‘Glee’ in tune with Golden Globes

Reigning Comedy Series champ “Glee” was the top TV show at Tuesday’s Golden Globe nominations, landing five bids. It contends again for top comedy against returning nominees “30 Rock” and “Modern Family” as well as established hit “The Big Bang Theory” and freshman series “The BIg C.” “Entourage” and “The Office” were dropped from the lineup.

Three-time Drama Series champ “Mad Men” and perennial nominee “Dexter” contend against two hot newcomers — “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Walking Dead” — as well as sophomore hit “The Good Wife.” Last year’s nominees “Big Love,” “House,” and “True Blood” missed the cut. 

Both comedy players races have four of last year’s contenders returning. Among the funny men are last year’s Comedy Actor Alex Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Steve Carell (“The Office”), Thomas Jane (“Hung”) and Matthew Morrison (“Glee”). They are joined by recent Emmy winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory” who replaces the ineligible David Duchovny (“Californication”).

Last year’s Comedy Actress winner Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) is in the hunt for a matching bookend against recent Emmy winner Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), two-time Globe champ Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), returning nominee Lea Michele (“Glee) and newcomer Laura Linney (“The Big C”) who edged out Courteney Cox (“Cougartown”) for the fifth slot.

Drama Actor champ Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) vies again against two previous winners — Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Hugh Laurie (“House”) — as well as three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) who finally made it in and newcomer Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”). Missing are last year’s nominees Simon Baker (“The Mentalist) and Bill Paxton (“Big Love”).

Drama Actress winner Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) returns to the race as does recent Emmy champ Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”). They compete against new nominees Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs)” and Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”) who replace Glenn Close (“Damages”), January Jones (“Mad Men”) and Anna Paquin (“True Blood”).

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