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The Golden Globe Awards review: Ricky Gervais presided over an underwhelming show... but my predictions paid off (mostly)

As a TV show, Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards was rather underwhelming, even if most of the winners were spot-on. All those NBC commercials featuring host Ricky Gervais promising to be as meanly sarcastic as he was last year didn’t really pay off. The speeches weren’t all that amusing, except for the one delivered by Sophia Vergara and Steve Levitan from Modern Family. And the awards themselves? Kelsey Grammer in Boss beat out Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad??? READ FULL STORY

Predicting the Golden Globes: Miniseries and TV-movies: It all comes down to 'Downton Abbey' or 'Mildred Pierce'

The Golden Globe nominees in the best miniseries and TV-movie categories come down to two choices with two possible spoilers. Most of the awards will go to either the first season of Downton Abbey (that TV series smuggled into this country as a miniseries) or HBO’s Mildred Pierce. READ FULL STORY

Is Ricky Gervais good for the Golden Globe Awards? Are the Globes good for Ricky? -- VIDEO

Ricky Gervais returns to host the Golden Globe Awards this weekend, and there have been a lot of commercials featuring Gervais promising to let loose more thunderbolts of sarcasm and insult upon the celebrities who’ll be arrayed before him.

But is this a good thing, for both Gervais and the Globes? Behold, some video thoughts on this subject.

So are you looking forward to Gervais-as-host, or are you thinking this whole being-mean-to-celebs act might already be too old?

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Golden Globe TV nominations: Why some are great, and some omissions are ridiculous: VIDEO

The Golden Globes loom. The Golden Globes list. The nominations tilt toward cable TV, and away from network, at least in the drama category. READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes TV nominations: Why are the choices so smart, yet so frustrating?

The TV nominations for the Golden Globes were such a predictable mishmash of well-deserved semi-surprises, the usual suspects, and dismaying disappointments that, like the SAG nominations yesterday and the Emmy nominations perennially, it makes me wonder two things: Why do I — and you; we — get so het up about awards, and is America ever going to reward John Noble? READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais, Piers Morgan, and Simon Cowell: Why the Brits do 'rude' better than us

Ricky Gervais, as Golden Globes host, has ruffled some feathers, inside the industry and among TV viewers. With impertinent comments ranging from the true (The Tourist was simply not a well-received movie, by critics or the public) to the risky (few Americans joke about Scientology), Gervais reminded viewers once again that the British, they’re not like us. Oh, we can get taken in by the accent and that uncanny ability to speak in complete, grammatically-correct sentences, but then we get sucker-punched by the combination of impertinent tweaking and abrupt honesty that, over the pond and among themselves, English citizens commonly refer to simply as “rude,” as in, “How rude!,” followed by a delighted shriek of laughter. READ FULL STORY

The Golden Globes as a TV event: All hail Ricky Gervais, or, How I picked almost all the TV winners

First of all, thanks once again to Ricky Gervais for bringing the sort of funny rudeness and effrontery — or as Robert Downey, Jr., phrased it, “mean-spirited [with] a sinister undertone” — that make an awards show such as the Golden Globes engaging to watch. And to Matt Damon and Robert De Niro for providing an unbeatable one-two punch as amusing presenter and award-winner. Oh, and jolly good wishes to Alexa Chung for actually making NBC’s red-carpet pre-show entertaining for a change. READ FULL STORY

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 READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Sigourney Weaver and the Laser Cats, doing their best

How could anyone not root for Sigourney Weaver as she hosted Saturday Night Live again (for the first time since 1986)? She’s terrific in almost any movie, Avatar included; she’s got theater and improv skills that more than qualify her for SNL duty. Sure enough, this was one of the better editions of SNL this season, if only for its frequent go-for-broke attitude. (Does anyone love Jason Sudeikis in those ESPN Classic sketches as much as I do?)

The show began promisingly, with the first pretty-funny cold-open in a while. Fred Armisen as Larry King interviewed late-night hosts Jay Leno (played by a briefly-returning Darrell Hammond), Conan O’Brien (Bill Hader), and David Letterman (Jason Sudeikis, all twitchy pencil-throwing and muttered “Hee-hee-hee!”s). The amusement derived less from the late-night guys than Armisen’s way of capturing King’s out-of-it patter, complete with irrelevant references to Joey Bishop and his non-mastery of the internet.

The week’s real-life events were so numerous, Seth Meyers had to cram “Weekend Update” with quick jokes about Sarah Palin joining Fox News, the political bestseller Game Change, Mark McGwire’s steroid READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes TV predictions: Try and beat me, I dare ya!

Okay, here’s the challenge: Below are the nominees for this Sunday’s Golden Globe awards in the TV categories. I’ll tell you who I think will win (should win is another matter — you can find my choices for that here). Feel free to pick your own will-winners in the Comments section below and we’ll reconvene to see who’s the best forecaster. Good luck; my track-record for predicting Globe TV winners is superb. (Actually, I think I’m just “very good,” but who’s looking it up?) Predict away!

1. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. BIG LOVE

b. DEXTER

c. HOUSE

d. MAD MEN WILL WIN The classiest quality basic-cable series is as close as it gets to a sure-shot to win its third consecutive Globe in this category. It helps that its season finale, with the dramatic dismantling of the Sterling Cooper ad agency, was so exciting, and fresh in voters’ minds.

e. TRUE BLOOD

2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. GLENN CLOSE, DAMAGES

b. JANUARY JONES, MAD MEN WILL WIN January Jones had to portray a chilly Betty as wife, mother, and cheating spouse without becoming unsympathetic in Mad Men. She pulled it off with grace.

c. JULIANNA MARGULIES, THE GOOD WIFE

d. ANNA PAQUIN, TRUE BLOOD

e. KYRA SEDGWICK, THE CLOSER

3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. SIMON BAKER, THE MENTALIST

b. MICHAEL C. HALL, DEXTER

c. JON HAMM, MAD MEN

d. HUGH LAURIE, HOUSE WILL WIN House’s Hugh Laurie had a stand-out season, with his Gregory House coming back after an intense rehab session: solo anguish is catnip to voters.

e. BILL PAXTON, BIG LOVE

4. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. 30 ROCK

b. ENTOURAGE

c. GLEE WILL WIN The season’s most innovative new show, and one of the rare times a Globe could be given to a series that meets both of this category’s description: it’s a comedy and a musical.

d. MODERN FAMILY

e. THE OFFICE

5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. TONI COLLETTE, UNITED STATES OF TARA

b. COURTENEY COX, COUGAR TOWN WILL WIN Courtney Cox’s comic comeback in Cougar Town could easily charm voters into a deserved Globe. She plays her role’s broad-comedy without seeming foolish or desperate.

c. EDIE FALCO, NURSE JACKIE

d. TINA FEY, 30 ROCK

e. LEA MICHELE, GLEE

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK WILL WIN Alec Baldwin is peerless at comic ruthlessness in 30 Rock, and his Jack Donaghy is probably America’s most beloved corporate suit as well as a voter fave.

b. STEVE CARELL, THE OFFICE

c. DAVID DUCHOVNY, CALIFORNICATION

d. THOMAS JANE, HUNG

e. MATTHEW MORRISON, GLEE

7. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

b. GREY GARDENS WILL WIN HBO always dominates the tv-movie races, and this adapted story of the eccentric Beales, mother and daughter, is the production that’ll be hard to beat this year.

c. INTO THE STORM

d. LITTLE DORRIT

e. TAKING CHANCE

8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. JOAN ALLEN, GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

b. DREW BARRYMORE, GREY GARDENS

c. JESSICA LANGE, GREY GARDENS WILL WIN As Mama Edie Beale, Lange faces close competition with her co-star, Drew Barrymore, but I’ll bet Lange’s magisterial acting wins the Globe.

d. ANNA PAQUIN, THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER

e. SIGOURNEY WEAVER, PRAYERS FOR BOBBY

9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. KEVIN BACON, TAKING CHANCE

b. KENNETH BRANAGH, WALLANDER: ONE STEP BEHIND

c. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, ENDGAME

d. BRENDAN GLEESON, INTO THE STORM WILL WIN Gleeson as a thundering Winston Churchill, in an HBO production? Engrave the Globe with his name right now.

e. JEREMY IRONS, GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. JANE ADAMS, HUNG

b. ROSE BYRNE, DAMAGES

c. JANE LYNCH, GLEE WILL WIN Lynch has so many stand-out monologues as Sue the gym teacher that whatever was submitted for Globes consideration probably had them rolling in their little foreign aisles.

d. JANET McTEER, INTO THE STORM

e. CHLOË SEVIGNY, BIG LOVE

11. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. MICHAEL EMERSON, LOST

b. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

c. WILLIAM HURT, DAMAGES

d. JOHN LITHGOW, DEXTER WILL WIN Lithgow is a Globe favorite dating back to his Third Rock From The Sun days and they’ll want to reward his turn to dead-serious villainy here.

e. JEREMY PIVEN, ENTOURAGE

So: Who do you think will win?

See the Golden Globes 2010 Winners List

More: Dave Karger: Beat my Golden Globe predictions!

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