Golden Globe TV nominations: Hits, misses, who cares?

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The broadcast networks were shut out of the best TV drama category when nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning.

FX's "American Horror Story" is the only non-pay-cable series to make the cut, joining Starz's "Boss," HBO's "Game of Thrones," Showtime's "Homeland" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."

The broadcast networks did better in the comedies, where ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "Glee" and "New Girl" joined HBO's "Enlightened" and Showtime's "Episodes."

The Golden Globes, which are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have never made a lot of sense as an actual barometer of quality TV, but they are fun to watch. (Ricky Gervais will once again host the ceremony Jan. 15 on NBC.)

That being said, I can't really get too annoyed that FX's "Justified" or "Sons of Anarchy," or AMC's "Breaking Bad" didn't get nominated in the drama field, or that "Glee" remains a comedy nominee while NBC's "Community" or "Parks and Recreation" and FX's "Louie" do not.

The Globes managed some surprises--or should I say bizarre choices--in the acting categories too. Madeleine Stowe is marvelous as a bitchy socialite in ABC's "Revenge," while Callie Thorne does good work in USA's "Necessary Roughness," but I don't consider either of them award-caliber.

But hey, the Globes did manage to include Claire Danes of "Homeland," Amy Poehler for "Parks and Recreation" and Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones," all overlooked by the Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday. So there is that.

I'll just enjoy watching Gervais skewer them all. Below is a complete list of TV nominess. DId your favorites make it?

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
American Horror Story, FX
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Boss, Starz
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY
Enlightened, HBO
Episodes, Showtime
Glee, Fox
Modern Family, ABC
New Girl, Fox

ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Brian Crantson, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

ACTRESS, DRAMA
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

ACTRESS, COMEDY
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Cinema Verite, HBO
Downton Abbey, Masterpiece PBS
The Hour, BBC America
Mildred Pierce, HBO
Too Big To Fail, HBO

ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, Masterpiece
Idris Elba, Luther
WIlliam Hurt, Too Big To Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Lane
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

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