No Louis C.K. or Steve Carell, but Matt LeBlanc? Welcome to the head-scratching TV nominees for Golden Globes
They are movie critics, so who really expects them to know television?
That's the way you often explain some of the choices made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when the list of TV nominees for the Golden Globes are announced.
Until Emmy cleaned up its act a few years ago, the Globes were the best chance for hip yet-underwatched performers to get a spotlight -- and maybe goose a response from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (you know, Emmy voters).
But this year, the Globes may have gone overboard. A nomination for the incomprehensible American Horror Story but no drama series nomination for Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead? No nomination for FX's tour de force Louie but a nomination for the the well-intentioned but little-seen Enlightened and Episodes?
Lots of missed opportunities in the acting nominees; much as I love Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) and Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness), these are two great performers who didn't quite measure up to their competition.
And the male comedy performers may have stumbled worst. No Louis C.K. No Steve Carell (in his final season of The Office). Nobody from Modern Family, who owned the joint at the Emmys. No one from Community, who could use the love right now. No one from TNT's Men of a Certain Age, which only got stronger right up to its cancellation.
One problem may be the sheer amount of great TV. There's been such a deluge of quality TV shows, it's easy to miss great performances.
But here's hoping this year's Globes nominees are still an example for Emmy -- of what not to do, when their nomination time comes around.
Here's some of the TV nominees below:
- Series, Drama: “American Horror Story,” FX; “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO; “Boss,” Starz; “Game of Thrones,” HBO; “Homeland,” Showtime.
- Actor, Drama: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad“; Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”; Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias“; Damian Lewis, “Homeland.”
- Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Mireille Enos, “The Killing”; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”; Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge”; Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness.”
- Series, Musical or Comedy: “Enlightened,” HBO; “Episodes,” Showtime; “Glee,” Fox; “Modern Family,” ABC; “New Girl,” Fox.
- Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, “Enlightened”; Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Laura Linney, “The Big C”; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation.”
- Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; David Duchovny, “Californication”; Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”; Thomas Jane, “Hung”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes.”
- Miniseries or Movie: “Cinema Verite,” HBO; “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS; “The Hour,” BBC America; “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; “Too Big to Fail,” HBO.