Golden Globe voters had a little something for everyone in the TV nominations this time around: surprising mentions for low-profile streaming and cable shows, comebacks for HBO and NBC, and an embrace of diverse voices with noms for “Atlanta,” “Black-ish” and “Insecure.”
The unexpected names on the list included Nick Nolte for Epix’s “Graves,” Billy Bob Thornton for Amazon’s “Goliath,” Charlotte Rampling for BBC America’s “London Spy,” and Starz’s “The Dresser” for limited series over such notable omissions as Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” and FX’s “Fargo.”
After being shut out of the 2016 race, NBC got back in the game with a big showing for its buzzy new drama “This Is Us,” which became the Peacock’s first show to compete in the drama series heat since “Heroes” in 2006.
And HBO roared back to the top of the noms leaderboard with 14, after dropping to second place last year with seven noms to Netflix’s eight. HBO’s momentum was powered by three bids apiece for new dramas “Westworld” and “The Night Of,” and two for comedy “Veep.” FX came in second with nine noms, followed by five apiece for ABC, Amazon, AMC, and Netflix.
Netflix saw tentpole series “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “Narcos” fall out of contention this year. The sumptuous new Queen Elizabeth bio-drama “The Crown” was its most recognized show with three noms, followed by its “Stranger Things” with two.
There had been some question about whether Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters would embrace the new generation of comedies highlighting African-American perspectives, given the org’s spotty past track record. FX’s’ “Atlanta,” which has been white-hot with critical and industry buzz since its debut, landed a comedy nom and a comedy actor bid for auteur Donald Glover. Issa Rae of HBO’s “Insecure” grabbed a comedy actress nom for her much-praised series.
And ABC’s “Blackish” broke through with Globe voters in its third season with a bid for series and noms for stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.
While the org stubbornly clung to old favorites, like last year’s comedy winner “Mozart in the Jungle,” they showed their loyalty only goes so far. Other past winners weren’t even nominated: Last year’s drama champ, “Mr. Robot,” didn’t make the cut, nor did best actress winner Taraji P. Henson for “Empire.”
Blame it, perhaps, on the sheer glut of series under consideration: But they did take the lead from the TV Academy, and finally embraced “The Americans,” extending acting nominations to series leads Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell. And they continue, as always, to be dazzled by star power: Witness the noms for Sarah Jessica Parker, Nick Nolte, and Billy Bob Thornton.
(Pictured: HBO’s “Westworld”)