When it comes to predicting Best Series winners at the Golden Globes, Charles Bright always looks to see “which shows can net three nominations: usually a program, a lead performer and a supporting performer.” But that doesn’t narrow it down much this year since so many contenders were able to pull off that trifecta. Bright joined fellow Gold Derby contributors Kevin Jacobsen and myself to suss out the nominees and hunt down a victor. Watch our entire slugfest above.
Globe voters are known for abandoning older shows in favor of shiny new objects. For Best TV Comedy Series, last year’s winner “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is this year’s only returning nominee. It defends its crown against first-timers “Barry,” “The Good Place,” “Kidding” and “The Kominsky Method.”
Of those, “Barry,” “Kominsky” and “Maisel” also snagged lead and supporting acting nominations. Meanwhile, “The Good Place” and “Kidding” both received lead performance bids, but none for supporting players. Now Bright is banking on “Barry” and its Emmy-winning star Bill Hader “to pull this one out.”
Jacobsen is thrilled to see “The Good Place” break through in its third season for Comedy Series and for lead actress Kristen Bell, although he “would’ve loved to see Ted Danson too.” He’s looking at Bell, in fact, to possibly upset “Maisel’s” defending champion Rachel Brosnahan since “they’ve done ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.’ I don’t know if they are going to do it again.” The same could go for Comedy Series, considering that the Globes often like to award a series and an actor hand-in-hand.
Elsewhere, the Best TV Drama Series contest features five brand new contenders, four of which are in their freshman year: “Bodyguard,” “Homecoming,” “Killing Eve” and “Pose.” Joining them is “The Americans,” nominated in this category for the first time for its farewell season, which concluded in May. Surprisingly absent from this race is last year’s victor, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Jacobsen gives “Killing Eve” a slight edge since recently announced Globes co-host Sandra Oh “presumably is a front-runner in Drama Actress,” even over “Homecoming’s” Julia Roberts. But at the same time “Pose” is “groundbreaking” in its representations of trans characters played by trans actors. “That is a show that has not been really rewarded too much along the way so far. I think they would love to put a stamp on that show and say, ‘We got there first.'” It certainly helps that Billy Porter snagged a surprise bid for Best TV Drama Actor.
Bright, on the other hand, is looking at “Bodyguard” because it’s so recent, having premiered on Netflix on October 24 following its UK broadcast in August, “and it just hit that cultural zeitgeist right at the perfect moment for this.” And like “Pose,” the show picked up an unexpected lead-acting nomination for its star Richard Madden.
As for me, I’m keeping my ear to the ground a little bit more before going out on any limbs. But no matter what happens in this race, we’re sure to be celebrating a new champ when the winners are announced on January 6.
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on January 22.