It was in with the new this year for Globes voters, who gave the lion’s share of their TV noms to frosh series.
A whopping nine rookie shows managed to get recognized, while long-running Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. faves like “Six Feet Under” and “The West Wing” were completely shut out.
“You tend to sense the Globes are a barometer of buzz in most regards,” says TV Guide critic Matt Roush. “This time the buzz surrounded some very worthy new shows. These nominations do seem like they’re well earned, as reflective of a significant fall season.”
Leading the pack was ABC megahit “Desperate Housewives,” which topped all program nominations with five — including a best comedy nom — outscoring perennial faves like “The Sopranos,” which ended up with four noms.
Other new shows scoring notices included HBO’s “Deadwood,” ABC’s “Lost” and “Boston Legal,” FX’s “Rescue Me” and NBC’s “Joey.” Even low-rated newcomers “Jack and Bobby” (WB) and “Huff” (Showtime) squeezed out noms.
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Meanwhile, in this year’s biggest surprise, HBO’s frosh Hollywood sendup “Entourage” landed two noms — one was for best comedy — beating out such stalwarts as “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
“The Globes pride themselves on being hip, but the ‘Entourage’ nominations prove that they’re trying real hard in being ahead of the pack,” says awards analyst Tom O’Neil.
While the TV academy’s Globes have always been ahead of the curve.
The Globes tend to mix things up every year In fact, over the past decade, only “Sex and the City” has won a best-series award more than twice.
And Globe voters frequently nominate (and even award) new shows before anyone else. Last year, the Globes gave the top comedy prize to BBC America’s “The Office.”
Part of the attraction to that new series smell comes from the timing of the awards. With the new TV season just three months old, the Globes are a new show’s first crack at kudos (with the Emmys and critics awards not in the mix until after the season’s over).
“The Globes get the new fall season shows first,” O’Neil notes. “While the Emmy is so skewed toward the establishment.”
That’s not to say the Globes don’t have their own peculiarities. The kudofest seems stuck on “Will & Grace,” which has been nominated 26 times through the years in various categories — all without a win, a Globe record for futility.
And in a rare reversal of fortune, the Globes were trumped by the Emmys this year in honoring critical fave “Arrested Development.” That laffer was nommed for a best laffer Globe last year, but was beat by “The Office” — opening the door for the TV acad to honor the show first.
“That allowed the Emmys to outhip the Globes, which rarely happens,” O’Neil says.
HFPA voters also just can’t say goodbye to “Sex and the City.” While the Globes almost never nominate a series once it’s departed from the airwaves, the Sarah Jessica Parker skein managed to still eke out a best comedy nom this year.
“Normally, Globe voters snub veteran and departing series, as they did with ‘Friends’ and ‘Frasier,'” O’Neil says. “Yet, ‘Sex and the City’ was still there. Often the stars of existing shows are nominated, but not the shows themselves. It’s a rare tribute to see ‘Sex’ in the lineup.”
But for the most part, returning shows had a tough time elbowing out the newcomers. There was no sign of CBS audience faves “CSI,” “Without a Trace” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” for example. apparently isn’t the case at the HFPA.
And the complete shutout of “Six Feet Under” was another stunner.
“Looks like the critics’ buzz is true: ‘Six Feet Under’ is dead and buried,” O’Neil says. “Even last year’s best actress champ, Frances Conroy, wasn’t nommed.”
Despite the sentimentality over “Sex and the City,” “Desperate Housewives” seems a shoo-in to win the comedy Globe.
In addition to the nom for comedy series, most of the “Housewives” ended up with mentions as stars — Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross all snagged comedy actress noms. Nicollette Sheridan, meanwhile, also earned a nom in the catch-all supporting actress category.
Castmate Eva Longoria was conspicuously missing from the nominations.
“How could the Globes, who are the ultimate trendoid trackers, miss the hippest, sexiest housewife of them all?” O’Neil wonders.
While Emmy awarded James Spader and William Shatner statues last year for their work on “The Practice,” the thesps will get their first shot at awards recognition for spin-off “Boston Legal,” having both been nommed for Globes.
Matt LeBlanc is also still in the trophy mix, having been nominated in the best comedy actor category for his starring role in NBC’s “Joey.” (He made the cut last year as the only cast member recognized from “Friends.”)
LeBlanc scored the only nom for “Joey,” as HFPA voters decided to recognize his co-worker, Drea De Matteo, for her supporting work on “The Sopranos” instead.
New drama “Deadwood” picked up two noms, one for best drama and the another for star Ian McShane, who’s up for best drama actor.
Another critically acclaimed newcomer, FX’s “Rescue Me,” earned its one nom thanks to Denis Leary, competing with McShane in the drama actor category.
“Jack and Bobby” landed its single nom through star Christine Lahti, who earned a nom for best drama actress. “Huff” was singled out for co-star Oliver Platt, who’s up for best supporting actor in a TV program.
Jeremy Piven will face off with Platt in the category; he’s nominated for his work on the frosh HBO comedy “Entourage.”
Then there’s new drama phenom “Lost,” which earned a best drama nomination — and is a serious contender for the award. Yet the show failed to score any notice for its break-out cast.
Still, “the Globes did an impressive job welcoming new beats from across the board,” O’Neil says.