Starz shines with six Golden Globe nominations

The Starz television network got a huge and unexpected boost last week when their programming scored six Golden Globe nominations.

This was not only the best showing the pay network has ever had at the Globes, but it also managed to land in a three-way-tie for second place among the nets nominated with regular competitor Showtime and newcomer Netflix.

Starz reaped bids for two miniseries: “Dancing on the Edge” and “The White Queen.” Both programs first aired in England on the co-producing BBC. 

Dancing on the Edge,” tells the story of a black jazz band and how they get caught up in the aristocracy of 1930’s London while in the pursuit of success. The program scored nominations for Best TV Movie/Mini, Movie/Mini Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and TV Supporting Actress for Jacqueline Bisset.

The White Queen,” is based on the series of novels by Philippa Gregory which details the rivalry between Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville as they fought for power in 15th century England. The show scored nominations for Best TV Movie/Mini, Movie/Mini Actor for Rebecca Ferguson and TV Supporting Actress for Janet McTeer.

While this is the most nominations Starz has received at the Globes, it has had a presence at other awards. Back in 2011, the network scored nine Emmy nominations including one for Best Movie/Mini for “The Pillars of the Earth.” However, the following year, it got just one Emmy nominations and this past year, only three bids, all in technical categories. Will these two miniseries be remembered when Emmy voting comes around?

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