When it came to the nominations, Home Box Office was golden.
With 16 nods, the premium network scored the most 2006 Golden Globe nominations, including a pair in the musical or comedy category and one among the drama contenders.
All told, cable claimed 27 of the 57 nominations across 11 TV categories.
Viewers tuning into NBC’s coverage of the awards show Jan. 16, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), will discover whether Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm or Hollywood buddy series Entourage will earn comedic/musical laurels from the foreign press over Showtime’s Weeds, NBC’s My Name is Earl, UPN’s Everybody Hates Chris, or 2005 winner, ABC’s Desperate Housewives.
On the dramatic side, Rome, the $100 million collaboration between HBO and the BBC, is in the running against Fox’s freshman sensation Prison Break and a trio from ABC: Commander in Chief, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost.
David earned a best actor, comedy/musical nod, while Rome’s Polly Walker was joined by Glenn Close for FX’s The Shield and Kyra Sedgwick for TNT’s The Closer, basic cable’s highest-rated original series of 2005.
Mary-Louise Parker may feel a bit lonely against a quartet of Desperate Housewives — last year’s winner Teri Hatcher and co-stars Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria — in the best actress TV musical or comedy category, for her portrayal of single-mom, pot peddler Nancy Botwin in Weeds.
Elsewhere, cable’s a shoo-in the best miniseries or motion picture made for television arena as HBO grabbed nods for Empire Falls, Lackawanna Blues and Warm Springs, while BBC America, Showtime and TNT are in the hunt with Viva Blackpool, Sleeper Cell and Into the West, respectively.
Cable is also well positioned — with four of the five entries — in both the best performance by an actress and actor in a miniseries or a motion picture made for television categories.
On the distaff side, Kelly MacDonald (HBO’s The Girl in the Café), S, Epatha Merkerson (Lackawanna Blues), Cynthia Nixon (Warm Springs) and Mira Sorvino (Lifetime Television’s miniseries Human Trafficking) will vie against Halle Berry (ABC’s Their Eyes Were Watching God).
As for the guys, Kenneth Branagh (Warm Springs), Ed Harris (Empire Falls), Billy Nighy (The Girl in the Café) and Donald Sutherland (Human Trafficking) are up against Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (CBS’s Elvis).
Among supporting actresses and actors, cable garnered nods for Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) and Joanne Woodward (Empire Falls) and Paul Newman (Empire Falls) and Jeremy Piven (Entourage).