The Golden Globes tend to be pretty difficult to predict, but one thing that has been pretty reliable in recent years has been the willingness to recognize new TV series at the awards.
Which could make for a very crowded comedy field this year.
The mini-renaissance of TV comedy this year, on both broadcast and cable networks, could land several new shows in the best comedy series category when the nominations are announced Tuesday. In fact, it’s not inconceivable to envision an all-new field in the category, made up of, say, “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town,” “Nurse Jackie” and “United States of Tara.”
OK, so that’s probably also not very likely. It’s hard to see last year’s winner, “30 Rock,” getting overlooked, and probably at least one of the other 2008 nominees — “Californication,” “Entourage,” “The Office” and “Weeds” — will make the cut too (“The Big Bang Theory,” which has become a top-15 hit this year, could also be in the mix). But “Glee” and “Modern Family” feel like strong contenders, and either “Jackie” or “Tara” could take a spot too.
“Cougar Town” may not make the series cut, but Courteney Cox could get a nod for best actress in a comedy. Ditto for “Nurse Jackie” star Edie Falco (a two-time winner for “The Sopranos”), “Glee’s” Lea Michele and “Tara’s” Toni Collette, who won an Emmy for her role in September.
Picking a standout actor from “Modern Family” is a little tougher, since no member of the ensemble is showcased much more than any other. If I were a one-man Hollywood Foreign Press Association, though, I’d seriously consider supporting nominations to Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara (and possibly Rico Rodriguez too). I also wouldn’t be shocked if Thomas Jane picked up a nomination for his work on “Hung.”
On the drama side, new shows will likely be less of a factor, though “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies seems like a near-lock for a best actress nomination. Newbies “FlashForward” and “V” have lost some of the buzz that surrounded them earlier in the year, and the HFPA seems to like edgier fare than two of the most popular shows on TV, the veteran “NCIS” and its spinoff, “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
Which new shows would you like to see make the Golden Globes cut this year?
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