Golden Globes: Weighing the Odds of 16 New Comedies and Dramas

12:00 PM 11/27/2019

by Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst breaks down the chances for the rookie contenders that may pique the HFPA's interest, from 'The Morning Show' to 'The Mandalorian.'

'Russian Doll,' 'The Mandalorian,' 'The Morning Show'
'Russian Doll,' 'The Mandalorian,' 'The Morning Show'
Courtesy of Netflix; Courtesy of Disney+; Courtesy of Apple TV+

  • 'Back to Life'

    Showtime

    'Back to Life'
    'Back to Life'
    Luke Varley/Showtime

    This British "humiliation comedy" from Fleabag's producers was co-written by and stars Daisy Haggard as a woman recently released from years in prison trying to readjust to civilian life.

  • 'Dead to Me'

    Netflix

    'Dead to Me'
    'Dead to Me'
    Saeed Adyani/Netflix

    Golden Globe nominee Christina Applegate's return to television, playing opposite Green Book star Linda Cardellini as a fellow grieving woman in therapy, has already earned her an Emmy nom.

  • 'Dickinson'

    Apple TV+

    'Dickinson'
    'Dickinson'
    Apple TV+

    A show about Emily Dickinson sounds dry for HFPA members' tastes, but this black comedy is just the opposite thanks to Hailee Steinfeld, a Globe nominee for 2016's The Edge of Seventeen.

  • 'Euphoria'

    HBO

    'Euphoria'
    'Euphoria'
    Courtesy of HBO

    Zendaya leads a cast of top young performers in this disturbing but gripping new drama about high school students dealing with matters of sex, drugs and trauma.

  • 'His Dark Materials'

    HBO

    'His Dark Materials'
    'His Dark Materials'
    Courtesy of HBO

    This series, based on Philip Pullman's fantasy novels about humans and the animal companions who reflect their souls, stars Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Anne-Marie Duff and Clarke Peters.

  • 'Living With Yourself'

    Netflix

    'Living With Yourself'
    'Living With Yourself'
    Eric Liebowitz/Netflix

    In this high-concept, strongly reviewed comedy from The Daily Show writer Timothy Greenberg, Paul Rudd plays a depressed man who comes away from treatment with a clone.

  • 'The Mandalorian'

    Disney+

    'The Mandalorian'
    'The Mandalorian'
    Disney+

    This first live-action Star Wars-inspired series — and the highest-profile show on Disney's new streaming service — was written and produced by Jon Favreau and stars Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal.

  • 'Modern Love'

    Amazon

    Modern Love'
    Modern Love'
    Christopher Saunders/amazon studios

    John Carney's romantic anthology series, inspired by a New York Times weekly column, features tons of stars, including Golden Globe winners Anne Hathaway and Tina Fey.

  • 'The Morning Show'

    Apple TV+

    The Morning Show'
    The Morning Show'
    Courtesy of Apple TV+

    The HFPA loves big names, and few are bigger than this workplace drama's Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. Members won't snub Apple's new streaming service, will they?

  • 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida'

    Showtime

    'On Becoming a God in Central Florida'
    'On Becoming a God in Central Florida'
    Courtesy of Showtime

    Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst stars in this 1990s-set single-camera dark comedy about a low-income water park employee who schemes her way to riches.

  • 'The Politician'

    Netflix

    'The Politician'
    'The Politician'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    Ryan Murphy's first series for Netflix stars Ben Platt as an ambitious high schooler and Golden Globe winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange as characters in his orbit.

  • The Righteous Gemstones'

    HBO

    The Righteous Gemstones'
    The Righteous Gemstones'
    Courtesy of HBO

    Religion gets a sendup in this comedy about a family of megachurch televangelists that stars John Goodman, Adam Devine, Walton Goggins, Edi Patterson and standout Danny McBride.

  • 'Russian Doll'

    Netflix

    'Russian Doll'
    'Russian Doll'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    Natasha Lyonne is the multihyphenate behind — and in front of — the camera in this dramedy about a woman experiencing the same events over and over again, Groundhog Day-style.

  • 'Shrill'

    Hulu

    'Shrill'
    'Shrill'
    Allyson Riggs/Hulu

    Aidy Bryant is executive producer, writer and principal star of this deeply personal and moving dramedy about being overweight in 21st century America, which was inspired by Lindy West's 2016 memoir.

  • 'Stumptown'

    ABC

    'Stumptown'
    'Stumptown'
    ABC/Jessica Brooks

    This crime drama, one of the few new awards-caliber network shows this year, is based on the Portland, Ore.-set comic books of the same name and stars Cobie Smulders as a military vet turned PI.

  • 'Watchmen'

    HBO

    'Watchmen'
    'Watchmen'
    Courtesy of HBO

    Alan Moore's graphic novel is brought to the small screen by Damon Lindelof, the TV auteur behind Lost and The Leftovers. The cast includes 2019 Golden Globe winner Regina King.

    This story first appeared in a November stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.