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Globes notice broadcast's comedy comeback; snub actresses

Don't believe women are treated like second-class citizens in Hollywood?

When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the 67th annual Golden Globe nominations at a crack-of-dawn ceremony in Beverly Hills, no one seemed to notice the three Celebrity Readers did not bother to announce any of the contenders for best actress in a comedy series.

"The Office" lover-boy John Krasinski, Interchangeable Blonde Movie Actress Diane Kruger, and pop culture icon Justin Timberlake did however, announce all the noms for best comedy series actor and best comedy series, as well as best drama series, best drama actor, and even best drama actress.

Oh, and during the unveiling at the Beverly Hilton hotel, they did announce a slew of noms in motion picture categories which Kruger on national TV called the "serious" stuff -- as opposed to the TV noms for best comedy series actor and best comedy series she'd been forced to tick off, which must have stuck in her throat.

Forgetting to name this year's comedy actress nominees is ironic/moronic because the big comeback of broadcast TV comedy is the big story of this year's Globe small-screen nominations. This is we're sure being received as great news by all those broadcast network suits who have been for years subjected to the "Comedy is Dead" dronings of The Pundits Who Blather about Television.

On the bright side, the HFPA did once again prove much more open to recognizing freshman TV series than the hidebound Academy of TV Arts & Sciences that puts on the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Those slighted nominees for best comedy series actress include Courteney Cox of ABC's frosh comedy "Cougar Town," and Lea Michele of Fox's new "Glee." They're joined by last year's winner Tina Fey of NBC's "30 Rock," Toni Collette of Showtime's "United States of Tara," and Edie Falco who stars in Showtime's "Nurse Jackie."

Among those drama series actresses, who were lucky enough to be noticed by the Celebrity Readers during Tuesday morning's clambake: Julianna Margulies of CBS's new "The Good Wife."

But Margulies is the only broadcast TV nominee in her category, joined in this year's Globes derby by FX's "Damages" star Glenn Close," AMC's "Mad Men" housewife January Jones, last year's winner Anna Paquin who stars in HBO's "True Blood," and TNT's "The Closer" ball o' fire Kyra Sedgwick.

One of Tuesday's biggest surprises: the HFPA gave a nod to two freshman broadcast comedy series - ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "Glee." In company with NBC's "30 Rock," which won this race last year, and "The Office," this represents a downright renaissance for broadcast comedy. Just one cable comedy, HBO's "Entourage" made the cut this year.

The drama series race, however, is this year, as in the past, a Big Ol' Cable Club: HBO's "Big Love," Showtime's "Dexter," last year's winning "Mad Men" on AMC, HBO"s True Blood," as well as Fox broadcast net's "House" which stars British actor Hugh Laurie.

Laurie's one of only two broadcast-show actors deemed Globe worthy this year by the HFPA. The other is Simon Baker of CBS's "The Mentalist" who is Australian.

Not that both men aren't worthy of winning Globes for their performances - heck, Pia Zadora won a Golden Globe in 1982. But it's a well-known fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association favors shows starring thespians who are, um, foreign. CBS's paint-by-numbers drama series "Murder, She Wrote" was nominated 16 times for a Globe, and while Brit Angela Lansbury is enormously talented, over her 12 seasons on that show her phone-it-in performance copped her 10 nominations. We rest our case.

Anyway, Laurie and Baker will battle "Dexter's" Michael C. Hall, "Mad Men's" John Hamm and "Big Love's" Bill Paxton when the Golden Globes are broadcast this year on NBC, on Jan 17 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST.

New to the comedy actor race are "Glee's teacher Matthew Morrison and HBO's "Hung" star Thomas Jane. Perennial trophy taker Alec Baldwin of NBC's "30 Rock" is again nominated for a Globe in this category, as is Steve Carell of NBC's "The Office" and David Duchovny of Showtime's "Californication."

Oh, and can someone tell Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk that it's Ricky Gervais [Jer-vase] whose hosting the Globes this year - not Ricky "Grrr-vase."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  December 15, 2009; 9:48 AM ET
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"[H]eck, Pia Zadora won a Golden Globe in 1982."

Seems like a fair exchange to me - their Golden Globe for her two.

Posted by: staxowax | December 15, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Big Bang was ROBBED

Posted by: Stormy1 | December 15, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Drama series category is irrelevant due to the omission of "Breaking Bad."

Posted by: mayoungkin | December 15, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What, no love for The Jay Leno Show??

Posted by: dallasdude2 | December 15, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they "snubbed" Courteney Cox and the other actresses on her show because it's not funny, it's just irritating.

Posted by: karen2311 | December 17, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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