The Golden Globes have an ear for musical drama, handing two nominations to ABC's new "Nashville" and a nod to NBC's freshman series "Smash."
But the broadcast networks were largely overlooked, as usual. They were snubbed entirely in categories such as best actor in a drama series and best actress in a TV film, while the Globes mostly recognized familiar cable fare like "Homeland," ''Downton Abbey," ''Boardwalk Empire" and "Breaking Bad."
Raw numbers told the tale: pay-cable channel HBO led among all outlets with 17 nominations, far ahead of cable network runner-up Showtime (seven nominations), followed by broadcast networks ABC (five), and CBS, NBC and PBS (four each). Fox had two.
The Globes will be handed out Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and airing live on NBC.
Leading the pack among all shows was HBO's "Game Change," which told the story of the 2008 presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain. It picked up five nods, including best TV film, best actress (Julianne Moore, who wowed viewers as GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin), best actor (Woody Harrelson), best supporting actor (Ed Harris) and best supporting actress (Sarah Paulson).
Right behind was Showtime spy drama "Homeland," the winner of two Globes trophies last year and six Emmys this fall. It picked up four Globes nominations: for best series, best actress (Claire Danes), best actor (Damian Lewis) and best supporting actor (Mandy Patinkin).
PBS' wildly popular period piece "Downton Abbey" (which won last year as best miniseries) claimed three nominations, as did "The Girl," HBO's film about celebrated director Alfred Hitchcock, and ABC's veteran comedy "Modern Family," which won as best comedy series last year, and won five Emmys this fall.
CBS' "The Good Wife" continues to get Globes love, receiving two nominations this year: for best actress (Julianna Margulies) and best supporting actress (Archie Panjabi).
For fans of country-music melodrama "Nashville" (which landed nominations for Connie Britton as best actress and Hayden Panettiere as best supporting actress) and of Broadway-set "Smash" (nominated for best comedy/musical series), the Globes' attention was welcome, if a bit unexpected. While both series have their devotees, neither has been a breakout success in its first season. A Globes trophy next month could give either show a helpful boost, particularly for "Smash" as it returns for its sophomore season on Feb. 5.
Along with that pair, the Globes extended a warm welcome to several other rookie series.
HBO's much-talked-about "Girls" scored two nods, for best comedy series and best actress (Lena Dunham, who also created the show about twenty-something gal pals). HBO's "The Newsroom," Aaron Sorkin's drama set in the world of cable news, snagged nominations for best drama and best actor, Jeff Daniels.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was cited as best actress in her HBO comedy about a frazzled U.S. vice president, "Veep." She'll compete against the Globes' co-hosts, Fey of "30 Rock" and Poehler of "Parks and Recreation" (both on NBC), along with Dunham and Zooey Deschanel of Fox's "New Girl."
BBC America's "The Hour," a period drama about a 1950s British TV newcast, was treated to a best miniseries nomination.
Don Cheadle took a nomination as best actor for his Showtime comedy series about management consultants, "House of Lies."
And Danny Huston was nominated as best supporting actor for his first-year Starz drama, "Magic City," set in Miami in the early 1960s.