'Newsroom,' 'Nashville,' 'Smash' among newbies snagging key noms

Golden Globe voters have shaken up the status quo, handing key noms to newbie series including “Girls,” “Nashville,” “The Newsroom” and “Smash” and leaving “Mad Men” out of the drama race for the first time in the show’s history.

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” earned its first-ever Globe series nom from Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voters for its much-praised fifth season.

HBO’s “Game Change” led the pack of TV nominees with five bids, followed by “Homeland” with four. PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” HBO telepic “The Girl” and ABC’s “Modern Family” each nabbed three.

Contenders alongside “Breaking Bad” for the drama series trophy are HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Newsroom,” “Downton Abbey” and Showtime’s “Homeland,” which won the 2012 Globe in the category and triumphed in this year’s Emmy derby.

The absence of “Mad Men” is a big surprise given the show’s consistent kudos traction, most recently earlier this week from the AFI. “Mad Men” was ineligible for the 2012 Globe race because of the 16-month hiatus between its fourth and fifth seasons, but it has earned a top drama series nom for its four previous seasons, winning the trophy in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Kudos observers were surprised that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” didn’t get a second straight nom for drama series nor any acting noms. And some thought that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” had a shot at series or acting mentions, if only for the show’s record-setting ratings heat. HBO comedy “Enlightened” is also out of the running, even after star Laura Dern won for lead actress this year.

NBC’s ambitious tuner-drama “Smash” vied with ABC’s Music City-set sudser “Nashville” for frosh drama series attention from Globes voters. “Smash” got the series nom spotlight, while “Nashville” grabbed acting bids for stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

“Smash” and HBO’s “Girls” add new blood to the comedy/musical series category, where the competition is CBS vet “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family” and Showtime’s “Episodes.”

“Mad Men’s” sole nom came for Jon Hamm in the lead drama actor heat. “Newsroom’s” Jeff Daniels is the new face in that race. “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi, “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston and “Homeland’s” Damian Lewis round out the category. There was no return trip for the 2012 winner, Kelsey Grammer, whose drama “Boss” was just axed after two seasons by Starz.

Two first-time Globe nominees — “Nashville’s” Britton and “Downton’s” Michelle Dockery — are new entrants in the lead drama actress race. Glenn Close of DirecTV’s “Damages” and “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies are also back in the hunt along with this year’s winner, Claire Danes of “Homeland.”

On the comedy side, Lena Dunham, the auteur of “Girls,” is the only frosh nominee in the lead actress race. Julia Louis-Dreyfus made the cut for HBO’s “Veep,” for which she won the Emmy in September. Back again are “New Girl’s” Zooey Deschanel and the co-hosts of the January Globes kudocast: “30 Rock’s” Tina Fey and “Parks and Recreation’s” Amy Poehler.

Don Cheadle of Showtime’s “House of Lies” and Louis C.K. of FX’s “Louie” are new factors in the lead comedy actor race. This year’s winner, Matt LeBlanc of “Episodes,” is back for more, as is “30 Rock’s’ Alec Baldwin and “Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons.

USA Network’s “Political Animals” was recognized in the movie and miniseries category. BBC America’s “The Hour” landed its second straight nom. History’s “Hatfields and McCoys” is in the hunt alongside the HBO duo “Game Change” and “The Girl.”

HBO’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn” made Nicole Kidman a double nominee this year (in addition to her film supporting actress bid for “The Paperboy”). Her competish in the longform lead actress race is Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story: Asylum,” Sienna Miller for “The Girl,” Julianne Moore for “Game Change” and Sigourney Weaver for “Political Animals.”

Kevin Costner may have a Globe trophy to add to the Emmy he won in September for “Hatfields and McCoys.” Vying against him for lead actor honors are Benedict Cumberbatch for PBS’ “Sherlock,” “Game Change’s” Woody Harrelson, “The Girl’s” Toby Jones and Clive Owen for “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”

In the Globes’ grabbag category for supporting thesps that covers series and longform programs, “Nashville’s” Panettiere is a new face among kudos vets like “Downton’s” Maggie Smith. Sarah Paulson is up for “Game Change,” Archie Panjabi for “Good Wife” and Sofia Vergara for “Modern Family.”

It’s pathos and bathos on the guy side as well. “New Girl’s” Max Greenfield and “Modern Family’s” Eric Stonestreet will contend with Ed Harris of “Game Change,” Danny Huston for Starz’s “Magic City” and Mandy Patinkin for “Homeland.”

Among the nets, HBO collected a total of 17 bids. Showtime was No. 2 with seven, followed by ABC (five), CBS, NBC and PBS with four apiece.

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