Old TV darlings dumped as Golden Globes seek out the new and edgy

Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:11pm EST
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television favorites of seasons past such as "Mad Men" and "Homeland" lost out to new, edgy shows like "Masters of Sex" and "House of Cards" in the Golden Globes nominations announced on Thursday, as voters seek out TV's next big thing.

In the category of best TV dramas, Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards" and Showtime's racy sex history series "Masters of Sex" will take on AMC's gritty drug drama "Breaking Bad," PBS' British period series "Downton Abbey" and CBS' law and corruption yarn "The Good Wife."

Showtime's domestic terror drama "Homeland," which won Golden Globes for best TV drama for the past two years, failed to garner a single nomination on Thursday. Other past favorites such as AMC's advertising drama "Mad Men" and HBO's epic fantasy "Game of Thrones" were also pushed aside for new shows.

"It's the job of the people in the industry to try and prepare people for the next generation of shows, and make sure something strong is on the upwards escalator, so I welcome the new shows in the category," "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes said in an interview.

Past comedy favorites including NBC shows "The Office" and "30 Rock," both of which concluded this year, also failed to win any nods on Thursday. In this year's nominations for best comedy/musical TV series, new Fox cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will compete against CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," ABC's "Modern Family," HBO's "Girls" and NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

The Golden Globes, voted for by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are one of Hollywood's top honors for film and television, and winners will be announced at a televised ceremony in Beverly Hills on January 12.

Online streaming platform Netflix barged in this year with its first forays into original programming: "House of Cards" snagged four nominations, while female prison drama "Orange is the New Black" and comedy "Arrested Development" picked up a nomination each.

A surprise entry into the mix was premium cable channel Starz, which had two shows vying for honors in the TV mini-series/movie categories, landing a network record of six nominations.   Continued...

 
(L-R) Actors Olivia Wilde, Aziz Ansari and Zoe Saldana pose at the announcement of nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California December 12, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn