” “Big Love” and “True Blood” and NBC’s “The Office.” And CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” finally cracked the award-season code in landing its first comedy series nom, as well as a first Globe nom for Jim Parsons (who took home the Emmy this year). The big smallscreen winner coming out of Tuesday’s nomination announcement was Showtime, which solidified its growing status as an awards powerhouse. The pay cabler scored more series noms than any other network — eight. HBO still landed the most bids of any net, with 12, thanks to its longform dominance. Because of their position in the middle of the TV season, the Globes have a reputation as the first to acknowledge rising series stars. This year, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” led all newbies with three noms. “Boardwalk” earned a spot in the drama series race, facing off against fellow frosh skein “The Walking Dead,” as well as Showtime’s “Dexter,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and this year’s winner, AMC’s “Mad Men.” “Mad Men” and “Dexter” are the lone carryovers from the previous drama competish, as Fox’s “House” and HBO’s “True Blood” and “Big Love” were left behind. “Boardwalk’s” tally included a drama actor nomination for star Steve Buscemi, as well as a supporting actress mention for Kelly Macdonald. Buscemi’s competition includes “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston, a three-time Emmy winner who hadn’t been in the Globes mix for the AMC drama until this year. (He was previously nommed for “Malcolm in the Middle.”) “Mad Men’s” nomination marked its fourth in a row — the first time any basic cable series has pulled off that streak. As for “Glee,” the series cleaned up with noms in the comedy or musical category, along with lead thesp contenders Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison and supporactor and actress mentions for Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch. “Glee” and “Big Bang” will face off against “The Big C,” as well as NBC’s “30 Rock,” ABC’s “Modern Family” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” That makes for six nominees in the category, due to a tie. It still didn’t leave room for “Entourage” and NBC’s “The Office,” both of which had been perennial Globe nominees. “The Big C” also conjured up a big nomination for star Laura Linney, who won a Globe in 2009 for “John Adams.” In the longform heat, Starz made its first big Globes showing with three bids for “Pillars of the Earth”: for best miniseries/movie and for stars Ian McShane and Hayley Atwell. HBO’s much-lauded “Temple Grandin” also scored three noms. Those two projects will compete against Sundance’s “Carlos,” and HBO’s “The Pacific” and “You Don’t Know Jack” in the movie/miniseries category. As usual, the Globes TV noms offered a mix of new blood and a few headscratchers. The strong showing for “Big C” surprised some, as the show hasn’t generated as much buzz as some laffers that didn’t make the cut, such as “Community.” “Covert Affairs” star Piper Perabo’s name also caught awards-watchers off guard, particularly given the thesps (including Anna Paquin and Glenn Close) who were contenders in the category at this year’s awards. The Globes finally got around to recognizing critical darling “Breaking Bad,” but only for star Cranston; the show still missed receiving a nom. And even though HBO’s “True Blood” remains a major franchise for the pay cabler, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members suddenly, and inexplicably, dropped the show from sight. “True Blood” scored noms for best drama and for star Paquin last time around, but on Tuesday it got a goose egg. Also mostly left out in the cold was FX, which earned just a single nod — for “Sons of Anarchy” actress Katey Sagal. “Anarchy” itself wasn’t nominated, just as it was also famously ignored by the Emmys, much to creator Kurt Sutter’s disappointment. Meanwhile, while several new cable series were recognized, the best that broadcast networks could muster for its frosh shows was a single nom — a supporting actor mention for “Hawaii Five-0” star Scott Caan. Idris Elba was another rookie face among the TV noms, landing a miniseries/movie acting nom for BBC America’s “Luther.” “Mad Men” thesp Elisabeth Moss bumped co-star January Jones out of the lead drama actress race this time around. Kyra Sedgwick, who recently announced she’ll be ending “The Closer” after next season, received a repeat nomination. This year’s lead drama actor and actress winners, “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies and “Dexter’s” Michael C. Hall, both return. And this year’s comedy lead actor winners, “United States of Tara’s” Toni Collette and “30 Rock’s” Alec Baldwin, also repeat their noms.