Did we all underestimate just how much the Golden Globes prefer shiny new shows? “I knew they liked new things; I just didn’t realize how much they’d like new things, especially on the drama side,” Paul Sheehan quipped in our Golden Globes TV nominations slugfest with editors Tom O’Neil, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery, Marcus James Dixon, Susan Wloszczyna and myself (watch above).
The Best Drama Series lineup features five shows all on their first nominations, four of which are new shows: “The Americans,” “Bodyguard,” “Homecoming,” “Killing Eve” and “Pose.” “The Americans” concluded its six-season run in May, but it had never received a series nomination at the Globes before. “I was debating dropping ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ because Season 2 was so divisive, but that was my only returning nominee, and I was like, ‘They’re not going to do all first-timers, will they?'” I said. “And then they did.”
On the comedy side, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated another first-time oldie, “The Good Place.” “This is Season 3, so this is an elderly show at the Golden Globes, but it got in for the first time for series and for Kristen Bell,” Dixon said. Bell’s Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress bid is notable in that she made the cut without Ted Danson, who won Critics’ Choice last year and just got an Emmy nomination.
“If you’d said, 100 percent guaranteed one ‘Good Place’ actor is going to get in … I would’ve said Ted Danson because they gave him several awards for ‘Cheers’ over the years,” Beachum said.
As far as winners, both series races will be tough to crack. Most of us have Sandra Oh winning Best Drama Actress for “Killing Eve,” now that she’s co-hosting the Globes with Andy Samberg, but will the Globes pair her up with series victory?
“I feel like ‘Killing Eve’ missing Jodie Comer and ‘Homecoming’ getting in Stephan James … who wasn’t an obvious slam-dunk nomination, especially since they were going to nominate Julia Roberts anyway, so they could pair those up without Stephan James, so I think I might be predicting ‘Homecoming’ here,” Montgomery said. “I think maybe Julia wins Best Actress anyway.”
And in comedy, don’t be so quick to predict “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” again — no show has defended in Best Comedy Series since “Glee” eight years ago. “It’s very rare that something wins back to back, so ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ may be the underdog here,” Dixon said.