The Golden Globes are giddy for “Glee.”
The frosh Fox show scored the biggest kudos breakthrough of any new TV show Tuesday, picking up four nominations (the most of any program) from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. — including best new comedy.
Also joining “Glee” in the comedy column was another critically acclaimed new laffer, ABC’s “Modern Family.”
The addition of new blood reps a return of sorts for the Globes, which last year mostly opted not to nominate any freshman shows. Thanks to its January airdate, the kudocast is usually known for honoring new series before the TV Academy gets a crack at handing out Emmys in the fall.
Last year, a disappointing fall season for the broadcast nets offered up few new awardworthy contenders. That wasn’t the case this year.
Glee’s” noms haul included a comedy actor slot for star Matthew Morrison and comedy actress nod for Lea Michele. Supporting thesp Jane Lynch also picked up a nom.
It was really unexpected,” said “Glee” exec producer Ryan Murphy. “Even when I sold the show and said I wanted to do a TV musical, everyone looked at me like I was crazy.
But Fox, both the studio and the network, to their credit always supported me and marketed it in a unique way,” he said. “We’re popping the champagne, wondering how all this happened.”
Murphy said he was particularly happy to see vet comedy thesp Lynch get a nod as well as Morrison and Michele (who had previously been “snubbed by the Tonys,” he added).
Among other new series, CBS’ “The Good Wife” triggered a drama actress nomination for Julianna Margulies and ABC’s “Cougar Town” scored a comedy actress mention for Courteney Cox.
In addition, both new Showtime comedy stars Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) and Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) picked up comedy actress noms.
And new HBO skein “Hung” landed a bid for star Thomas Jane, while co-star Jane Adams landed a supporting actress nom.
Thanks to its usual miniseries/movie dominance, HBO once again led the proceedings, with 17 nominations, followed by Fox and Showtime, with six apiece; then NBC (five), CBS and Lifetime (four each); ABC, AMC, PBS and FX (three each) and TNT (one).
In the comedy series category, “30 Rock” (last year’s winner), “Entourage” and “The Office” all repeat from last year. “Glee” and “Modern Family” replace last year’s entrants “Californication” and “Weeds.”
But with all the talk of fresh blood, it wasn’t quite a revolution at this year’s Globes noms. The drama side, after all, experienced less of a shakeup.
The one drama nominee change from last year, “Big Love,” is hardly a new show — and replaces “In Treatment,” another HBO series on the nominees list. The other noms remain unchanged from last year: “Dexter,” “House,” “Mad Men” (last year’s winner) and “True Blood.”
Among drama actor nominees, Simon Baker — snubbed last year in his inaugural eligibility for “The Mentalist” — picked up a berth this go-round. “Big Love’s” Bill Paxton was also new vs. last year, while Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), John Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Hugh Laurie (“House”) all repeat.
For drama actress, joining Margulies were several returnees from last year — January Jones (“Mad Men”), Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”). Glenn Close was the additional nominee, for “Damages.”As a comedy actor nominee, Morrison and Jane will face off with returnees including last year’s winner, Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), as well as Steve Carrell (“The Office”) and David Duchovny (“Californication”).
Surprisingly, “Monk’s” Tony Shalhoub — a nominee last year — didn’t repeat, despite the recent hype over “Monk’s” departure.
The biggest shakeup of the morning came in the comedy actress category, where just one thesp — last year’s winner, “30 Rock’s” Tina Fey — returns, joining Collette, Cox, Falco and Michele.
HBO landed three of the five miniseries/telepic noms — “Grey Gardens” (which won the Emmy for best telepic), “Into the Storm” and “Taking Storm.” PBS’ “Little Dorrit,” which won the Emmy for best miniseries, is also nominated, as is Lifetime’s “Georgia O’Keeffe.”
Other programs with multiple noms, behind leader “Glee,” were “30 Rock,” “Big Love,” “Damages,” “Dexter,” “Georgia O’Keeffe,” “Grey Gardens,” “Into the Storm” and “Mad Men,” with three each.
Receiving two noms were “Entourage,” “House,” “Hung,” “The Office,” “Taking Chance” and “True Blood.”
As usual, talk on Tuesday morning centered as much on the perceived snubs as it did the nominees. Leading the list of omissions were “The Big Bang Theory” (and star Jim Parsons), currently having its highest-rated year yet, and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” which has turned into a critics’ darling in year two.
Also missing: AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and its Emmy-winning star, Bryan Cranston. And critics’ attention this fall for Amy Poehler’s “Parks and Recreation” hasn’t made it to the doorstep of the HFPA’s small membership yet.
Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter couldn’t resist hopping on Twitter to vent about the “Sons” snub: “(Golden Globes) like the Emmys are a popularity contest voted on by lazy old reporters who pick the buzzworthy and the obvious. … As long as we get viewers and critical juice I’m happy. Pissed because I wanted (wife and “Sons” star) Katey to win.”