Golden Globe voters discover ‘Glee’

12.15.09 8 years ago


“Glee,” FOX’s heavily promoted little-musical-that-could, was the big Golden Globes breakthrough in the nominations announced on Tuesday (Dec. 15) morning in Beverly Hills.
The show-choir series, which had a one-episode premiere on FOX last spring before formally premiering in September, earned a nomination for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical and also snagged acting nominations for Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch.
A second new show, ABC’s “Modern Family,” joined “Glee” in the Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical field, along with returning favorites “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Entourage.”
In general, in fact, the comedy categories were heavily populated by first-year shows.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy was especially open to fresh blood, with nominations for Michele, Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) and Courteney Cox (“Cougar Town”). Only Tina Fey from “30 Rock” was nominated for a returning show.
Another new show with comedy representation was “Hung.” In addition to Jane Adams’ supporting actress nomination, Thomas Jane is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy against Morrison and returning favorites Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell and David Duchovny. 
The recognition for new shows didn’t carry over into the drama categories, where the only freshman series to get recognition was CBS’ “The Good Wife,” with a nod for star Julianna Margulies.
In the Best Television Series, Drama category, it’s last year’s winner “Mad Men” going against repeat nominees “Dexter,” “House” and “True Blood,” plus returning former nominee “Big Love.”
Each of the Best Series nominees also earned acting nods, with Jon Hamm and January Jones for “Mad Men,” Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow for “Dexter” and Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny for “Big Love.” “House” and “True Blood” had nods for stars Hugh Laurie and Anna Paquin respectively.
As usually tends to be the case, HBO dominated the movies/miniseries field, with “Into the Storm” and “Grey Gardens” both taking a pair of acting nods,  plus nominations for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.” There may be some unexpected competition, though, from Lifetime’s “Georgia O’Keeffe,” which also took three nominations including votes for Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen.
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air live on NBC on January 17 at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT.

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