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Golden Globes: Cable Loses Globes Ground; Nominations Slip from 2004

Dec 19, 2005  •  Post A Comment

After gaining ground in recent years, cable networks fell in cumulative Golden Globes nominations, slipping from 35 nods in 2004 to 27 this year.

The biggest loss was at FX, whose six nominations for shows, including “Nip/Tuck” and “Rescue Me,” last year set a basic cable record. Last week FX scored but a single nod, a best actress in a drama series nomination for Glenn Close’s season-long appearance on “The Shield.”

USA Network also took a hit, receiving no nominations for former Golden Globe winner “Monk.” Sci Fi, which hoped the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s penchant for freshman dramas would help its dark-horse critics’ favorite, “Battlestar Galactica,” was also shut out.

Basic cable’s most-honored networks were TNT and Lifetime, which received two nominations each. TNT got a best actress in a drama nomination for Kyra Sedgwick in “The Closer” and a best movie or miniseries nod for “Into the West.” Lifetime scored acting nominations for Donald Sutherland and Mira Sorvino for its miniseries “Human Trafficking.”

“‘The Closer’ is our first series in quite a while, and it was delightful Kyra was nominated. And we always thought ‘Into the West’ was delightful and it’s great that others agree,” said Steve Koonin, TNT’s executive VP and chief operating officer.

BBC America also received a nomination-a best miniseries nod for its musical “Viva Blackpool.” General Manager Kathryn Mitchell noted that BBC America is the only digital network regularly receiving major award nominations. “The HFPA has validated the great reaction we got from our audience and the TV critics for a drama that was a massive risk but hugely entertaining in a very unformulaic way,” she said.

The cable nominations leader was once again HBO, though it was down from last year’s 20 nominations to 17. With four nominations, the miniseries “Empire Falls” led for the premium network, just one nod shy of this year’s leader in nominations, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” HBO’s “Entourage,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Rome” received two nominations each.

Among HBO’s take, one nod was a definite surprise: a best drama series nomination for the critically lauded yet underperforming “Rome.”

HBO Chairman Chris Albrecht stated recently that the future of the series, which cost an estimated $100 million, was in doubt despite an early renewal announcement. Asked if the nomination guarantees a second season, an HBO spokesperson said the status has never changed and the series is definitely coming back.

Fellow premium network Showtime also had a good yield, receiving four nominations for two freshman series: three for the suburban comedy “Weeds” and one for terrorism thriller “Sleeper Cell” (which was developed as a series, presented as an “event” and submitted to the Globes as a miniseries).

“I look at the Globes as a nice capper to a great year where we had some significant Emmy interest,” said Showtime President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt.