Cable Dominates Golden Globe Nominations


Cable network's programming dominated the TV nominations for this year's Golden Globe Awards announced Dec. 11.

And it looks like whoever wins will actually get a chance to pick up the statue this year: Though ballots for a strike authorization vote by the Screen Actors Guild will be out by Jan. 11, the date of the awards, the result of the vote is not due until Jan. 23. Last year, a no-star, truncated version of the Golden Globes was held after actors boycotted the dinner, held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in support of the strike by the Writers Guild of America.

HBO scored the most nominations with 22, including nods for best comedy, for Entourage, and for best drama, for In Treatment and True Blood. The premium channel also led the miniseries category with nominations for Bernard and Doris, John Adams and Recount.
Showtime had the next highest tally, with eight nominations, including best comedy nods for Californication and Weeds, plus drama honors for Dexter. 
The foreign scribes showed love for Emmy winner Mad Men, nominating the AMC series as best drama. TV husband and wife Jon Hamm and January Jones were also nominated for their roles. Unlike the Emmys, the foreign press did not nominate anyone from the channel's other critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad.

“When AMC introduced original series to our audience we did so with the goal of finding and nurturing the best story telling and author-driven projects," general manager Charlie Collier said in a release. "The recognition received today reaffirms and strengthens the network’s commitment to the best cinematic programming on television.” Mad Men won two Golden Globes in 2007.

HBO is continuing its dominance in the movie and miniseries category, with nominations for best made-for-TV film for Bernard and Doris (plus acting nominations for leads Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes), John Adams (Emmy winners Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney were nominated) and Recount. 

In Treatment and Recount tied for the most nominations for television fare, with five nominations each, followed closely by John Adams with four.

USA Network garnered a pair of nods for Tony Shaloub's and Debra Messing's lead roles in Monk and The Starter Wife, while Kyra Sedgwick scored for cable’s top drama, TNT’s The Closer. Shirley Maclaine was also nominated for her portrayal of Coco Chanel in Lifetime's self-titled telefilm.

The overall TV nominations tally: 22 for HBO, Showtime, eight; NBC, six; ABC, five; AMC, Fox and PBS, three each; USA Network, two; and CBS, Lifetime and TNT, one apiece.

Starz' nascent sister studio, Overture Films, could get a share of the Golden glow, also. The freshman studio put out Last Chance Harvey, garnering acting nominations for stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in theatrical categories.

The awards will be telecast by NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Jan. 11.

Read a complete list of the Golden Globe nominations here.