Golden Globes crown new galaxy of new TV stars

Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:01pm EST
 
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Golden Globes crowned a new galaxy of television stars on Sunday, honoring a slew of shows in their first season and leaving old favorites out in the cold

Psychological thriller "Homeland," which premiered on cable channel Showtime in October, won best TV drama series and best actress for Claire Danes in her role as a suspicious bi-polar CIA agent tracking a possible home-grown terrorist.

"It feels completely unreal. The shows were so amazing this year and (given) the work done in TV these days, to have won the award is just beyond belief," Howard Gordon, co-producer of the tense post September 11 drama, told reporters backstage.

Only "Modern Family" retained its Golden Globe trophy from last year. The ABC mockumentary beat off challenges from Fox's "New Girl" and previous favorite "Glee" to win best TV comedy series for a second consecutive year.

But the absence of AMC critical darling "Mad Men", off the air in 2011 and ineligible because of a contract dispute, threw the drama categories wide open.

Former "Frasier" actor Kelsey Grammer, in a new guise as ruthless mayor in the dark Starz drama "Boss", took home the best drama actor trophy, and Jessica Lange was honored for her supporting role as a disturbed neighbor in the FX haunted house saga "American Horror Story."

"It's really, really flattering. We have taken note of the fact we got a lot of attention right out of the gate," Grammer told reporters afterward.

Peter Dinklage, who plays a scheming dwarf in HBO's freshman fantasy series "Game of Thrones," won best supporting actor, while Idris Elba was a new face on the winner's podium for BBC America detective mini-series "Luther".   Continued...