The Golden Globes are great at paying attention to new series. So it's heartening to report that freshman series "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie" and "The Good Wife" received nominations Tuesday.
The prizes will be handed out Jan. 17 on NBC.
On the television side, the awards celebrate programs at midseason — unlike the Emmys, which sum up the entire season.
Nominated for drama series are AMC's "Mad Men," Showtime's "Dexter," Fox's "House" and two from HBO, "Big Love" and "True Blood." It's a race between "Mad Men" and "Dexter," and don't be surprised if "Dexter" has the edge because it just concluded its shocking season.
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Up for best comedy series are NBC's "30 Rock" and "The Office," ABC's "Modern Family," Fox's "Glee" and HBO's "Entourage." "Modern Family" has earned the best reviews of any new series, but musical-comedy "Glee" is so unusual that it probably will wow Globe voters. Years ago, Globe voters embraced "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy for "Nip/Tuck."
The nominees for dramatic actor are Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," Hugh Laurie of "House," Michael C. Hall of "Dexter," Simon Baker of "The Mentalist" and Bill Paxton of "Big Love." I'd love to see Baker win, but Hall probably has it in the bag.
The choices for dramatic actress are Glenn Close of "Damages," Anna Paquin of "True Blood," January Jones of "Mad Men," Kyra Sedgwick of "The Closer" and Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife." Because the Globes love new series, Margulies and "The Good Wife" should have the edge.
It helps, too, that she's wonderful in the role.
The selections for comedy actor are Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock," Steve Carell of "The Office," David Duchovny of "Californication," Thomas Jane of "Hung" and Matthew Morrison of "Glee." The good vibrations for "Glee" should help Morrison win.
In the running for best comedy actress are Tina Fey of "30 Rock," Lea Michele of "Glee," Courteney Cox of "Cougar Town," Toni Collette of "United States of Tara" and Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie." Falco, who has received stellar reviews, seems the likely winner.
The supporting categories lump comedy, drama and movie performances together. The supporting actor winner seems a no-brainer: John Lithgow for "Dexter." His fellow nominees are Jeremy Piven of "Entourage," Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother," William Hurt of "Damages" and Michael Emerson of "Lost."
Jane Lynch should have her speech ready to collect the supporting actress prize for "Glee." Her role has been one of the season's high points. Her fellow nominees are Jane Adams of "Hung," Rose Byrne of "Damages," Janet McTeer of "Into the Storm" and Chloe Segivny of "Big Love."
The nominees for best TV movie or miniseries are Lifetime's "Georgia O'Keeffe," PBS' "Little Dorrit" and three from HBO, "Taking Chance," "Grey Gardens" and "Into the Storm." Look for the Globes to honor "Grey Gardens," although "Little Dorrit" is most deserving.