67th Golden Globes Preview – Television

January 17, 2010

Be sure to check out my Film Preview also for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards, broadcasting tonight at 8 PM EST on NBC. But here is my much less in-depth and potentially much less accurate preview of the TV side of things. More than anything, this was just for fun for me and I will honestly say I have much less insight about TV-related awards this year.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Michael Emerson – Lost (ABC)

Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

William Hurt – Damages (FX NETWORK)

John Lithgow – Dexter (SHOWTIME)

Jeremy Piven – Entourage (HBO)

Should Win: If there was any way Jeremy Piven and Neil Patrick Harris could tie and both get an award, I might cry. Add Rainn Wilson, Steve Carell, and Hugh Laurie to that group and those five might be my favorite TV personalities ever.

Will Win: There seems to be no contention. John Lithgow will win it. It’s almost a certainty at this point.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Jane Adams – Hung (HBO)

Rose Byrne – Damages (FX NETWORK)

Jane Lynch – Glee (FOX)

Janet McTeer – Into The Storm (HBO)

Chloë Sevigny – Big Love (HBO)

Should Win: Maybe I’m biased, but I would love to see Jane Lynch win, even if I’m not really been a fan of Glee. She’s near-perfect in everything she’s in.

Will Win: Jane Lynch seems to be the one to beat.

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical

Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC)

Steve Carell – The Office (NBC)

David Duchovny – Californication (SHOWTIME)

Thomas Jane – Hung (HBO)

Matthew Morrison – Glee (FOX)

Should Win: It might not have been his best year on the Office, but any year that Steve Carell wins a Golden Globe is a good year. Maybe this should be labeled “Who I Would Like to Win”? I’m sure there are more-deserving nominees than Steve Carell this year, but I love the Office too much to concede to any of them. David Duchovny was good in Californication too.

Will Win: What’s new? Alec Baldwin will win best comedy actor. Steve Carell will be denied. And I will still not enjoy 30 Rock as much as the rest of the nation apparently does. And the world goes round.

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical

Toni Collette – United States of Tara (SHOWTIME)

Courteney Cox – Cougar Town (ABC)

Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)

Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)

Lea Michele – Glee (FOX)

Should Win: I don’t know any of these nominees well enough to make an informed decision, but from what I’ve seen, Toni Collette does extremely well in her role in United States of Tara.

Will Win: This might be the one year Tina Fey doesn’t win the category. Apparently there’s an overwhelming amount of hype around Courteney Cox‘s work in Cougar Town and she’s the favorite. And unsurprisingly, two episodes of that show was plenty for me to decide it was one I wasn’t going to be interested in. I suppose the HFPA and I will just never agree when it comes to television. Sigh.

Best Television Series – Comedy

30 Rock (NBC)
Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little Stranger Inc.

Entourage (HBO)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Glee (FOX)
Twentieth Century Fox Television

Modern Family (ABC)
Twentieth Century Fox Television

The Office (NBC)
Universal Television Studios, Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC

Should Win: Again, how much would I love it if either Entourage or the Office could win best comedy series? Words cannot describe. But neither has recently had the best season ever and so I could settle for Modern Family taking the cake.

Will Win: Glee seems to be the new hit show and will almost undoubtedly win its first Golden Globe here. And you know what? As long as it’s not 30 Rock again, then I can at least be that much more satisfied. Modern Family has a chance, but I’m not sure if it can beat the sensation Glee has become.

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama

Simon Baker – The Mentalist (CBS)

Michael C. Hall – Dexter (SHOWTIME)

Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)

Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)

Bill Paxton – Big Love (HBO)

Should Win: Another toss-up. Hugh Laurie is always fantastic as Dr. House and every season, he’s just as good if not better than the last. But Michael C. Hall is just as brilliant in Dexter. It’s a tough choice.

Will Win: Best drama actor is probably the most competitive category in terms of TV this year. Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, and Hugh Laurie all have a shot at this one. Michael C. Hall is the only one of the three who hasn’t won the award in the past. And perhaps after what many are touting as his best season of Dexter yet, this might be Michael C. Hall‘s year. But don’t be surprised if Hugh Laurie picks up a win after a season of House that really showcased his ability to express House’s emotional troubles wonderfully.

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama

Glenn Close – Damages (FX NETWORK)

January Jones – Mad Men (AMC)

Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)

Anna Paquin – True Blood (HBO)

Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

Should Win: Kyra Sedgwick is still just as good in The Closer and, from what I saw of True Blood, Anna Paquin gave some great breakout TV performances. My vote will have to go to Kyra Sedgwick merely because I haven’t seen quite enough cable TV to know more of the nominees well enough.

Will Win: And perhaps I should watch more cable TV, because from what I hear, January Jones is unmatched in the category and is more than likely an easy win. Good TV shows that I’ve actually seen = 0. Mad Men = 2,593-ish. Somewhere in that neighborhood sounds about right.

Best Television Series – Drama

Big Love (HBO)
Anima Sola Productions and Playtone in association with HBO Entertainment

Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions

House (FOX)
Universal Media Studios in association with Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions

Mad Men (AMC)

True Blood (HBO)
Your Face Goes Here Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Should Win: As I said before, Dexter had what was probably its best season yet and the combination of Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow is deadly. (No pun intended… Aw, who am I kidding, the pun was definitely intended.)

Will Win: …If only Mad Men didn’t exist, then maybe Dexter would get the award it’s deserved for so long. But, alas, Mad Men does exist. And Mad Men will win. And it will be the first series to ever win three golden globes for the best drama series in a row.


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