With 17 in all, Home Box Office scored the most 2006 Golden Globe nominations, including a pair in the musical or comedy series category and one among the drama contenders.
All told, premium and basic networks claimed 27 of the 57 nominations across 11 television categories. That’s down from 33 of the 56 nominations in 2005, when cable collectively claimed six Golden Globes.
Viewers tuning into NBC’s Jan. 16 coverage discover whether Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm or Hollywood buddy series Entourage will earn comedy/musical laurels from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over Showtime’s Weeds (a first nod in this key category for the premium net); NBC’s My Name is Earl; UPN’s Everybody Hates Chris; or the 2005 winner, ABC’s Desperate Housewives.
On the dramatic side, the $100 million Rome is in the running.
David again earned a nod for best actor, comedy or musical series, while in the competition among actresses in a dramatic series, Rome’s Polly Walker is joined by Glenn Close, for FX’s The Shield; and Kyra Sedgwick for Turner Network Television’s The Closer.
Mary-Louise Parker may feel a bit lonely against a quartet of Desperate Housewives in the best actress in a TV musical or comedy category, for Weeds, which was renewed for a second season last week.
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 game with Viva Blackpool, Sleeper Cell and Into the West, respectively.
Cable has four of the five entries in both the best performance by an actress and actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV 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 Human Trafficking) will vie against Halle Berry (ABC’s Their Eyes Were Watching God).
Among 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 in the miniseries, movie or series categories, cable garnered nods for Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Joanne Woodward (Empire Falls), Paul Newman (Empire Falls) and Jeremy Piven (Entourage).