At Golden Globes, ‘Game of Thrones,’ other ending shows go out with a whimper

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in the final season of "Game of Thrones."
(Helen Sloane / HBO)

When it comes to the TV categories at the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is known for embracing the new and shiny. But that doesn’t mean veterans haven’t gotten their moment in the spotlight. Take last year, for example, which saw “The Americans” win the TV drama category for its final season.

This year has a mighty group of departing shows. But they are hardly getting a farewell hug from the Globes — except if you’re Kit Harington or Rami Malek.



‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (The CW)

Wins: Rachel Bloom, actress in a musical or comedy (2016)
Total nominations: Two

The low-rated but beloved CW musical, from the minds of star Rachel Bloom and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna, wrapped its four-season run in April with what many critics deemed a satisfying send-off — one that saw its lead character breaking her romance addiction and choosing to nurture her relationship with herself and her art. The show never broke through the major categories at the Emmys during its run. The Globes have recognized Bloom’s impressive musical talents, even awarding her a trophy in 2016. But its final season didn’t receive any nods for the show or its star.

Vincent Rodriguez III and Rachel Bloom in "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
(Michael Desmond / The CW )


‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

Wins: Peter Dinklage, supporting actor in a series, miniseries, or motion picture for TV (2012)
Total nominations: Eight

There’s little argument that “Game of Thrones” was the defining show of the decade, elevating prestige television and genre storytelling to new levels during its run. But there’s also little argument that the last season of the popular fantasy saga was incredibly underwhelming. The final episodes were met with mixed reviews and a heavy helping of memes about coffee cups and poor lighting. That didn’t stop the show from scoring a record 32 nominations at this year’s Emmys, but its victory lap wasn’t as triumphant as it could have been. Its streak at the Globes has been less impressive over the years, and that isn’t changing much this year. Its sole nomination was for Kit Harington for actor in a TV drama.

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in "Game of Thrones."
(HBO )

From left; Robert De Niro in ‘The Irishman;’ Scarlett Johansson in ‘A Marriage Story;’ and Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker.’


The complete list of 2020 Golden Globes winners and nominees

The complete list of 2020 Golden Globes winners and nominees



‘Jane the Virgin’ (The CW)

Wins: Gina Rodriguez, actress in a musical or comedy (2015)
Total nominations: Four

It’s been perennially overlooked at the Emmys, but the CW dramedy gave the oft-ignored network its first Golden Globe nominations (and win) in 2015 — the show was nominated in the comedy or musical category, while Rodriguez took home the trophy for her category. Some would argue that Rodriguez’s breathless seven-minute monologue in the final season premiere deserved its own awards category. But neither the show nor its lead actress received Globe nominations for the final season.

Ivonne Coll, left, Gina Rodriguez and Andrea Navedo in "Jane the Virgin."
Ivonne Coll, left, Gina Rodriguez and Andrea Navedo in “Jane the Virgin.”
(Tyler Golden / The CW)


‘Mr. Robot’ (USA Network)

Wins: Drama series (2016); Christian Slater, supporting actor in a series, miniseries, or motion picture for TV (2016)
Total nominations: Seven

When it premiered in 2015, “Mr. Robot” signified a shift in USA’s signature “blue sky” programming toward bold and risky storytelling with its focus on a cyber-vigilante (played by Rami Malek). Created by Sam Esmail (“Homecoming”), it quickly became one of television’s most acclaimed dramas. As it concludes its fourth and final season in a couple of weeks, the chatter surrounding the show has been muffled, and the Globes followed suit — only Malek will be competing, for actor in a TV drama, at the Globes in a few weeks.

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in "Mr. Robot."'
Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in “Mr. Robot.”
(David Giesbrecht / USA Network)


‘Orange Is the New Black’ (Netflix)

Wins: None
Total nominations: Six

The groundbreaking prison dramedy helped solidify Netflix as a television force and demonstrated what a streaming television show could be. Although critics found “Orange” to be uneven and frustrating at times, the seventh and final season was largely well received. The last batch of episodes was released in July — but the Globes didn’t include them among this year’s TV nominees. The series still has a shot at gold, though: The finale season will be eligible at the Emmys next year.


Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."
(JoJo Whilden / Netflix/TN)


‘The Affair’ (Showtime)

Wins: Maura Tierney, supporting actress in a series, miniseries, or motion picture for TV (2016); drama series (2015); Ruth Wilson, actress in a drama series (2015)
Total nominations: Four

The first season of the Showtime drama, a multi-perspective look at an illicit romance and its ensuing fallout, beat out “House of Cards,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Good Wife,” and “Game of Thrones” for drama series at the Golden Globes in 2015. But its final season, which was minus two of its primary characters — Alison (Ruth Wilson) and her husband/ex-husband Cole (Joshua Jackson) — wrapped its run quietly. Maybe too quietly. It earned no Globe nominations.

Ruth Wilson and Joshua Jackson in "The Affair"
With both Ruth Wilson and Joshua Jackson absent from the final season, the Globes passed over former favorite “The Affair.”
(Mark Schafer / Showtime)

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ (CBS)

Wins: Jim Parsons, actor in a musical of comedy TV series (2011)
Total nominations: Eight

The long-running CBS comedy came to a close in May after 12 widely watched seasons. But fans were disappointed by the lack of attention it received at this year’s Emmys. The series scored three nominations — none of which were for the sitcom or its actors. And it received no Golden Globe nominations.


Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik in "The Big Bang Theory."
(Michael Yarish / Warner Bros. TV )


‘Silicon Valley’ (HBO)

Wins: None
Total nominations: Two

Probably still on a high from airing its low-key series finale — complete with a cameo by Microsoft founder Bill Gates — the tech comedy that famously lampooned the real Silicon Valley didn’t have more celebrating to do on Monday morning.

Kumail Nanjiani, left, Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch star in "Silicon Valley."
(Jaimie Trueblood / HBO)


‘Transparent’ (Amazon)

Wins: Musical or comedy series (2015); Jeffrey Tambor, actor in a musical or comedy series (2015)
Total nominations: Seven

The groundbreaking series helped establish Amazon as a serious player in the TV space — in large part because of the recognition its first season received at the Globes in 2015. Its series finale, which took on the form of a movie-length musical finale, came more than a year after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against the show’s star Jeffrey Tambor, who was fired from the series. (He has denied the allegations.) The final installment didn’t receive any Globe nominations.

Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker in a scene from “Transparent: Musical Finale.”
(Danielle Levitt/Amazon Prime Video)



‘Veep’ (HBO)

Wins: None
Total nominations: Seven

The biting HBO comedy was regarded as one of TV’s best political satires over its seven-season run, with its look at a power-hungry politician and her staff — one that played out as the American political landscape shifted around it. The series ended its term in May with a time-jumping finale of deathly proportions. The show and its Emmy-favorite star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, seemed like front-runners at this year’s Emmys but lost to “Fleabag” and its star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. And there isn’t redemption in sight. Its last hurrah didn’t yield any nods on Globe nominations morning.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in HBO's "Veep."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in HBO’s “Veep.”
(Patrick Harbron / HBO)