Cable didn’t just dominate the Golden Globes TV noms. It bloodied the Big Five, racking up nearly twice as many nominations and overwhelming the broadcasters in most categories.
Thanks to its performance in the longform categories, HBO kept its traditional spot as TV’s most-nommed net, with 18. But the story this year was parity.
Four of Showtime’s six series — “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “The Tudors” and “Californication” — scored nominations in major categories, highlighting the breadth of the feevee cabler’s lineup. Drama nom for “The Tudors” marked the first time Showtime’s competed in the category, while Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tudors”) will be the first Showtime thesps to compete against each other in the same category.
FX got some much-needed love for its low-rated (but already renewed) Glenn Close frosh “Damages,” whose four mentions made it the most-nommed series on TV.
Meanwhile, AMC — which a few months ago saw its miniseries “Broken Trail” showered in Emmy love — had its glory year capped with two noms for “Mad Men.”
While cable’s first-year dramas did well, the broadcast nets’ new shows wouldn’t even have existed in the eyes of Globes voters were it not for ABC’s buzz-generating fall frosh class.
The only three network newcomers garnering noms — “Pushing Daisies,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Samantha Who?” — all air on the Alphabet. Last year, five different frosh players earned mentions for the broadcasters.
Overall, ABC bested all other broadcasters with 11 noms, with NBC far behind at six. Fox with two and CBS with a sole nom were afterthoughts, generating fewer mentions than cablers such as TNT and BBC America (which each garnered three).
For the most part, networks don’t really pay much attention to the Globes, particularly since there’s usually little correlation between a Globe nom and an Emmy win.
But for cablers such as Showtime, the kudos are key.
“They just keep reinforcing that what we’re doing is the right way to be going,” said Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt. “It says to our affiliates that we have shows that are among the best of television.”
FX topper John Landgraf said he appreciated the fact that the Golden Globes have been more “platform agnostic” than the Emmys, nominating programs from a wider cross-section of broadcast, basic and pay cable nets.
“You get no credit and you get no penalty for being basic cable, broadcast or pay,” he said. “They go where the perception of quality and innovation is. That’s been terrific for FX. It’s a big deal. When an organization like the Golden Globes steps out and recognizes that, it helps with audiences and critical community recognition.”
Landgraf pointed to AMC, which had a breakthrough year thanks to “Mad Men.” The exec said it was reminiscent of the year “The Shield” put FX on the map.
“AMC is benefiting this year from some of the same recognition that benefited FX,” he said. “Here’s a channel that never had a scripted series with nearly this level of attention. The Globes are saying, ‘We don’t care who produces it. We care what we think of the show itself.’ “