“The Good Wife” is enjoying the kind of creative resurgence that is rarely seen in a TV series well into its fifth season. I am betting that this CBS Sunday night staple will triumph as Best Drama Series at the Golden Globes.
Looking back, this unprecedented bid shouldn't have been that surprising as this season has scored an impressive 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Indeed, the show has garnered the kind of reviews usually reserved for its Best Drama Series rival “Breaking Bad.” Stephen Marche of Esquire recently noted, “it is a rare show that starts to come into its own in the middle of its fifth season, but somehow CBS's 'The Good Wife' has managed to do it. This season has been among the strongest I’ve seen, and the last two episodes may be the best television produced this year.”
HFPA members took notice. Besides its Drama Series nomination, Julianna Margulies reaped her fifth straight Drama Actress bid (she won in 2009) while Josh Charles contends for the first time in the competitive mishmash category of Best TV Supporting Actor.
A broadcast network TV series has not won Best Drama since “Grey’s Anatomy” prevailed in 2006. Perhaps Globe voters will not pass up the chance to finally award “Breaking Bad” for its final season. However, that show has never been a favorite of the foreign press, having only been nominated in this top race for the first time last year.
Yes, Globe voters tend to gravitate towards edgier fare, having bestowed this award on such shows as “The Shield” (2002), “Nip/Tuck” (2004), “Boardwalk Empire” (2010) and “Homeland” the last two years in a row. That bias might give “House of Cards” an advantage; it leads all contenders with four total nominations.
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Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES
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DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")