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ABC

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Connie Britton, “Nashville”
“Friday Night Lights” vet Britton always makes everything better, not that this addictive music-themed drama needs a boost. As a country singer hoping not be upstaged by a young and feisty Hayden Panettiere, Britton is as comfortable at the Grand Ole Opry as she was on the bleachers rooting on the Dillon Panthers.

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Andre Braugher, “Last Resort”
A two-time Golden Globe nominee and two-time Emmy winner, Braugher is once again magnetic as the commander of the rogue sub on ABC’s newest Thursday night drama. His is the kind of acting you always want to stand up and salute.

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BBC America

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Tom Weston-Jones, “Copper”
Set in 1860s’ Gotham, this period piece from “Homicide’s” Tom Fontana has Weston-Jones using the most primitive forms of crime solving. Dealing with corrupt politicians and hard-drinking cohorts often make the journey to a rugged downtown Manhattan a worthwhile trip.

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CBS

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Jonny Lee Miller, “Elementary”
Starring on the top new procedural of the year may sway HFPA voters toward Miller, whose take on Sherlock Holmes feels fresh and inventive. The out-of-the-box pairing with Lucy Liu also upends stodgy stereotypes.

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Dennis Quaid, “Vegas”
Not happy that his traditional Old West town is turning into an international gambling hot spot, Quaid is quick to bring justice to those who don’t fit his homespun criteria. In this case, that usually means murderers and the mob.

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CW

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Stephen Amell, “Arrow”
On the femme-friendly CW, Amell has positioned himself to become the male face of the network thanks to his superhero role on the freshman actioner. He prepped for the role with runs on “Heartland,” “Hung” and “Private Practice.”

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Fox

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Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project”
On “The Office,” Kaling’s onscreen role wavered as she contributed more behind the scenes as a writer and producer. Things have gotten busier to say the least as the creator, showrunner and star of the new Fox sitcom — all roles in which she has bloomed.

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Kiefer Sutherland, “Touch”
Sutherland was nominated six times over seven years (winning once) for his work in “24,” so clearly the Globes believes his work is worth noticing. While “Touch” doesn’t have the cultural buzz of his past drama, the subject matter — a boy with autism — connects on a personal level with many.

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FX

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Charlie Sheen, “Anger Management”
Once the brouhaha at “Two and a Half Men” finished, Sheen went back to work and stayed in his comedy comfort zone. While “Anger Management” might not be the most cutting-edge laffer on the air, it delivers a steady aud with a business model that will keep Sheen plenty busy.

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History

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Kevin Costner, Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Both actors already won
Emmys in September, so the HFPA might not want to play second fiddle. However, the ratings impact of the mini, as well as the kudos attention it received, may be hard to ignore.

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NBC

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Katharine McPhee, “Smash”
If there was anyone who was perfectly suited to belt out showtunes in a scripted primetime series, it’s McPhee. Her pipes became well-established on “American Idol” and “Smash” now offers her an opportunity to expand beyond the reality barrier.

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Matthew Perry, “Go On”
Understanding the “Friends” phenomenon was a once-in-a-lifetime TV circumstance, Perry has transitioned smartly to “Go On,” a comfort food comedy for the new fall season. His interaction with the “Community”-like characters sets up plenty of storyline potential.

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Ellen Barkin, “The New Normal”
Barkin, known for her sensual film roles in pics such as “Sea of Love” with Al Pacino, has segued nicely to television. Her politically incorrect, right wing and against-the-grain mind-set makes for an amusing dance partner with a gay couple that is liberal to the core.

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Giancarlo Esposito, “Revolution”
Esposito, who wowed auds with his work as drug kingpin Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad,” gives his characters a menacing streak that seeps into your brain. He’s a big part of why this sci-fi drama has played a major role in NBC ratings rejuvenation.

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HBO

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
With a 2012 Emmy in her back pocket, Louis-Dreyfus may be well-positioned to win for her role in the HBO series created by Glasgow native Armando Iannucci. Louis-Dreyfus is seeking her fourth Golden Globe nom and second win.

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Lena Dunham, “Girls”
She wasn’t TV’s most likely “It girl,” but Dunham’s profile exploded with the premiere of “Girls” in April. Few actresses were more fearless in their performances over the past year.

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Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Though the telepic didn’t receive as much attention as HBO would have preferred, Owen, who played the iconic author, and Kidman gave it their all as a couple lusting for one another through the horror of war.

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Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
This year’s Emmy winner for movie-miniseries lead actress, Moore is seeking her third consecutive Golden Globe nomination and sixth individual nod overall from the HFPA — but her first for the smallscreen. Moore is trying to end an 0-for-5 streak at the Globes.

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Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, “The Newsroom”
In Aaron Sorkin’s compelling behind-the-scenes look at a cable news operation, Daniels and Mortimer are the anchor and producer, respectively, who alternately praise and scream at one another. They are at their best when a big story breaks, bickering over how best to inform viewers with analysis and verve.

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Showtime

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Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
For the most part, comedy hasn’t been Cheadle’s thing, but the veteran Oscar-nominated actor definitely has the timing to deliver the funny in this Showtime series. Plus, he would bring star power to the soiree.

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Starz

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “Magic City”
The original “Grey’s Anatomy” scene-stealer as Denny, Morgan became the centerpiece of Starz’s latest original drama. He displayed early ’60s cool and mob toughness in this soap with “Godfather” overtones.

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TNT

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Mary McConnell, “Major Crimes”
McConnell has nicely segued from a supporting player on “The Closer” to the lead in “Major Crimes.” The series premiered very well for the “we know drama” cabler and, like “The Closer,” should be around for years to come.

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USA Network

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Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Weaver’s Hillary Clinton-like turn offered just the right amount of gravitas as a secretary of state dealing with national issues while, at the same time, trying to keep her fractionalized family from breaking apart.

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