Nowhere is the new reality of TV more evident than in the Golden Globes’ total TV nominations tally, which saw HBO end its 14-year streak of leading the TV field by a wide margin as Netflix elbowed past the premium giant.
The 2016 heat marks the first time that HBO hasn’t been No. 1 since 2000, when “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” first made the channel a formidable contender in the top series categories. ABC was the last broadcast network to dominate the Globes, back in 1999.
On Thursday, HBO placed No. 2 with seven bids, down from 15 in the 2015 race. Netflix led with eight TV nominations, plus it grabbed a nom on the film side for “Beasts of No Nation.” That compares to 12 for overall leader 20th Century Fox, which raked in noms for “The Revenent,” “Joy,” “The Martian” and “Spy.”
Meanwhile, NBC is out of the running entirely this year with no nominations for the kudocast that it will carry live on Jan. 10. The Peacock has had an uphill climb in kudos races in recent years with few shows that connected with awards voters. In the 2015 race, NBC was represented by noms for James Spader of “The Blacklist” and Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation.”
HBO’s showing in the Globes reflects the larger field of competitors that are vying for a piece of the high-end series market. Globes voters seemed to go out of their way to recognize new entrants and lower-profile shows at a time when the biz is abuzz with the daunting volume of original series. HBO did claim more series noms than any other outlet, with a drama nod to “Game of Thrones” and comedy bids for “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.”
HBO felt the pinch this year in the long-form arena. It has traditionally garnered in a good percentage of its noms in an area where broadcasters and other cablers are far less active. Now, with the mania for limited series that has taken root during the past two years, the longform heat is more crowded.
HBO did not score a nom in the Globes limited series/made-for-TV movie category, despite two strong prospects in biopic “Bessie” and miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” both of which drew critical raves.
ABC, for one, moved into the Globes limited series/made-for-TV movie category with “American Crime” grabbing bids in the top category, as well as for stars Felicity Huffman and Regina King. FX did the same for “Fargo” and stars Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson.
Starz’s “Flesh and Bone” was a surprise entrant in the top longform category as was its ingenue star Sarah Hay.
In all, HBO claimed three acting bids in longform — for “Nightingale’s” David Oyelowo, “Hero’s” Oscar Isaac and “Bessie’s” Queen Latifah. In the series acting categories, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep” was recognized.