Out with old, in with new in Golden Globe TV race

Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:41pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golden Globe organizers shook up the television industry on Thursday, snubbing old favorites and nominating a slew of new shows and stars for its highest honors.

Seven of the 10 best TV drama and comedy series nominations went to newcomers, including Showtime psychological thriller "Homeland", HBO fantasy "Game of Thrones", the Fox comedy "New Girl" and FX's "American Horror Story."

But the onslaught of new nominees meant that perennial favorites, like "The Office" and "Dexter" and their stars, were shut out of the Golden Globes in favor of fresh faces like Mireille Enos ("The Killing") and Laura Dern ("Enlightened").

"A lot of newbies swept in and took some of the positions that we thought would be filled with previous nominees," said Matt Whitfield, entertainment editor at Yahoo! TV.

Major broadcast networks were the biggest losers of the shake-up on a day that saw cable TV's HBO again assert its awards show dominance with a leading 18 nominations, including four for 1930s miniseries drama "Mildred Pierce" starring Kate Winslet.

Showtime was next with eight nods. ABC managed just four -- mostly for comedy "Modern Family" -- while Fox and NBC garnered three apiece. CBS, the most-watched U.S. network, got just two Golden Globe nominations, for best drama actress Julianna Margulies in lawyer series "The Good Wife" and best comedy actor contender Johnny Galecki in "The Big Bang Theory."

With AMC critical darling "Mad Men" off the air in 2011 because of a contract dispute, the drama categories were thrown wide open.

Haunted house thriller "American Horror Story," Kelsey Grammer's new political corruption series "Boss" and last year's Golden Globe winner "Boardwalk Empire" will compete against "Homeland" and "Game of Thrones" for the top prize   Continued...