The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. spread the wealth in their announcement of the best TV programs of 2017. “Big Little Lies” lead with six nominations, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series. “Feud: Bette and Joan” was close behind with four, while “Fargo,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “This Is Us” earned three nominations apiece. Fan favorite “Stranger Things” reaped two, while “Game of Thrones” returned to Best Drama Series and “Outlander” star Caitriona Balfe scored her third consecutive bid for Best Drama Actress. (Click here to see the complete list of nominations.)
Among the laffers, “Black-ish,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Master of None,” “SMILF,” and “Will & Grace” all received two bids each including Best Comedy Series. Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), and Will McCormick (“Will & Grace”) all compete in Best Comedy Actor, while Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”) are both contending for the first time in Best Comedy Actress.
Last year’s victor “Atlanta” is absent from the category, since its second season doesn’t premiere until 2018. Also missing are Emmy favorite “Veep” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which won the Globe in 2003 and received raves for its ninth season return after six years off the air.
William H. Macy returns to the Best Comedy Actor race for “Shameless,” while Kevin Bacon made his first appearance for “I Love Dick.” Absent are Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent” (although that’s probably due to recent controversies).
Issa Rae reaped her second consecutive Globe bid as Best Comedy Actress for “Insecure,” despite missing out at the Emmys. Nominated for the first time are Emmy contender Pamela Adlon for “Better Things” and Alison Brie for “GLOW.” Snubbed were six-time Emmy victor Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep” and Debra Messing in “Will & Grace.”
A pair of shows tied for the most drama nominations with three each: Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which competes for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd); and “This Is Us,” which scored bids for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Sterling K. Brown), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Chrissy Metz). “Handmaid’s,” Moss, Brown, and Dowd all won Emmys earlier this year, while Metz was bested in her category by Dowd.
Last year’s Globes drama champ, “The Crown,” is back in the running, as is Best Drama Actress winner Claire Foy. “Stranger Things” also returned with bids for Best Drama Series and Best TV Supporting Actor (David Harbour), while HBO’s Emmy-juggernaut “Game of Thrones” rounds out the five with one sole bid.
Emmy titan “Big Little Lies” lead the overall TV nominations with six, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series, a pair for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress (Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon), Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor (Alexander Skarsgard), and two for Best TV Supporting Actress (Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley). Kidman, Skarsgard, and Dern all won Emmys for their roles in the FX series, and could repeat here.
FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” was close behind with four bids, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series, two for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress (Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon), and Best TV Supporting Actor (Alfred Molina).
“Fargo” also had a strong showing for FX with three nominations, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor (Ewan McGregor) and Best TV Supporting Actor (David Thewlis).
They compete against USA’s “The Sinner,” which also reaped a bid for star Jessica Biel, and Sundance Channel’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”
HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” scored a pair of bids for stars Robert De Niro (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Best TV Supporting Actress). De Niro contends against Emmy rivals McGregor and Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”), Jude Law (“The Young Pope”), and Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”); MacLachlan, funny enough, won a Globe for the original “Twin Peaks” in 1991 as Best Drama Actor.
Christian Slater reaped his third consecutive bid as Best TV Supporting Actor for “Mr. Robot,” though star Rami Malek and the series were both absent.