Golden Globes TV comedy: No new jokes?

When the Golden Globe nominations are announced, don’t expect to hear the names of many new TV series and breakout stars. Even if the HFPA wants to continue their love affair with the hip and the new, the new fall TV season has left much to be desired. Indeed, the freshman class of 2011 may even be sitting this one out when the red carpet is rolled out at the Beverly Hilton this January.

On the comedy side, things look grim, as the nets have failed to create any breakout hits like they did last year. No joke: most of the new comedies dished out by the big four broadcast nets are sub-par to say the least.

CBS and Fox each have a semi-hit on their schedules with “Mike & Molly” and “Raising Hope” and both shows might garner some attention. Similarly, NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” and “Community” might make the kind of impact that Emmy voters couldn’t bring themselves to do this year. Beyond the broadcast nets, the HFPA may deem Showtime’s “The Big C” worthy of recognition and worthy to fulfill the new show quota.

Instead, it looks like it’ll be all about “Glee” and “Modern Family” again, and although that’s not a problem in and of itself, that means the new shows desperately needing promotion (and isn’t that one of the reasons for awards shows to begin with?) will be left on the bench while the class of last year (and years before) nudge them out of the way.

Photo: Cast of “Mike and Molly” (CBS)


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