Golden Globe Nominations Give Love to Broadcast TV and Keep 'The Night Of' In Mind

'This Is Us' and 'Black-ish' give strong showings for the Big Four, while newcomers 'Atlanta,' 'Westworld,' and 'The Crown' gain momentum.
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The Golden Globes' love of brand-new TV series knows no bounds — so multiple mentions for This Is Us, Westworld and The Night Of during Monday's nominations announcement felt like a bit of a given. But if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association favors anything more than that new blood, it's continuing to shine a light on past honorees who remain absent from Emmy talk.

Repeat nominees for the 2017 Golden Globes include CW starlets (and past Globe winners) Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and, naturally, 2016 comedy king Mozart in the Jungle. That trio remained entirely absent from the Primetime Emmys three months ago.

TV's big Globes winner is already The People v. O.J. Simpson. Unsurprisingly, Ryan Murphy's inaugural American Crime Story continued its hot streak and topped all other TV projects with six nominations in total. But the sleeper Globes victor might be broadcast. As TV awards shows have drifted away from the medium's traditional supplier, the HFPA has been particularly uninterested in the Big Four in recent years. And the 2016 Globes only saw one broadcast series score a mention in the top comedy and drama races.
 

But Monday's nominations were something of a mitzvah for the old guard — particularly NBC and ABC. On top of the aforementioned tips of the hat to Bloom and Rodriguez, This Is Us made an incredibly strong first-year showing with three noms (including best drama). The NBC breakout also scored nominations for supporting actresses Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz. Perhaps even more interestingly, Black-ish finally broke through in its third year of eligibility. The ABC comedy, lavished with key Emmy noms this past cycle, saw a best comedy mention and first-time nominations for leads Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson.

ABC's good news extended into the limited race. American Crime, in the anthology's second cycle, earned a nomination in an otherwise cable-dominated category — as did lead actress Felicity Huffman (no love for two-time Emmy victor Regina King.)

Surprises among the ranks of Golden Globe honorees are always relative, but several acting nominations in particular were far from givens. Billy Bob Thornton (Amazon's Goliath) and Nick Nolte (Epix's first scripted drama, Graves) are big names but relatively left-field considering TV's current saturation with star power. The same could be said for The Girlfriend Experience star Riley Keough, Divorce's Sarah Jessica Parker or Stranger Things' Winona Ryder — though the latter two's inclusion feel like a classic HFPA picks.

There are some lessons to be gleaned from these nominations, however tentative. For starters, nominations for Insecure star Issa Rae and Atlanta's Donald Glover bode well for the duo and their respective comedies. Their nominations mark the first steps toward further kudos down the line and come right on the heels of their critically adored freshmen runs. The same could be said for The Night Of. The HBO limited series broke through in the summer, just outside the window of Emmy eligibility, and its three nominations show that it still on people's minds nearly six months later. (HBO is still mulling a second season.)

Less clear is how telling this news is for Netflix's The Crown. The new drama, part of an ambitious six-season plan to tell the story of Queen Elizabeth II's life, premiered just one month ago. And while it has been greeted by strong reviews, the pricey international production is also reminiscent of HFPA favorites that often fail to find affection elsewhere.

The 2017 Golden Globes will be handed out on Jan. 8. 

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