“New Girl,” “American Horror Story” and “Revenge,” set in New York’s tony Hamptons, are breaking-through shows in this year’s race for Golden Globe television honors. But they’ll be going up against veterans “30 Rock,” “Modern Family” and “Glee.”
Zooey Deschanel, who stars in “New Girl,” is the surprise newcomer for best actress comedy series, but she’ll face tough competition from veterans Laura Dern, “Enlightened,” Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” Laura Linney, “The Big C” and Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation.”
Golden Globes Television Nominations
Best Series — Drama
American Horror Story
Game Of Thrones
Best Actress — Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness
Best Actor — Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Best Series — Comedy/Musical
Best Actress — Comedy/Musical
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Best Actor — Comedy/Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt Leblanc, Episodes
Best Mini-Series/Motion Picture
Too Big To Fail
Best Actress — Mini-Series/Motion Picture
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Best Actor — Mini-Series/Motion Picture
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big To Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight (Masterpiece)
Dominic West, The Hour
Best Supporting Actress (all categories)
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
Best Supporting Actor (all categories)
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Also joining the list of first-time nominees were Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Kelsey Grammer, “Boss” and Mireille Enos, “The Killing.”
Other than that, there weren’t many surprises, except perhaps for Johnny Galecki, nominated for best actor comedy series for “The Big Bang Theory.”
The Golden Globes, which are awarded by the 90 or so members of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for their surprises and sometimes puzzling choices amid occasional allegations of corruption.
Cable shows dominate, once again, in the best series drama category, shutting out commercial television.
“Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” are both HBO presentations and “Homeland” appears on Showtime. “Boss” is a Starz production and “American Horror Story” comes from the FX network.
Fox’s entry, about the horrors lurking in modern suburbia, yielded a best supporting actress for Jessica Lange for her role as nosy neighbor Constance.
Madeleine Stowe was also nominated as best actress for her equally evil role as Victoria Grayson on “Revenge,” but surprisingly the new show was passed over for best series.
The show, which tracks the Hamptons’ richest and most powerful people is one of this season’s breakout hits.
Commercial television was able to score some nominations in the best comedy series category. Fox’s “Glee” and “New Girl” and ABC’s “Modern Family” face off against Showtime’s “Episodes” and HBO’s “Enlightened.”
Surprises were few and far between after that, with predictable nominations going to “30 Rock,” “Mildred Pierce,” and “Modern Family.”
In the mini-series/motion picture category, another British show, “Downton Abbey” could be a dark horse. The infectious and well acted drama charts an aristocratic family caught between tradition and modernity in the early 20th century.
Abbey stars Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville have been nominated in best actress and actor categories respectively.
Ricky Gervais is back as host for his third straight show, which will air Jan. 15, on NBC.