Golden Globes TV nominations: 'The Walking Dead'! 'Boardwalk Empire'! Other surprises and disappointments!

The Golden Globes TV nominations found room for zombies and bootleggers this year, as The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire were among the new names on the television list. The biggest loser: Lost.

In keeping with a tradition of rewarding HBO shows, Boardwalk Empire‘s nominations included Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald as well as the show itself. More surprising was the inclusion of The Walking Dead, which despite its late-in-the-year premiere and a mere half-dozen episodes managed to impress the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Other newcomers included nominations for Laura Linney and The Big C, Scott Caan for his supporting-actor work on Hawaii Five-O, and Julia Stiles’ guest turn on Dexter.

On the other hand, the final season of Lost was left stranded by the Globes.

Closer to my heart, where were the nominations for Fringe and its stars Anna Torv, John Noble, and Joshua Jackson? In a more just alternate universe, Fringe would be leading the pack, along with… Friday Night Lights! Come on, Golden Globes, no Friday Night Lights love, either?

In the best actress in a drama category, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick, Katey Sagal, and Elisabeth Moss were all to be expected, but… Piper Perabo from Covert Affairs??? Hey, it’s a fun show, but award-worthy?

In drama, how can the Globes nominate Bryan Cranston but leave Breaking Bad off the drama list? I suppose to make room for Walking Dead or, less worthily this particular season, I’m afraid, Dexter.

In comedy, I’m always glad to see Modern Family recognized, as happy for Sophia Vergara’s nomination in the supporting-actress category, but, really Golden Globes, you should have put Julie Bowen in there, too. And the Globes’ continued fondness for Hung baffles me; I’d have swapped out Thomas Jane for Ted Danson in Bored To Death (to me he’s as much of a lead actor in that show as Jason Schwartzman).

These nominations reflect the fact that the latest TV season yielded very few award-worthy new shows. The Globes like to reward shows that are just establishing themselves (such as Glee last year), but even these awards were not going to extend their largesse to quality shows like Community, Parks and Recreation, and good-but-canceled series such as Terriers.

Among the better nominations: the nods to Carlos, the superb exploration of the terrorist Carlos the Jackal that aired on the Sundance Channel.

The Globes TV nominations historically tend to skew toward cable shows, which helps explain why The United States of Tara, The Closer, Hung, The Big C, and Nurse Jackie become favorite nominees of varying quality and popularity. It’s a mixed blessing, since while I don’t think Tara deserves more Globes attention, the cable focus may have nudged worthy shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Carlos to make the list.

But HBO’s awards mojo could not extend to its other quality drama, Treme, which in terms of industry visibility has unfortunately lost the media attention that its cable-mate Boardwalk Empire has won.

All in all, the TV nominations were mostly predictable, occasionally surprising, and ultimately disappointing. When the Golden Globes air Jan. 16 on NBC, I’ll be tuning in to see host Ricky Gervais, but I predict a Mad Men sweep for best drama, Jon Hamm, and maybe even Elisabeth Moss.

What did you think of the TV nominations?

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  • B

    PSYCH. Where is it?

    • Kate

      That show deserves so many nominations. The acting is always good and so is the writing.

      • Mavis

        What’s up with the spammers actually having opinions about the blog posts now? Is that so it won’t get immediatley flagged by EW?

      • Jamie

        Dear Sugar (aka the spammer) please don’t copy and paste my comment into yours next time so that I don’t have to be accused of being a spammer.

      • PixxieTrixxie

        Oh, so that’s what’s been happening now – sorry this happened to your comment Jamie, but I am glad to know how this is happening. I’ve just learned to read past the fake comment and look for the real stuff. I guess it’s the price for not having to spell out curvy words in order to post every time.

      • Hottest Wife

        Love the show and FiremenDating was amazing

    • Becky

      Ha Ha

    • tre

      i can watch gus eat cinnamon pie all day long.

      • Katja

        I hear that!

      • AN

        I really want the recipe for cinnamon pie!

    • lee

      Agreed! That show gets no love and it’s awesome :)

    • Devin Faraci

      Who cares what a few dozen foreign journalists think? They’re a bunch of corrupt know-nothings.

      • T

        So many wonderful performances in “Boardwalk Empire”. So many. To overlook Michael Shannon’s performance is a travesty. Honestly, for Best Supporting Actor he gets bumped off for Scott Caan from the lame Hawaii 5-0 remake? Me thinks that Les Moonves has a buddy or two involved with HFPA.

        I’m not surprised that “Treme” didn’t get nominated. “The Wire” was never truly acknowledged either. Gee, I wonder why?

        Finally, enough with “Friday Night Lights”. That this piece of cliché is finally coming to an end is the best thing that can happen to television. Its overrated just like “Glee”.

      • T

        Apparently you don’t either.

      • Liza

        @T… There is absolutely nothing cliche about Friday Night Lights. Also, HOW can it be overrated when so few people watch it and so many awards have overlooked it for four years? That it’s ending is one if the worst things that can happen to television.

    • Kristin

      Thank you, for loving Psych as much as I do. So much. So so so much.

    • Becca

      Psych never gets any recognition, which sucks since it is better than it Mentalist.

    • Amanda

      So, so true!! I adore that show and it really deserves so much more recognition than it gets! The writing on that show is phenominal!!

      • Lana

        @Tito Lieto di aver psaasto quasi quattro ore di viaggio in treno senza staccare gli occhi dalle pagine@borisbattaglia dipende dall’angolazione. Dall’alto verso il basso sì (guarda Bud Spencer) ma se proviene dal libro, dunque dal basso verso l’alto, allora sveglia sicuramente

    • Person Who Talks

      Where is LOST?! That finale was one of the most powerful episodes of television ever!

      • Brad

        BA HAHAAHAH !!! Good one…. More like the weakest finale of all time. It was the reason millions of us breathed a sigh of relief for having given up on that plane crash of a tv series years earlier.

  • john

    No Desperate Housewives, No Greys Anatomy, No Weeds… hmmm… well… it is what it is

    • JC

      Thank god no Desperate Housewives or Greys Anatomy. Meaningless soap opera drivel they are. Weeds is allright, but I like Californication better.

    • Kristin

      Weeds was totally bizarre this season but the finale was amazing.

      • AnnR

        I agree. The season was pure junk until the payoff and now we have to wait a long time to get another season.

    • Dan

      Totally Agree with Weeds being snubbed. The show was phenomenal this season, and Mary-Louise Parker still continues to deliver spectacular performances.

      • Dave

        Just shows that Golden Globe nominations are a joke anymore. WEEDS was acknowledged every year until this, their best season since leaving Agrestic!

  • Lena120

    Thank you! Where the hell is Community?!!

    • Jamie

      I know. I thought that Joel McHale would have got a nomination over Thomas Jane of Hung. As well, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Glee was the correct winner last year, it was amazing. However, in the year 2010, it has been horrible. Glee should not have been nominated. It should have gone to Community (or atleast Parks and Rec).

      • DTO

        I think the exclusion of Joel McHale is pretty sad, too, but this is the Foreign Press. They LOVE movie stars–or former movie stars. Hence, former movie up-and-comer-who-fizzled Thomas Jane gets a nomination because he’s on a mediocre show that’s on the much-ballyhooed HBO, whereas basic-cable-turned-network TV star Joel McHale gets zilch. That’s unfortunately how it is.

      • Trixie

        Have you tipped your hand by revealing you’re the spammer from the first comment, Jamie?

      • Jamie

        Woah, Trixie that is not me. The Spammer took my comment. I don’t know why they chose mine, but the spammer is not me. Great, now I look like a spammer.

      • Buffy Freak

        The spammers now are copy-and-pasting other previous random comments now to try and pass as more legit I guess.

    • Denyy

      I just wanted to say that on Monday I was wiachtng MTV and they had a special on the guy Danny from the Real World New Orleans and he was gay. Just before he left for New Orleans he met this guy named Paul and they had to keep covering up his face. Man when Danny finally revealed him to everyone he is so cute and they kept his indentity a secret and it was all because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell policy of the Military and his job was on the line. Then they brought up what happened to Barry and that made me cry because now that i know what happened I can’t believe that would do that all to keep apperiences in the military. Then I also find out that this guy Paul was like one mile from Barry’s post when he was killed and that is just not wierd but so concidental that he probably new of Barry. Then they you Calpernia with u holding that picture of Barry and that tore at my heart. I just wanted to bring this up because they always kept Paul’s face covered up for the sake of his own life as well. Sorry to say this but I think gay men and women can serve in the armed forces and fullfill the same duties as any straight man or woman serving in the armed forces. Sorry to bring up that matter with u Cal but I wanted to tell u about that special. Have a happy new year i hope this year is better and happier for u. God bless u.Angie

  • Elle

    “The Suitcase” still haunts me. What a great hour of art.

    • Flo Rida

      Indeed. “The Suitcase” was the most powerful hour of television I’ve seen in years. Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss should be shoe-ins for Golden Globes and Emmys.

      • DTO

        “The Suitcase” and its follow-up episode “The Summer Man” are the reasons why MAD MEN beats everything else on TV, though I dig FX’s JUSTIFIED as well.

      • Z

        Agreed- Christina Hendricks should have been recognized for “The Summer Man”- That Vietnam Speech- whoa

      • Lainey

        Ppl like you get all the birsan. I just get to say thanks for he answer.

  • Jeff

    No Fringe – again?!

    • Kate

      Unfortunately Fringe never gets nominated. Even though it deserves so many awards

    • Gil_Cdn

      How is it possible that Anna Torv and John Noble from FRINGE are, once again, excluded? Did they not notice the work they have done this season!
      What is the criteria for nomiation?

    • CW

      I’ve accepted the fact that Fringe gets overlooked. I love the Walking Dead and was happy to see it receive the nomination, but Fringe is better and strong contender for best show on TV. Scot Caan from Hawaii-Five 0, really?? OVER JOHN NOBLE??? I would love to hear the reasoning behind that.

      • Anna

        Man I agree. Scott Caano beat out John Noble? That makes no sense at all. Sometimes he’s funny but mostly he’s just loud. John Noble is much more nuanced and effective.

      • AC

        These awards shows are crud. Anna Torv blew me away this season on Fringe. Oh well, as a long time sci-fi fan I am used to the snubbing.

    • Niix Starkyller

      Count me in the John Noble fan club. Walter Bishop is one of the best played characters on TV, in my mind.

      As an aside, so is Emily Lightman from Lie To Me.

    • Julie
      • Meenu

        Except for the fact that Cher wasn’t nominated for an award. Her song was but Diane Warren would be the one to acepct it. Why are people so surprised that the only musical to come out all year would get musical nominations? One could argue it’s spot as a best picture contender, but the original song nominations were well deserved. Heck, even Nine got multiple nominations last year and it was a massive critical and commercial bomb. Of all the films to make the cut in the musical/comedy category, Burlesque was the easiest one to predict for nominations from the GG. I’m way more surprised at the love for The Tourist.

  • mae

    no LOST! I was sure matthew fox would get recognized! I’m also bummed about FNL missing and i guess i kinda understand Piper Perabo? But covert affairs is no alias.

  • HD

    Where’s Cougar Town? So is this going to be a trend with every awards show now snubbing CT and Courtney Cox?

    • Flo Rida

      Cougartown deserves more credit (and a bigger audience) than it is getting. It’s a comedy equal to the much more lauded Modern Family.

      • t. sterling

        A year ago, I would’ve disagreed with you, but I gave the show a chance and Wednesday at 9 is my favorite hour of television.

      • Kristin

        Absolutely. Love Cougartown.

      • Katja

        Cougar Town is interesting for me. I used to watch it sometimes after Modern Family, but my husband wouldn’t so I didn’t pay much attention or I’d turn it off after a few minutes…but I was always half-interested since Courteney Cox is so freaking likable on TV. It seemed kind of entertaining but I never really laughed out loud. And then I started watching all of them them all the way through online, and I kind of love Cougar Town now and think it’s pretty hilarious. I’m not sure why I didn’t get that before.

      • llevinso

        I agree t. sterling. Last year, beginning of the series, I didn’t care for it. Now it’s one of my favorite shows! But it never gets any love.

    • frommtlwithlove

      OHMYGOD!!!! I TOTALLY AGREE!!! *sigh* no cougar town, no writing, no acting (courtney (even though she was nominated last year) AND busy both deserve noms) … maybe next year!

      • billdog

        I also never gave CougarTown a chance then watched season 1 online. Love it!!!! The characters are all loveable and play off eachother so well. Don’t understand the snub but the show is already a winner to me….Wednesday nights have become my favorite night for TV.

    • Sabrina

      SERIOUSLY. Love me some Cougar Town. It’s certainly better than Glee, which is a hot mess.

      • Thova

        Great lkoniog miniature. I am not that much in the miniature zone but your look really well painted. Looks like he is alive.

    • Bren

      I have really grown to love Cougar Town over time. Some weeks I actually laugh harder at it than I do at Modern Family. I wish people would get over the title (the number one objection I get from people when I tell them about it) and give it a chance. Plus, I love how they are playing with the title credits this year…i.e. All I Want for Christmas is a New Title, etc. That’s just brilliant.

      • Yeah

        ” 100% Cougar Free” Cougar Twon

  • Brigid

    The no love for Fringe and Community was disappointing, although not surprising. However, I was pleasantly surprised that 2 1/2 men DIDN’t get any noms. Yes, trying to look on the bright side.
    Very happy with the Good Wife nods, but would have loved to see Josh Charles recognized.

  • S

    No Breaking Bad for best drama???? That’s insanity.

    • Jamie

      The insanity is that it has never been nominated. At least Bryan Cranston broke through this year.

    • Angie

      Breaking Bad is, quite simply, the best show on TV. I cannot believe it wasn’t nominated for Best Drama and while I’m thrilled Bryan Cranston continues to get nods for his amazing work, I’d love to see some support for Aaron Paul’s portrayal of Jesse.

      • AnnR

        Aaron got the Emmy last year. WHat more do you want?

    • K. Harker

      I agree, I just don’t understand this at all. I adore the Walking Dead and Dexter, but don’t feel either is on the same level as Breaking Bad was this year. And no Aaron Paul? Please. This is like when the Wire would get continually overlooked. It just verifies to me that these people and I do not agree on what makes for genius television. I mean, Scott Caan? He’s fun, but I’d be humiliated to have him on a list over Aaron Paul or Michael Shannon.

    • sbwm

      Agreed. It is insane. Best show on television. MM and BE closely follow but BB is absolutely the best for all three seasons.

      • Mircea

        dVnsAK Hey, that’s the greatest! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

  • Mike

    Where is Javier Bardem for best actor in a drama…He was great in Biutiful

  • Shellibelli

    no Terriers?! No lost?! well i wont be watching.

  • Joe

    If Lost would have gotten nominated it would have been more for the entire show than for the 6th season. I love Lost, but outside of a few episodes (Ab Aeterno), the 6th season was a mess.

    On the other hand, I don’t really understand the love for Boardwalk Empire. I find it boring, and I think if it wasn’t on HBO it wouldn’t be nominated. I think Steve Buscemi is a good actor, but he is simply wrong for the role of Nucky Thompson, he doesn’t have enough gravitas to carry a show like that.

    • DTO

      LOST season 6 is like SPIDERMAN 3. It has retroactively killed a lot of fans’ love for the whole show. It was brilliant in seasons 1 through 5, and I was initially excited about the twist at the end of season 5. However, seeing how that played out in season 6 frustrated me. Also, the whole deal with the alternate timeline and what that ultimately turned out to be made me angry after the mushy, gushy goodbye was over and I had a chance to sit down and think about it. Grrr.

    • Bazinga!

      @ Joe – normally I would agree with you about Steve Buscemi (especially since I just saw him this weekend in that ridiculous movie Grown Ups – will Adam Sandler ever change?) Anyway, in BE Steve is miles above what I expected of him. I like when I am surprised by an actor. Sorry you don’t see it.

      • Justin P.

        I definitely agree with what you wrote about Lost. While I thought the series finale was amazing, the last season was pretty bad.

        As for B.E., I completely disagree with your opinion of it. I find the show very interesting. And, the acting, cinematography and costumes are top notch. Stephen Graham is awesome as Al Capone.

  • jenn

    Would have loved to see some love for Fringe, as well :(

    • HC

      I know! Anna Torv and John Noble, come on! And no FNL is ridic. too.

  • Damon

    No Chandra Wilson? No Julie Bowen? No Ty Burrell?

    • Jacqueline

      Can’t believe no Ty Burrell, his portrayal of Phil is brilliant!

      • Billdog

        Ty Burrell is hilarious on Modern Family….His expressions in “the chirp” episode alone was awesome…Looks like the Globes missed another one!!!

      • Shoki

        al posirsmo interessante vi mando a fanculo tuttassieme voaltri. che v’ho capito che m’avete messo a giro.“interessante”bah; )

      • Sara

        The skin of this mnitaiure is sick in all senses. Really cool painting job. A pit I do not have a chaos army.

    • kimmy

      chandra wilson is the most consistently good thing about grey’s anatomy….every season.

  • gertiesue

    Brigid! So nice to see the not nod for those boys! HAHAHAHA!

    Anyway, Cougar Town is so superior to that insipid show Modern Family. Yuk

    • wakeforce

      Stop trying to make Cougar Town happen. It won’t!

    • justin

      Modern Family is the best comedy on television. So you need to back off. I, for one, love MF and Cougartown. Putting these two comedies back-to-back was very smart.

    • Brett

      Modern Family is funny. Cougartown is not. It’s as simple as that.

      • Geeks Areus

        I think it was good and SwedishFriendships was very pleasureable

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