Golden Globe Countdown 2013

When it comes to TV, Golden Globe voters love their shiny new things. This year’s prime examples include major nominations for the debut seasons of HBO’s “The Newsroom” and “Girls,” NBC’s “Smash” and ABC’s “Nashville.”

Despite mixed reviews and much social media mockery, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” wrangled nods for best drama series and lead actor Jeff Daniels. Similar honors were expected for “Girls,” which landed best comedy series and lead actress recognition for Lena Dunham after nabbing five Emmy nominations earlier this year.

“Smash” overcame even harsher buzz than “Newsroom” to land a single nomination in the best comedy (or musical!) series category. The Globes’ fondness for musicals has been evident in film categories for years (where even flops like “Burlesque” and “Nine” become best picture contenders), and recently crept into the TV field with three consecutive nominations and two wins for “Glee.” But now “Glee” is out and “Smash” is in.

Country music soap “Nashville” likely could have qualified as a musical as well, but took its chances in the drama categories and wound up with noms for lead actress Connie Britton and supporting actress Hayden Panettiere. Three other first-year shows scored acting noms: HBO’s “Veep” for lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Showtime’s “House of Lies” for lead actor Don Cheadle and Starz’s “Magic City” for supporting actor Danny Huston. USA’s limited series “Political Animals” won’t be returning for more episodes on the cabler, but did pick up a Globe nod in the movie/miniseries category, while star Sigourney Weaver was nominated for lead actress.

Otherwise, the TV categories were dominated by series either relatively new to TV or new to Globe nominations. “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland” and “Episodes” all scored second nominations in their second seasons, while “Boardwalk Empire” picked up its third series nom in season three. Four consecutive nominations for “Modern Family” makes it the veteran of this year’s series nominees.

Arguably the biggest loser in the Globes’ trend toward the new: AMC’s acclaimed “Mad Men” was overlooked in the category of best drama series for the first time in its five-season run. Not being eligible for the award last year may have hurt. When “The Sopranos” skipped a season in 2005, its streak of series nominations ended at five and the show was shut out of the running in its final two years.

With “Mad Men” out, the Globes delivered a surprise first-ever nom for fellow AMC drama “Breaking Bad.” Also earning belated recognition from the Globes, CBS’ comedy smash “The Big Bang Theory” returned to the comedy series category for only the second time in its six-season run.

On the acting side, “Louie” star Louis C.K., “Downton Abbey” leading lady Michelle Dockery and “The Good Wife” supporting actress Archie Panjabi landed their first noms, and Glenn Close resurfaced in the lead actress in a drama competition for the final season of DirecTV’s “Damages,” after missing out on a nom for the previous two seasons.

Among the highest profile new series to be left out entirely of the Globe nominations are NBC’s “The New Normal” and “Go On,” Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” ABC’s “Last Resort” and CBS’ “Elementary” and “Vegas.”

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