Television: Comedy Actor

2008 Golden Globes nominees

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
David Duchovny, “Californication”
Ricky Gervais, “Extras”
Lee Pace, “Pushing Daisies”

David Duchovny was an HFPA fave during his years on “The X-Files.” He was nominated four years in a row and won once, so longtime members have an affinity for the actor. Moving over to comedy with Showtime’s “Californication,” however, he faces some stiff competition.

Lee Pace is the newcomer here, and “Pushing Daisies” is the only show that’s an hourlong dramedy, giving Pace more exposure than his fellow thesps.

Alec Baldwin won this category last year, and with “30 Rock’s” win at the Emmys, there’s little reason to believe either the show or the actor will be coming from under the radar anymore. Also of note: Baldwin’s role on “30 Rock” is more supporting, while the others topline their series.

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Steve Carell won at the 2006 Globes for his first year on “The Office.” While the show is still at the top of its game, the actor’s segue toward a film career could negatively affect voters who want to pigeonhole him as a TV star.