Golden Globes: TV noms favor old faves

Damagesclose_2We should’ve seen this coming. There’s nothing Golden Globes voters like better than big stars in new clothes, and that’s what FX served up this year in “Damages.”

Legal murder-mystery thriller led the TV noms tally with four Globes chits, one for drama series, for star Glenn Close (pictured left) and costars Ted Danson (pictured right) and Rose Byrne.

It was a given that AMC’s “Mad Men” would get some traction this year — Damagesdanson Globes voters rarely snub the buzz — snaring a bid for best drama series and a richly deserved nod for its handsome star Jon Hamm. Same goes for ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” a contender for comedy series and for stars Lee Pace and Anna Friel.

Back to the stars we-know-and-love derby, no surprise that Showtime’s “Californication” made a good stand with a bid for best comedy and for star David Duchovny. Donald Sutherland of ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money” made the cut in the supporting drama actor; so did Christina Applegate as lead comedy actress for ABC’s “Samantha Who.”

Ernestborgnine_2And in the spirit of the giving season, there was even a little something in the Globes stocking for 90-year-old Ernest Borgnine (pictured left), a telepic lead actor contender for Hallmark Channel’s sweet-‘n-sentimental “A Grandpa for Christmas.” The last time Borgnine was nommed for a Golden Globe, he won — for lead actor in 1955’s “Marty,” in which he played a less-than-handsome guy who’s convinced he’ll never meet Mrs. Right. (With all due respect to Borgnine, and I do mean all due, he was good in the bigscreen rendition of Paddy Chayefsky’s telepic, but it’s Rod Steiger in the original TV version of “Marty” who reaches down your throat, rips your heart out, pounds it into mush and then puts it back in just in time for him to find happiness with a young Nancy Marchand.)