What the Golden Globes' TV nominations got wrong

Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:35pm EST
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By Tim Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When it comes to television, getting outraged about the Golden Globes is like going berserk when your 6-year-old nephew can't solve a Rubik's Cube.

If the Globes have some debatable influence on what happens at the Academy Awards when it comes to movies, no such voodoo exists on the television side, where frequent Globe nominations have been laughable head-scratchers or prescient nods to truly impressive small screen performances. But consistency? No.

Of course, this in no way is a suggestion that the erratic Emmy voters are much better, but their snubs or curious inclusions usually make people (critics especially) mutter, "Nope." Or, "Not again." In the case of the Globes, it's more along the lines of Tina Fey's "Whuck?!" from 30 Rock.

You cannot hope to understand the Globes anymore than you can understand Gaelic. Just be thankful that the truly mystifying misses have no real impact on the Emmys. Save your real scorn when those voters mess up. And, in fairness, spread your praise when they get it right.

But let's focus on the Golden Globes here, taking a critical look at what they got right and what fell from Uranus and landed on the ballot.

Best TV Series, Drama: Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Dexter (Showtime); The Good Wife (CBS); Mad Men, The Walking Dead (both AMC).

You have to give the Globes some credit for not sneaking a peek at anyone's Top 10 list from 2010, which, when it's all said and done, will probably include more mentions of "Breaking Bad" than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has members. The inclusion of "The Walking Dead" here is admirable and bold, but "Breaking Bad" is probably the biggest no-brainer of a very competitive field. Perhaps "The Good Wife," a fine show, is an attempt to appease the broadcast networks. Or maybe they just didn't want to expand the category by one. In either case, the snub can't be justified using any form of logic. And if there had to be a nominee from the networks, you'd think the Globes would have picked Lost. How quickly they love 'em and leave 'em. Very strong arguments can be made here about "Sons Of Anarchy," "Terriers," "Men Of A Certain Age" and "Treme." But those snubs are natural head-butting arguments. No "Breaking Bad" is just egregious.

Best TV Series, Comedy. 30 Rock (NBC); Modern Family (ABC); Big Bang Theory (CBS); Glee (Fox); The Big C, Nurse Jackie (both Showtime).   Continued...