Can ‘The Walking Dead’ stir Golden Globe voters?

AMC has enjoyed only mixed success at the Golden Globes. Sure “Mad Men” has won best drama series for the past three years (just like it has at the Emmys) and leads Jon Hamm and January Jones have contended. Coming off its strongest season yet, expect this show to figure strongly in this year’s nominations too.

However, “Breaking Bad” and its star — three-time Emmy champ Bryan Cranston — have yet to break through with the HFPA. The dark, dank tone of that drama have proven too much for Globe voters. So what will they make of AMC’s  newest show — the zombie fest “The Walking Dead”?

The limited-run series is a ratings smash and was a hit with the critics too. AMC is touting the pedigree of creator Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption”; “The Green Mile’) and Globe voters love to reward Hollywood veterans.  And the HFPA is far more welcoming to sci-fi, fantasy and horror fare than the TV academy. if enough voters see the show and appreciate its overall vision, The Walking Dead” might make a surprise appearance in the Best Drama Series category.

Although “Rubicon,” AMC’s other new series, has garnered lots of support from TV critics, its ratings have been woeful. The Globes might throw this complex mystery series a lifeline, so don’t count out names like James Badge Dale as the show’s main protagonist, Miranda Richardson (also in with a great chance in Supporting FIlm Actress for her role in “Made in Dagenham”), and perhaps even Arliss Howard in a comeback of sorts.

Photo: One of “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

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