Golden Globe TV nominations: The good, the bad, the ugly

While Thursday’s Golden Globe nominations snubbed many veteran TV shows and performers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. did so to make room for some of the new standouts. 

The Good
The Globes love to honor new TV, and this year is no exception. “American Horror Story,” “Boss,” “Enlightened,” “Homeland,” “Necessary Roughness,” “New Girl” and “Revenge” all figured in Thursday’s announcement, bumping out established series.

Where the Emmys love to nominate the same shows year in year out, there is something to be said for the Globes mixing it up every year. It is especially pleasing to see “Homeland” nab three nominations today after being inexplicably snubbed by SAG voters on Wednesday.

One star of a new USA drama — Patrick J. Adams (“Suits”) reaped a SAG bid — while another — Callie Thorne (“Necessary Roughness”) — earned a Globe nomination. 

The Bad
There needs to be a new rule for all awards shows: British TV series should not be allowed to masquerade as miniseries. Period. Coming off numerous Emmy wins last September, “Downton Abbey” got four Globe nods, including one for Best Movie/Miniseries. However, it has just finished airing its second season in the UK and has been renewed for a third as has “Luther,” which garnered a repeat nod for star Idris Elba. “The Hour,” with three nods this year, will begin shooting its second season next year as well. They simply are not miniseries.

Had somebody told me that Melissa McCarthy would reap BFCA and SAG nods for her breakthrough role in the comedy smash “Bridesmaids” but fall short at the Globes, I would have roared with laughter. And yet the HFPA, which did recognize the film as well as leading lady Kristin Wiig, didn’t see fit to nominate McCarthy for either “Bridesmaids” or her Emmy-winning work on “Mike & Molly.”

The Ugly
With all of the new series and performers nominated this year, there were bound to be some oversights. The most egregious of these: Bryan Cranston and Julianna Margulies are contending but their starring vehicles “Breaking Bad” and “The Good Wife” were snubbed in the Drama Series race. 

No disrespect to Paul Giamatti, but his 10-minute performance in “Too Big To Fail,” in which he barely registers anything other than a furrowed brow, is now not only an Emmy and SAG-nominated performance, but has also made an appearance in the ultra-competitive mish-mash that is the Supporting TV Actor category.

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