“The question always with Golden Globe voters is what do they keep, what do they get rid of, and what brand new shows do they want to award,” says Chris Beachum, introducing our first Golden Globes TV predictions editors slugfest of the season. He discussed the drama series races along with Daniel Montgomery and Paul Sheehan. It’s the “whole mentality” of the Globes to get rid of old nominees and winners and usher in a new class of freshman shows. Watch their discussion above or listen to the podcast version below.
“I think ‘The Crown’ is safe to make it back in,” says Sheehan about the defending champ for Best TV Drama Series, which returns to Netflix for its second season on December 8. “But I think they’re going to have such a hard time, like they did at the Emmys, against something that is shinier and newer, which is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ I think the Golden Globes will endorse the TV academy’s decision, which is unusual for them.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” swept the Emmys, winning eight awards out of its 13 nominations, including Best Drama Series. It certainly fits the mold of the hot new series that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association so often likes to recognize, and it’s the frontrunner to win according to our latest racetrack odds, but Globe voters usually prefer it if they can beat the Emmys to the punch, putting a show on the map that hasn’t had a chance to compete at the Emmys yet, like the last three Best Drama champs “The Affair” (2015), “Mr. Robot” (2016), and “The Crown” (2017).
“It is a little old by Golden Globe standards,” Montgomery notes of “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” spring debut. “A lot of times they like to go with something that premiered in the summer or fall so they get the first crack at it. There are a lot of potential shows like that, like ‘The Deuce,’ ‘The Good Doctor,’ ‘Mindhunter,’ and ‘Ozark.'”
So it all comes down to Beachum’s original question: we know the Globes love new shows, but which new shows will they love this year?
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