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ABC’s dramas and comedies dominated the 2007 Golden Globe TV series noms, but there was plenty of good news for HBO, NBC and Showtime as well.
As usual, HBO scored more noms than any other net — but its tally of 14 was due largely to the performance of longform productions such as “Elizabeth I,” “Mrs. Harris” and “Tsunami, the Aftermath.”
Alphabet’s second-place 11 noms, by contrast, were all for its weekly series. Net’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and Showtime’s hourlong comedy/drama “Weeds” led all series, with four apiece.
NBC, which had lost its mantle as the “quality” network, continues to make strides toward reclaiming its award-friendly rep, scoring a total of nine noms. Its tally includes mentions for newcomers “Heroes,” “30 Rock” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”
It was also a breakthrough year for Showtime, which doubled last year’s haul to garner six noms for three projects. In addition to “Weeds,” net scored mentions for Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell: American Terror”).
Overall, Globes voters spread out their noms more evenly than last year, when HBO dominated with 18 noms and ABC was right behind with with 17 noms.
While CBS Corp. topper Leslie Moonves will no doubt be pleased by the Showtime showing, awards voters continue to turn up their noses at CBS, TV’s most-watched network. Eye’s lone nom was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for “Old Christine.”
And newbie net CW garnered no noms– a snub that predecessors WB and UPN endured for much of their run.
Globes voters, known for their willingness to honor frosh skeins, played it a bit safer this year. “Heroes,” ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and HBO’s “Big Love” snagged two noms each, but the other skeins in their first year of Globe eligibility — “30 Rock,” “Studio 60,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and “Dexter” — settled for just one nom each.
And rather being a trendsetter in the case of “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Emmy voters got to the show first, having awarded star Julia Louis-Dreyfus a statuette in August.
TV thesps receiving their first Globe nom are America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”), Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Sarah Paulson (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”), Matthew Perry (“The Ron Clark Story”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), Masi Oka (“Heroes”), Emily Blunt (“Gideon’s Daughter”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Tsunami, The Aftermath”), Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell”) and Sophie Okonedo (“Tsunami”).
One of the year’s most critically hailed newcomers — NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” — was shutout by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. And though Sarah Paulson put “Studio 60” on the map with a supporting actress nom, the Globes didn’t nominate the series for best drama and overlooked Matthew Perry’s perf in the skein.
(Perry, who helped announce Thursday’s noms, did get nominated for his work in TNT’s “The Ron Clark Story.”)
On the flip side, Globes voters also mostly eschewed long-running skeins, including one-time faves such as “The Sopranos” (which picked up just one nom, for actress Edie Falco) and “Nip/Tuck.”
Fox earned three noms: two for “24” and one for “House.”
“The Office” received its first series Golden Globe nod– with an asterisk. The British version of “The Office” won the Globe for comedy in 2004.
NBC U can make a claim to having the funniest men in TV: All five comedy actor noms are for Peacock-owned nets.
Among longform projects, HBO’s “Elizabeth I,” “Mrs. Harris” and “Tsunami, the Aftermath” all scored three noms a piece — as did AMC’s critically hailed oater “Broken Trail.”
For miniseries, broadcast, ad-supported cable and pay TV are all represented: PBS’ “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” and “Bleak House” are up against “Elizabeth I,” “Mrs. Harris” and “Broken Trail.” (Boston’s WGBH is a winner too, having been behind both PBS-nommed longforms, helping the pubcaster to a total tally of 4 noms.)
It’s also a battle of the U.K. broadcasters: “Bleak House” is co-produced by the BBC, “Elizabeth I” was a co-production with Channel 4 and “Prime Suspect” came partly from Granada.
The most crowded race appears to be actor in a mini or telepic: An unsual seven nominees made the cut — including Andre Baugher, Robert Duvall, Michael Ealy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ben Kingsley, Bill Nighy and Perry.
The longform actress category, on the other hand, is less competitive, with just four thesps battling it out. That’s because Helen Mirren is nommed twice (for “Elizabeth I” and “Prime Suspect”). Other nominees include Gillian Anderson, Annette Bening and Sophie Okonedo.