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Golden Globes TV: HBO Back On Top; ‘This Is Us’ Ends 10-Year Drought; Epix, ‘The Americans’ & ‘Black-ish’ Nab First Noms

Deadline logo Deadline 12/12/2016 Nellie Andreeva
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The (old) order was restored at the 2017 Golden Globe TV nominations, with HBO comfortably atop the list of networks with 14 nominations, five more than the No.2, FX, with Netflix, Amazon, ABC and AMC tied for third place with five each. Last year, Netflix shook up the Golden Globes TV race by edging HBO eight nominations to seven to end the premium cabler’s 14-year streak as the most nominated network. With such awards heavyweights as House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt left out, Netflix logged its lowest Golden Globe tally to date.

NBC’s breakout new dramaThis Is Us put an end to another streak, becoming the first new fall broadcast drama in 10 years — since another NBC freshman, Heroes, in 2006 — to land a best series Golden Globe nomination. (Fox’s midseason entry Empire landed a nomination for its first season while midway through Season 2.) This Is Us, NBC’s first best drama series nominee since Heroes 10 years agoalso brought the broadcast nets back into the top drama field after they were snubbed last year. With its three noms, This Is Us got NBC on the board after the network, which carries the Golden Globes, was shut out completely last year. This time, it was Fox and CBS that failed to land a single nom after the HFPA showed no love for previous favorites, Fox’s Empire, nominated last year for best drama and winning for star Taraji P. Henson, or the final run of CBS’ The Good Wife as well as Fox’s Last Man On Earth, double Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Big Bang Theory or Mom.

“What a morning,” This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman said. “The last time my phone started ringing like that at 5:30 AM I think my grandfather had died. This continues to be the wildest, craziest, and most rewarding ride for all of us.”

Once again, the HFPA proved loyal to its comedy picks — bestowing more nominations to all comedy series/actor/actress winners of the last two years: Amazon’s Transparent and star Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon’s Mozart In the Jungle and star Gael Garcia Bernal as well as the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom and Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez of the CW —  while far more fickle on the drama side. 2015 winner for best drama series, The Affair, hasn’t landed another nomination in the top category since. Its successor, Mr. Robot, also failed to repeat as best drama series nominee this year though its stars, Rami Malek and Christian Slater, who won in January, are back.

For a second consecutive year, Game Of Thrones was the only holdover in the best drama series as the HBO series is still seeking its first Golden Globe drama series win after two back-to-back Emmys. It is joined by four newcomers, HBO’s buzzyWestworld, Netflix’s pop culture phenomStranger Things and lavish The Crown as well as NBC’s This Is Us, which also scored noms for co-stars Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz (While none of its male leads was recognized, Sterling K. Brown was nominated for People v. O.J. Simpson after winning an Emmy for his role in the hit FX limited series).

Meanwhile, in comedy, three of last year’s best comedy series nominees are back, previous 2015 and 2016 winners Transparent and Mozart In the Jungle, as well as HBO’s Veep, which, like GOT is looking for a first series Golden Globe win after a two-year streak at the Emmys. (Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus also is yet to win a Globe for her role that has netted her five consecutive Emmys). They are joined by hot FX newcomer Atlanta, whose creator Donald Glover also netted an acting nom, and ABC’s third-year Black-ish, which made a strong first Golden Globe showing with three noms, best series and best comedy actor/actress for Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Veep did not score its first best series Golden Globe nomination until last year as the HFPA sometimes overlooks critically praised series until later in their runs. AMC’s Breaking Bad was snubbed for two years until nabbing its first nomination for star Bryan Cranston for its third season. It wasn’t until the acclaimed drama’s final season that it got its first best series Golden Globe nominations (for both parts of Season 5). This year, it is FX’s The Americans that scored first ever nominations for its stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, recognized for the series’ fourth season. The Cold War show will have to wait a year for another shot at a first best drama nom.

The HFPA loves Sarah Jessica Parker. She accomplished the rare feat of getting a Golden Globe nomination for each season of her HBO comedy series Sex In the City — six total — winning four times, believed to be the most Globes for performance in a single series. She is back in contention for her first series since Sex In the City, HBO’s Divorce, joining Louis-Dreyfus, Ross, newcomer Issa Rae, the breakout star/co-creator of HBO’s Insecure, as well as last two years’ winners Bloom and Rodriguez.

In the comedy actor field, returning winners Bernal and Tambor are joined by Anderson, Glover and Nick Nolte of of the new Epix series Graves. Possessing the star power the HFPA often gravitate to, Nolte landed the first series nomination for Epix, which entered the original series arena this fall with Graves and Berlin Station, both renewed for second seasons.

Like best drama series, the best drama actress category was overhauled, with only one returning nominee, Caitriona Balfe of Starz’s Outlander. Gone are previous winners Taraji P. Henson and Robin Wright as well as fellow 2016 nominees Viola Davis and Eva Green. Taking their places are Russell and the stars of three new series, Claire Foy from The Crown, Winona Ryder from Stranger Things and Evan Rachel Wood from Westworld.

Empire was one of two dramas that landed noms for best series and best actor/actress for their stars last year but was left out completely this time. The second was Narcos, whose Wagner Moura was nominated last year. He is the only actor nominated in the best actor in a drama series category last year who is not returning. Back are Malek, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul and Liev Schreiber of Ray Donovan. They are joined by Rhys and Billy Bob Thornton of new Amazon series Goliath. (Jon Hamm won last year for the final season of Mad Men).

The People v. O.J. Simpson, which cleaned up the longform categories at the Emmys, also is leading the Golden Globes field with five noms, followed by another limited series, The Night Manager (4). Of the regular series, four are tied at three noms each, including best series, dramas This Is Us, Westworld and The Crown and comedy black-ish. Also at three noms is HBO’s limited series The Night Of, which, along with The Night Manager, are looking to challenge The People v. O.J. Simpson.

HBO also was tops among studios with 11 nominations, followed by 20th TV/Fox 21 with 10 and FX Prods. with 9.

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