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article imageGolden Globes: 'Game Change' leads the pack and hosts will battle

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 13, 2012 in Entertainment
Beverly Hills - No need to look for drama when it comes to the Golden Globes TV nominations because plenty can be drummed up by simply looking at that category. Enough to give the broadcast networks a migraine.
The top drama category is loaded with cable shows. No, make that, no broadcast network shows make the cut. How is this possible? The most-watched drama on all of TV is "NCIS' and despite all those viewers, none of them are in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Sure, they can get away with more on cable and push the envelope so many assume they are better. Well, are they truly better because they can show more violence, swear and have less commercials? Some say yes, while others may say it is harder not to be able to do that. A true actor can act within the boundaries and still make it believable.
Or perhaps it comes down to the writing. Now, you are talking (or writing, that is).
Leading the TV nominations is HBO's "Game Change" with five. For movie nominations and story, head here.
One quick takeaway from the TV nods was that the hosts of the show, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be competing against each other as well. That should make for some easier hosting fodder.
Golden Globe TV nominations:
Television Series - Drama
"Breaking Bad"
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Downton Abbey: Season 2"
"Homeland"
"The Newsroom"
Notes: "Downton Abby" not in the miniseries category anymore and this, too, causes confusion. Then there are shows that have so few episodes, that rules may need an upgrade. Seriously though, no "Walking Dead"? It seems the very popular show and movies, for that matter, are shunned. Could this be out of spite?
Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Connie Britton, "Nashville"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey: Season 2"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Notes: Britton goes from "Friday Night Lights" to Nashville and scores again, while Margulies, on CBS is loved. Can Daines be beat?
Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Notes: Solid but no broadcast nets here either. Kind of a shame.
Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Episodes"
"Girls"
"Modern Family"
"Smash"
Notes: "Smash" is no way near one, but it is here, despite troubles. "Modern Family" is getting weaker by the week yet "The Big Bang Theory" is enjoying its best ratings of its run.
Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Amy Poehler, "Parks And Recreation"
Notes: The real trouble here is that none of these shows are watched by many people. People talk about these shows, but nobody really watches them. Kind of like a good book. True, however, that ratings do not make a show good or the acting quality. Usually, it is the other way around. To get them all is gravy. However, it would be nice to award some shows that people actually tune in to week in and week out.
Actor In A Television Series -- Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Don Cheadle, "House Of Lies"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Matt Leblanc, "Episodes"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Notes: Besides Parsons, ditto the above comments.
Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
"Game Change"
"The Girl"
"Hatfields & McCoys"
"The Hour"
"Political Animals"
Notes: "Game Change" was very political yet gets raves while "Hatfields and McCoys" gets snubbed at the Emmys. That one stinks of other matters that will not be hashed out here. This is entertainment, not politics.
Actress In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum"
Sienna Miller, "The Girl"
Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals"
Notes: Movie folk take over TV and TV folk, deep down, frown on this. Until they do the same thing.
Actor In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & Mccoys"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
Woody Harrelson, "Game Change"
Toby Jones, "The Girl"
Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Notes: The only "Game Change" needed is to revamp these categories. When they are being presented, it does give viewers time to do something else.
Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Hayden Panettiere, "Nashville"
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Sarah Paulson, "Game Change"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey: Season 2"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Notes: Then there is the revamp of categories and this is what one gets. Being a supporting character in a weekly series and wham, you are put in with a miniseries or TV movie. Not fair at all.
Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Max Greenfield, "New Girl"
Ed Harris, "Game Change"
Danny Huston, "Magic City"
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Notes: Ditto.
The Golden Globes will be handed out Jan. 27 live on TNT and TBS.
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