The Golden Globes TV nominations are, as always, an odd lot. On the one hand, they're predictable, with automatic nods to Sally Field, Mariska Hargitay, America Ferrera, Rachel Griffiths, and Tony Shalhoub. One the other hand, they are filled with wonderful surprises.
The best surprise: "In Treatment," which was given short shrift by the Emmys this year, got a few significant nominations including Best Drama. As a big supporter of the HBO therapy show, which will indeed be back for a second season, I am delighted. It's a demanding, rewarding series unlike any other I've ever seen on TV. "In Treatment" actors Gabriel Byrne, Melissa George, Dianne Wiest, and Blair Underwood also got their due.
The second best surprise: The Globes also paid unexpected attention to "True Blood," the funny, bizarre HBO's vampire series from Alan Ball, and its lead actress, Anna Paquin. The show hasn't gotten the acclaim of so many other HBO ventures, but it's good and fun and worthy of awards notice.
Other random goodies: I'm happy to see "Californication" and David Duchovny get some notice for this far-out Showtime series about the seductions and romance of LA. Also, I'm glad the Globes have given a nod to January Jones along with the other deserving "Mad Men" nominations for best drama and best actor (Jon Hamm). And "John Adams" and the superb "Bernard and Doris" are worth every nomination they won.
Disappointments: No "Friday Night Lights"? COME ON. The show deserves some love -- actually, a lot of love. No supporting actress nod to Mia Wasikowska from "In Treatment"? She delivered the best performance of the year. Where is "The Wire"? "Lost"? Oh well. Also, the five nominations for "Recount" seem wasted to me. The movie wasn't nearly as satirical and powerful as it could have been, and the performances were unimpressive.
What do you think? Here's the full list:
TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christina Applegate - “Samantha Who?”
America Ferrera - “Ugly Betty”
Tina Fey - “30 Rock”
Debra Messing - “The Starter Wife”
Mary-Louise Parker - “Weeds”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin - “30 Rock”
Steve Carell - “The Office”
Kevin Connelly - “Entourage”
David Duchovny - “Californication”
Tony Shalhoub - “Monk”
TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“In Treatment” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Blood” (HBO)
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SERIES – DRAMA
Sally Field — “Brothers and Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay — “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”
January Jones — “Mad Men”
Anna Paquin — “True Blood”
Kyra Sedgwick — “The Closer
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES – DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne — “In Treatment”
Michael Hall — “Dexter”
Jon Hamm — “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie — “House”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers — “The Tudors”
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
“A Raisin in the Sun”
“Bernard and Doris”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Judi Dench — “Cranford”
Catherine Keener — “An American Crime”
Laura Linney — “John Adams”
Shirley Maclaine — “Coco Chanel”
Susan Sarandon — “Bernard and Doris”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Ralph Fiennes — “Bernard and Doris”
Paul Giamatti — “John Adams”
Kevin Spacey — “Recount”
Kiefer Sutherland — “24: Redemption”
Tom Wilkinson –”Recount”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Eileen Atkins — “Cranford”
Laura Dern — “Recount”
Melissa George — “In Treatment”
Rachel Griffiths — “Brothers and Sisters”
Dianne Wiest — “In Treatment”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Neil Patrick Harris — “How I Met Your Mother”
Denis Leary — “Recount”
Jeremy Piven — “Entourage”
Blair Underwood — “In Treatment”
Tom Wilkinson — “John Adams”
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