Frosh dramas, comedies make strong showing

It was out with the old and in with the new on the TV side of the Golden Globes. The kudocast saw an aggressive reshuffling of the decks across categories that injected plenty of fresh blood, including many rookie series.

HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” the reigning drama series champ, is back again, but it is the lone returning entrant. The other four are all frosh: HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” FX’s “American Horror Story” and Starz’s “Boss.”

With CBS’”The Good Wife” failing to nab a repeat nomination, the dramas will be entirely represented by cable series.

Broadcast fared a bit better on the comedy side, where Fox will see this year’s winner, “Glee,” return and add another in rookie series “New Girl.” ABC’s “Modern Family” is back as well but alongside some dark-horse contenders — HBO’s “Enlightened” and Showtime’s “Episodes” — that managed to knock out some broadcast favorites: NBC’s “30 Rock” and CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.”

HBO had its typically strong showing overall, nabbing 18 nominations — half of which came in movies/miniseries categories, led by four for “Mildred Pierce.” Only PBS’ “Downton Abbey” had as many noms. “Mildred Pierce” made Globes fave Kate Winslet a double nominee, as she also drew a mention for film comedy actress for “Carnage.”

Among series, there was no one dominant player, with “Boardwalk Empire,” “Modern Family” and “Homeland” each grabbing three. Showtime drew all eight of its noms in series categories, second in total only to HBO.

In the comedy thesping heat, “Big Bang” was knocked for a loop in the lead actor category, where this year’s winner, Jim Parsons, didn’t get a nomination, but his co-star, Johnny Galecki, did. He’s joined by “30 Rock’s” Alec Baldwin and “Hung’s” Thomas Jane, as well as two entrants from Showtime: David Duchovny for “Californication” and Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes.”

For lead comedy actress, the reigning winner Laura Linney returns again for Showtime’s “The Big C.” Laura Dern of “Enlightened,” Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation” and Zooey Deschanel of “New Girl” round out the category. Notably absent is Edie Falco, a kudos darling for Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.”

Perhaps the biggest surprise in the thesping categories was the shutout for “Glee,” which earned the most nominations of any series last year. The four actors who were nominated, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer, didn’t get invited back to compete.

The drama actress category kept to the Globes’ upheaval theme by returning only “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies and bringing in two contenders who were on few shortlists to get a nomination: Madeleine Stowe of the new ABC sudser “Revenge” and Callie Thorne of USA’s “Necessary Roughness.” They’re joined by two more expected rookies, Mireille Enos of AMC’s “The Killing” and Claire Danes of Showtime’s “Homeland.” Danes is a Globes fave who won this year in the miniseries category for her turn in HBO’s “Temple Grandin.”

Kelsey Grammer earned his first Globe nom since 2002, and his first lead drama actor bid, for his turn as the tyrannical politician in Starz’s “Boss.” “Homeland’s” Damian Lewis is another new face in the category, rounded out by Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire,” Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” and Jeremy Irons for Showtime’s “The Borgias.”

Competing against “Downton Abbey” and “Mildred Pierce” in the longform heat are HBO’s “Too Big to Fail” and “Cinema Verite” and BBC America mini “The Hour.”

PBS and BBC America also fielded other players, with Idris Elba of BBC America’s “Luther” returning to the longform actor category, which also welcomed Bill Nighy of PBS’ “Page Eight.” The rest were William Hurt (“Fail”), Hugh Bonneville (“Abbey”) and Dominic West (“The Hour”).

“The Hour,” which re-created the 1950s British news biz, also saw Romola Garai recognized in the miniseries/movie actress category. In the race as well are Winslet, Diane Lane (“Verite”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Abbey”) and Emily Watson of Sundance Channel’s “Appropriate Adult.”

In the supporting acting categories, where series talent intermingles with longform thesps, “Modern Family” showed its strength, with Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet returning. Stonestreet will face off against Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) and three longform players: Paul Giamatti of “Too Big to Fail,” Guy Pearce of “Mildred Pierce” and Tim Robbins of “Cinema Verite.” Vying against Vergara are Jessica Lange of “American Horror Story,” Kelly Macdonald of “Boardwalk Empire,” Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey” and Evan Rachel Wood of “Mildred Pierce.”

“American Horror Story” joins a list of rookie shows that should get a nice jolt of fresh attention from the public after scoring dual noms for both series and acting honors, including Fox’s “New Girl,” Starz’s “Boss,” HBO’s “Enlightened” and Showtime’s “Episodes.”

While AMC was expected to lighten its statuette load given “Mad Men” was ineligible for the Globes race this year, it may have hoped for a better showing given “The Killing” and “Breaking Bad” drew only one nomination apiece while “The Walking Dead” was shut out entirely.

Ditto for FX, which saw no love for “Justified,” “Louie” and “Sons of Anarchy.” Other notable omissions were “Friday Night Lights,” “The Office” and “Dexter.”

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