At the Golden Globe Awards last year Netflix’s hit breakout series “Stranger Things” earned two nominations: Best TV Drama Series and Best TV Drama Actress (Winona Ryder). It ended up losing both prizes to its fellow rookie Netflix series “The Crown” and its breakout star Claire Foy. That was still lots to celebrate for the streaming service as “The Crown” became its first program to win a major series award. But can “Stranger Things” rebound in year two?
When “Stranger Things” made its debut back in July of 2016, the buzz might’ve died down a bit by the time the Golden Globes took place in January 2017, especially compared to “The Crown,” which premiered last November. This year the buzz should be more pronounced for “Stranger Things” season two: nominations are announced on December 11, and the season just debuted on October 27, which should keep it fresher in voters’ minds.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association usually loves to award new programs in their first seasons, but second or third season winners have been known to happen for shows that peak in popularity a little later on. “Lost” (2006) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2007) both won Best Drama Series in their second years. “24” (2004) prevailed in its third year. On the comedy side, “Mozart in the Jungle” (2016) won for its second year and “Modern Family” (2012) won for its third. However, “Stranger Things” still faces tough competition from attention-grabbing first-year shows such as “The Deuce,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Mindhunter.”
“The Deuce” has the benefit of being an acclaimed new series on HBO with movie stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead roles (they’re both also producers of the series). Like “Stranger Things” it premiered in the fall, so it’s likely to be remembered by voters.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” also has a lot going for it after its success at the Primetime Emmys back in September, where it became the first streaming series to win Best Drama Series there. It certainly has the momentum, though Globe voters may wish to strike out on their own rather than rubber-stamp the TV academy’s choice.
“Mindhunter” is like “Stranger Things” in that it’s also a Netflix series that debuted fairly recently (October 13) to lots of acclaim. Not to mention that it has Globe winners Charlize Theron (“Monster”) and David Fincher (“The Social Network”) as executive producers.
And speaking of second-season shows that could get a boost this year, NBC’s hit breakout series “This is Us” could also potentially rebound at the Globes after being completely shutout at last year’s ceremony.
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