Sorry, ‘Mad Men’: You’re out of the Golden Globes race

Step aside, Don Draper. This year at the Golden Globes it’s time to make room for… Walter White?

Mad Men” is the undefeated Emmy champ (2008-2011) and three-time winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. However, the critically acclaimed AMC program went so long without airing an episode that they can’t be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. this year.

Unlike the Emmy Awards, which evaluate TV episodes from June to May, the Globes follow the same calendar year eligibility as other kudocasts such as the Academy Awards. The last episode of “Mad Men” aired way back on October 17, 2010, and with the fifth season not slated to begin until early 2012, that means there won’t be any nominations for TV’s most lauded drama.

While many networks would see this as bad news, for AMC, it’s merely a chance to promote another one of their series to the HFPA: “Breaking Bad.” The wonderfully dark drama about a chemistry teacher-turned-meth manufacturer has done well at the Emmys, particularly in the acting categories (three triumphs by Lead Actor Bryan Cranston and one win by Supporting Actor Aarol Paul), however the Golden Globes have only presented the show with a single nomination over the course of its first three seasons. That nod went to Cranston, who, along with “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, lost the most recent Lead Actor race to Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”).

Speaking of “Boardwalk Empire,” that’s the series that stole the crown from “Mad Men” last year, preventing it from winning four consecutive Globes in the top drama race. “Boardwalk Empire” is still a major contender this time around, especially with its top competitor forced to sit out. If “Breaking Bad” finally breaks through in the top category — and trust us, it deserves to based on such an incredible season — that means there are a trio of slots left to fill.

Last year the other three Best Drama nominees were “The Walking Dead,” “The Good Wife” and “Dexter,” and all three are still in the race now. Other top dramas to look out for include former nominees “True Blood” and “House” and new series such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Killing” and “American Horror Story,” the latter of which has a leg up on the competition thanks to its creator, Golden Globe favorite Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck,” “Glee”).

Below, watch the clip of Matthew Weiner accepting the 2010 Golden Globe for “Mad Men.”

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