Golden Globe voters are well known for crowning new series with major wins (witness the coronation of Showtime’s “The Affair” and Amazon’s “Transparent” last year), and they have several formidable new contenders to consider in this year’s drama crop. Plus, all five of last year’s nominees are eligible to return. Let the race begin.
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No sophomore slump here: Last year’s winner is a worthy competitor yet again. Showrunner Sarah Treem skilfully plumbs new depths of emotional complexity, by giving voice to the full quartet, especially Maura Tierney’s aggrieved ex-wife.
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Better Call Saul
An ambitious heir to the legacy of “Breaking Bad,” the prequel ably stood on its own, led by an impressive dramatic turn by Bob Odenkirk. Given the Globes’ penchant for crowning new shows, the TCA new program winner is a serious contender.
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Nominated every year it’s been eligible (and a winner its first year in the miniseries category), “Downton Abbey” is a perennial favorite. The sentimentality for the final season (which has aired abroad, but not yet here) may well give the upstairs/downstairs drama a boost.
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The Globes may seek to right the wrongs done by the TV Academy, which snubbed the Fox juggernaut. It will be hard to ignore the massive cultural impact of Cookie and co., who’ve transcended broadcast to influence music, style and so much more.
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Game of Thrones
Though the HBO opus doesn’t have the best track record at the Globes — just two series noms throughout its run — its triumphant turn at the Emmys should guarantee a return trip to the Beverly Hilton, especially given its international cast and filming auspices.
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The Good Wife
Despite the Emmy shutouts, the CBS drama has earned noms from the Globes the past two years. That speaks to the storytelling strengths of Michelle and Robert King, who’ve continued to find creative inspiration even in year seven.
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Erasing all memory of bumpy seasons past, the CIA thriller has roared back with taut, deft plots of international espionage that seemed ripped from the headlines. Snubbed in years past, the stage may well be set for a comeback.
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House of Cards
The White House drama has long been a favorite with Globes voters, who’ve nommed it twice for best drama and crowned Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. But the ever-present drumbeat of the presidential race may dim the appeal of Frank Underwood.
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USA may finally have a serious awards contender with Sam Esmail’s hypnotic hacker drama, anchored by a breakout performance by Rami Malek. Its intricate twists may seem challenging, but it will be hard to ignore the hype.
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Despite its foregone conclusion, the docudrama about the exploits of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar proved addictive. The lack of star power may be a drawback in the awards race, but the buzz has been building.
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Also in the Mix
Flashy November offerings from Netflix (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Amazon (“The Man in the High Castle”) could be well-timed for consideration.
HFPA voters aren’t known for fond farewells, and the lack of recent recognition for AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “Justified” and NBC’s “Hannibal” makes them drama series longshots.
Voters could reinforce their reputation for bold choices by recognizing acclaimed shows overlooked by Emmy: FX’s “The Americans,” Sundance TV’s “Rectify” and HBO’s “The Leftovers.”