HBO has missed the Golden Globe Best Drama Series field just once — will it happen again this year?

Our predicted Best Drama Series Golden Globe lineup includes the reigning champ (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), three new shows (“Killing Eve,” “Homecoming” and “Pose”) and one concluded show that has never been nominated before (“The Americans”). It does not include an HBO series, and if one does not make the cut, this would mark just the second time HBO has been shut out of this race since it established itself as an original programming force.

HBO has accrued 26 nominations and three victories in this category, dating back to its very first bid in 2000 with “The Sopranos,” which won. Since then, the premium cable network has pulled one or two slots in the typically five-field lineup every year except in 2014, when its main pushes “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Newsroom” — all former nominees, with “Boardwalk” a former winner — all missed.

“Boardwalk” and “The Newsroom” are long gone and “Game of Thrones” didn’t air this year, leaving “Westworld” as HBO’s central drama focus (“Succession,” a low-key summer favorite, and “The Deuce,” which underwhelmed at the Globes last season, are also eligible, but are in 21st and 24th, respectively, in our odds). A nominee in 2017, “Westworld” is currently in seventh place, trailing “This Is Us” in sixth. The sci-fi Western had a well-received second season and won a major Emmy for Thandie Newton, in Best Drama Supporting Actress, in September.

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But what might hurt “Westworld” is the fact that it was MIA last season due to ineligibility. Everyone knows the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has no problem moving on from old shows in favor of new blood, and “Westworld” inadvertently aided that by skipping a cycle — out of sight, out of mind, you know? It’s rare but not impossible to return after an absence, whether it was forced or a snub; “Game of Thrones” has done it, but it’s also a far bigger and buzzier series than “Westworld.”

If “Westworld” doesn’t make it, it’ll be another two years before it even has a chance to show up at the Globes again. Season 3 is scheduled to start production in June and taking into account postproduction, it likely won’t air until 2020, making it eligible for the January 2021 ceremony. As for HBO, it will have two of its behemoths back for the next Globes cycle: the final season of “Game of Thrones” and Season 2 of “Big Little Lies,” which will now be in drama.

See all of HBO’s Best Drama Series nominees at the Globes below (*** denotes winner).

2000: “The Sopranos”***
2001: “The Sopranos”
2002: “Six Feet Under”***, “The Sopranos”
2003: “Six Feet Under,” “The Sopranos”
2004: “Six Feet Under”
2005: “Deadwood,” “The Sopranos”
2006: “Rome”
2007: “Big Love”
2008: “Big Love”
2009: “In Treatment,” “True Blood”
2010: “Big Love,” “True Blood”
2011: “Boardwalk Empire”***
2012: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones”
2013: “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Newsroom”
2014: none
2015: “Game of Thrones”
2016: “Game of Thrones”
2017: “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld”
2018: “Game of Thrones”

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