'Glee' sets tone at Golden Globes
Fox's freshman comedy "Glee" broke the industry's TV awards-show gridlock, overthrowing two-time winner "30 Rock" at the 67th annual Golden Globes Awards on Sunday.
"Glee" won the Globes' suddenly appropriately titled "comedy or musical" series category, taking home the award along with fellow freshman series winner Julianna Margulies for CBS' legal drama "The Good Wife."
"I would like to thank all the wonderful people who actually thought a musical would work on primetime television," "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy said. "This show is about a lot of things, it's about the importance of arts education. This is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school."
"30 Rock" and "Mad Men" have ruled the series categories at the Globes and Emmys in recent years, with "Mad Men" scoring another best drama award Sunday night.
"I am very surprised," "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner said. "Television is amazing right now. My TiVo is burned out."
Perhaps the biggest suspense in the evening among the TV categories -- which wrapped more than a half-hour before the end of the telecast -- was the unusually tight race between the pay cable networks, with Showtime giving annual leader HBO a run for its money. Together, the premium channels dominated the Globes television categories, with HBO leading with four Globes and Showtime three.
The Showtime wins included an award for Michael C. Hall, who took home the Globe for actor in a TV drama for "Dexter" after being shut out the past three years. A pale, cap-wearing Hall recently revealed he was receiving treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which is now in remission.
"It's a helluva thing to go to work at a place where everybody gives a damn," said Hall, who added backstage, "It was nice to make a statement that I was on the road to recovery, but it's nice to have a justifiable excuse for accessorizing."
Showtime also won awards for Toni Collette's starring performance in a comedy series for "United States of Tara," beating odds-on favorites Tina Fey and Edie Falco, and John Lithgow won for his portrayal of the Trinity Killer on "Dexter."
"I've had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months," Lithgow said.
On the HBO side, Kevin Bacon won for actor in a movie or miniseries for his Iraq War service homage "Taking Chance." Drew Barrymore scored her first Globe win for actress in the same category with "Grey Gardens," a project that also won best movie or miniseries.
"I've been in this room since I was 7 years old," Barrymore said. "This is my family; I have grown up here. "Thank you for taking a chance on me."
NBC also picked up an award, with Alec Baldwin again winning best actor in a comedy or musical for "30 Rock."
The network took advantage of the Globes to heavily promote its upcoming comedy "Parenthood" and reality series "The Marriage Ref," both shows receiving multiple promos during the Globes commercial breaks. During the telecast, however, it was an evening of self-inflicted wounds, with performers taking shots at the network televising the event.
"Let's get on with it before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno," host Ricky Gervais cracked at the beginning of the show.
Added Margulies added, "I want to thank (CBS CEO) Les Moonves and (entertainment president) Nina Tassler for believing in the 10 o'clock drama."
Even the governor of California got in a dig: "The only way James Cameron can make more money (than from 'Avatar' boxoffice) is to be hired by NBC," Arnold Schwarzenegger said. "Or be fired by NBC."
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.