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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Golden Globes says 'hi' to new 'The Walking Dead,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Big C' -- blows big kiss to 'Glee'

By Lisa de Moraes

[This blog post has been updated with poll questions about the nominations for TV drama series and comedy series]

This season's freshman crop of TV shows was mostly a bust, if Tuesday's Golden Globe nominations are any measure - and they are.

Steve Buscemi picked up a best actor nomination for "Boardwalk Empire," and the series was also nominated for best drama. (HBO)

An AMC zombie drama, a Showtime comedy about cancer, and an HBO drama about Atlantic City during Prohibition are the only new series to snag noms in their program categories for this year's Globe competition. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for many things and, among them, is its willingness to embrace new TV series much more readily than the hidebound TV academy that dispenses the Primetime Emmy Awards.

But this year, the HFPA seemed largely unimpressed with the new crop of TV series.

Thanks to these lovely creatures, "The Walking Dead" picked up a Golden Globe nomination for best TV drama. (AMC)

AMC's zombie drama "The Walking Dead" and HBO's Martin Scorsese exec produced Atlantic City sage "Boardwalk Empire" snagged Globe nominations for best drama series from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which announced this year's hopefuls in a ceremony at the Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills - spitting distance from where that well-known Hollywood publicist was murdered a few weeks ago while driving home from the "Burlesque" premiere party.

(You can read all about the Globes movie noms here.
And here are pretty pictures of the movie noms.)

The "The Big C," which stars Laura Linney as a cancer patient, is all that's new - literally - in a broadcast-TV-heavy list of comedy/musical series nominees that includes NBC's "30 Rock," ABC's "Modern Family," Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," and last year's winner, Fox's "Glee," vying for the win. "Glee's" nom was one of five the high school musical snagged Tuesday -- the most for any TV series.

"The Walking Dead" and "Boardwalk Empire," meanwhile, will battle Showtime's "Dexter," AMC's "Mad Men," and CBS's "The Good Wife" in the best drama derby

Please note CBS is the only broadcast network with a nominee for both best drama series and best comedy series. That puts CBS ahead of ABC, Fox, NBC as well as HBO. Only Showtime did better when the nominees were unveiled Tuesday morning - it snared three noms across the two biggest TV derbies in the race, which is one of few televised trophy shows that dispenses statuettes for both movies and TV programs. Too bad the head of programming for Showtime - Robert Greenblatt, packed up and left. On the bright side, he's about to become the programming chief for NBC. When the dust settled Tuesday morning, Showtime had logged a total of 8 Globe nominations, behind only HBO. HBO did poorly in series nominations but made up for the loss with lots of "longform" noms for movies and miniseries including its movie about autistic animal advocate "Temple Grandin" that starred Claire Danes, its latest Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg World War II epic "The Pacific," its Al Pacino-starring biopic about Jack Kevorkian "You Don't Know Jack," and its film about Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, "The Special Relationship."

Last year, "Glee" won the TV comedy or musical category; this year, it's nominated again. (Fox)
HFPA tossed out most of last year's drama actress Globe nominees - sorry January Jones and Anna Paquin and Glenn Close - to make room for "Mad Men's" Elisabeth Moss," Piper Perabo of USA's "Covert Affairs," and Katey Sagal of FX's "Sons of Anarchy." They face returning nominee Kyra Sedgwick - who has said next season will be her last on TNT's "The Closer" - and last year's winner, Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife."

Sagal's husband, "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter, tweeted Tuesday about her nomination, "thank you foreign press. can you please call the emmys and help them not be retarded." Sutter is the guy who famously blogged, when his show got snubbed on Emmy nominations day, that he doesn't care about no stinkin' trophy shows because, " we are the dirty-faced outlaws who no one wants in their clean white town...We don't sing, have pretty sets, or wear retro suits. They admire us from afar, wish they could do what we do, then they pull the shades and settle for the familiar and safe. They are lazy sheep." And, he added for good measure, "I thrive on living outside the love circle" because it "makes me a more relevant artist."

And yet, Tuesday morning, when his show was not nominated for a Globe, Sutters undies once again began to knot up on him:

"what the [having sex] ya gonna do? people love zombies and guys in antique suits," he Tweeted philosophically.

Last year's candidates for best drama actor looks strangely familiar: last year's winner, "Dexter's" Michael C. Hall is once again pitted against Fox's "House" star Hugh Laurie, and "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm. This year's competitors also include Bryan Cranston of AMC's "Breaking Bad," and Steve Buscemi, who is the star of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."

Only one comedy actor fell off of last year's nominees list to make way for CBS's "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons - hardly a fresh face -- who will compete with last year's winner Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") and returnees Steve Carell (NBC's "The Office"), HBO's "Hung" star Thomas Jane, and "Glee's" Matthew Morrison.

"Modern Family" is up for a Golden Globe in the TV comedy category. (ABC)

The comedy actress competition is a virtual repeat of last year: winner Toni Collette (Showtimes's "United States of Tara") is back, as is "Nurse Jackie's" Edie Falco, "30 Rock's" Tina Fey," and "Glee's" Lea Michele. Joining the group: Laura Linney.

The HFPA combines TV series, miniseries and telefilm supporting actors into one category - ditto actresses - but movie and mini thespians have been virtually squeezed out this time.

The nominees for best supporting actor, for instance, includes "Glee's" Chris Colfer, "The Good Wife's" Chris Noth, "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet," Scott Caan of CBS's "Hawaii Five-O." David Strathairn is the only "longform" nom, for his role in HBO's "Temple Grandin.

Kelly Macdonald was nominated for her role in "Boardwalk Empire." (HBO)

And Hope Davis, who played Hillary Clinton in the HBO movie "The Special Relationship," is the sole "longform" nominee for supporting actress. She's facing "Glee's" Jane Lynch, "Boardwalk Empire's" Kelly Macdonald, "Dexter's" Julia Stiles, and "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara.

Here's the complete list of TV nominees for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards -- take a look and then vote in the polls that follow:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Toni Collette, Unites States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Pacific
Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don't Know Jack

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, the Closer

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Scott Caan, Hawaii 5-0
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best Television Series - Drama
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranston
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Performance by an Actor In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • The Big C (Showtime)
  • Glee (Fox)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Need even more Golden Globes blah, blah? It's all here.

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 14, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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