Losers no longer, Fox TV's breakout hit Glee emerged as the top freshman in the list of Golden Globes' TV nominations — a roster of hopefuls mixing new talent with old favorites like a fantasy Emmycast.
Certainly, the Globes have an edge; announced halfway through the TV season, they can react to new talent and hot shows quicker than the awards show ostensibly devoted to the task.
So we see the top cast members from Glee — including standout supporting actress Jane Lynch, with co-stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison — singled out for top nominations alongside perennials Mad Men and House.
Other standout newbies: ER alum Juliana Margulies, who grounds CBS' The Good Wife; ABC's sidesplitting comedy Modern Family; Friends alum Courteney Cox, who amps up ABC's new comedy Cougar Town and Sopranos alum Edie Falco in Showtime's Nurse Jackie.
The truest measure for a Globe nomination is industry cool. Which explains why HBO's Entourage got a best comedy series nomination, while CBS' more popular How I Met Your Mother did not.
Other snubs: Monk's Tony Shalhoub, HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, FX's Sons of Anarchy, the Simpsons in its 20th year, Everybody Loves Raymond alum Patricia Heaton for ABC's new family comedy The Middle and Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
But the biggest snub here I agree with wholeheartedly — no categories for reality TV, or related products. For most such shows, their names and quality don't belong in the same sentence, anyways.