Ricky Gervais may not be back for next
year’s Golden Globe Awards, but cable series are a sure
Cable’s haul wasn’t as big as last year, but executives at
HBO, which picked up four statues at the 68th annual Golden
Globe ceremonies, were sufficiently pleased.
The premium network’s freshman series hit, Boardwalk
Empire, was awarded two Globes, the nod for best drama
and top drama actor for Steve Buscemi’s lead. HBO also
won for the fronting roles in a pair of telepics: Claire Danes
in Temple Grandin and Al Pacino in You Don’t Know Jack.
Katey Sagal won her first Globe as best actress in a TV
series (drama) for her portrayal of matriarch Gemma Teller
Morrow on FX’s motorcycle skein Sons of Anarchy; Sundance
Channel also got an inaugural trophy for the top
miniseries or film made for television, Carlos.
Laura Linney captured cable’s other Globe for best actress
in a comedy or musical for her role as dying cancer patient
Cathy Jamison in Showtime’s The Big C.
All told, cable collared wins in seven of the 11 TV categories
voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,
down from eight with the 2010 event.
Glee was TV’s big winner, with three Globes. Fox’s inclusive
high-school performance series repeated as top comedy
or musical, while Jane Lynch won for best supporting
actress for her tough-as-nails cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.
Chris Colfer was named the best supporting actor in
his role as gay teen Kurt Hummel.
The other TV Globe went to Jim Parsons for best actor in a
comedy or musical for his portrayal of the overbearing knowit-
all Sheldon Cooper in CBS’s hit, The Big Bang Theory. Parsons
also won the 2010 Emmy for his work as Cooper.
Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s expensive recreation of the
corruption that was Atlantic City, N.J., during the 1920s prohibition
era, stopped AMC’s retro advertising series Mad
Men from scoring a best TV drama four-peat. Boardwalk
also bested AMC’s rookie zombie hit, Walking Dead; Showtime’s
serial-killer skein, Dexter; and CBS’s The GoodWife.
Buscemi’s role as Atlantic City treasurer Nucky Thompson
— based on the real-life Enoch (Nucky) Johnson, the political
boss who once ruled the seaside town — thwarted Michael
C. Hall’s bid to repeat as best actor for his Dexter
Also nominated were Jon Hamm, for his creative-buttroubled
advertising executive Don Draper in Mad Men;
Bryan Cranston, a three-time Emmy Award winner for
his high school teacher turned crystal meth producer
Walt White in AMC’s Breaking Bad; and Hugh Laurie,
for his portrayal of an acerbic-but-brilliant doctor on
Danes, for her imagining of autistic animal doctor Temple
Grandin, and Pacino, for his take on controversial suicide
physician Jack Kevorkian, backed up their Emmy wins
with top acting honors in the movie category.
Sundance took home its first Globe for miniseries Carlos,
a look at international terrorist “Carlos the Jackal,” in an all
cable-nominated category that also included HBO’s World
War II miniseries The Pacific, You Don’t Know Jack and Temple
Grandin, and Starz’s Pillars of the Earth.