Look for the acclaimed comedy “Catastrophe,” which scores a jaw-dropping 100% at Rotten Tomatoes and 87 at MetaCritic, to be a strong contender at the Golden Globes. This Brit hit was created by its stars and follows the unlikely love story of an American adman (Rob Delaney) visiting London who hooks up with an Irish school teacher (Sharon Horgan). Their whirlwind week-long fling leads to an unexpected pregnancy, he relocates to London and the two eventually fall in love. The second six-episode season jumps ahead a few years as Rob and Sharon are now married, coping with the highs and lows of new parenthood, and expecting a second bundle of joy.
Let’s take a look at our top five reasons why it will do well at the Golden Globes.
1. It is a new-ish show
The Globes have a long history of embracing new shows, and “Catastrophe” really hit its stride this year. While the first season was released stateside on Amazon Prime in mid-2015, it was the second season, that streamed in in April of this year, which put it on the map. There is a very good chance that “Catastrophe” might feature in the Best Comedy Series category next month, that could also include other shiny new toys “Atlanta,” “Better Things,” “Divorce” (created by Horgan), “Insecure” and “One Mississippi.”
2. “Catastrophe” is already on the awards radar
Unlike those other shows, “Catastrophe” has already proven itself on the awards radar. Delaney and Horgan won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Writing against some of the heavyweights of British comedy, and followed that up with an Emmy nomination in the hotly contested Best Comedy Writing category (eventually losing to Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang for “Master of None”). Horgan was also nominated at the BAFTAs for Best Female Comedy Performance, and the show garnered a bid at last year’s Critics’ Choice TV Awards in the Best Comedy Series category (it was bested again by “Master of None”).
3. Globe voters love Amazon
Amazon has won the Best Comedy Series category the last two years running with “Transparent” in 2014 and “Mozart in the Jungle” in 2015. And remember, “Mozart” did not reap any Globe bids for its first season, but crashed the party last year with wins for the show and leading man Gael Garcia Bernal.
4. “Casual” laid the groundwork
Last year, streaming service Hulu surprised many when “Casual” nabbed a Best Comedy Series nomination. That is a relatively small show which had not received nearly as much attention as the likes of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Grace and Frankie.” And like “Catastrophe,” “Casual” takes a frank look at sex and relationships.
5. The Globes love British comedies
“Episodes,” another US/UK co-production like “Catastrophe,” scored consecutive nominations for Best Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012. And leading man Matt LeBlanc won Best Comedy Actor in 2011 and was nominated again the following year. Also recall that Globe favorite Ricky Gervais first hit the American awards scene back in 2003 when his original version of “The Office” pulled off an upset here by winning Best Comedy Series.
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