'Glee' tops Golden Globe TV noms

Broadcast networks make strong showing this year

This should top winning sectionals: Fox's "Glee" earned the most Golden Globes nominations of any TV program Tuesday, garnering four mentions, including for best comedy series.

The freshman dramedy led more seasoned favorites including NBC's "30 Rock," AMC's "Mad Men," FX's "Damages" and Showtime's "Dexter," all of which earned three nominations apiece. In addition to best comedy series, "Glee" received noms for actors Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch.

"We are the little train that could over here at 'Glee,' " Michele said. "I'm thankful and grateful that the HFPA has accepted our show so early in the game."

After sticking with established shows last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. this time showed its trademark penchant for recognizing new series, though it went for safer hits rather than more underrated, unfamiliar titles.

More actors from freshman series -- seven -- broke through in the lead acting categories this year, compared with one, Anna Paquin for HBO's "True Blood," last year.

The changover was most dramatic on the comedy side, where two freshman series, "Glee" and ABC's "Modern Family," made the cut for best series and four of the five nominated lead actresses hail from freshman series: Michele, Courteney Cox of ABC's "Cougar Town," Toni Collette of Showtime's "United States of Tara" and Edie Falco of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie." They join veteran Tina Fey of NBC's "30 Rock." (The other three top acting noms for freshman series went to Morrison, Thomas Jane of HBO's comedy "Hung" and Julianna Margulies of CBS' drama "The Good Wife.")

Although cable networks have ruled recent awards seasons, broadcast made a comeback this year, with four of the five comedies nominated for best series coming from major networks: "Glee," "Family," "30 Rock" and NBC's "The Office," joined by HBO's "Entourage." Only two broadcast comedies made the category during each of the previous two years.

On the drama side, things mostly were status quo, with HBO's "Big Love" and "True Blood," "Dexter," Fox's "House" and "Mad Men" earning honors.

"It means a little more because we're in our sixth season," "House" creator David Shore said of the show's third best series nom. "We worked very hard to try not to have the show get tired and to keep it fresh."

HBO led the overall list with 17 nominations, followed by Fox and Showtime with six apiece and NBC with five.

CBS dramas landed a rare two-punch in the lead acting categories. Simon Baker, snubbed last year, received his first Globes nomination for his starring role in crime drama "The Mentalist," joining fellow nominees Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Hugh Laurie ("House") and Bill Paxton ("Big Love"). Meanwhile, Margulies earned a nom alongside Glenn Close ("Damages"), January Jones ("Mad Men"), Paquin ("True Blood") and Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's "The Closer").

Notable nominees in the supporting acting categories include John Lithgow for his performance as a serial killer on "Dexter" and Jane Adams for her role as a hapless pimp on "Hung."

In the longform categories, many titles were familiar to those who watched this year's Emmys, with HBO's "Grey Gardens," "Taking Chance" and "Into the Storm" joining PBS' "Little Dorrit" and Lifetime's "Georgia O'Keeffe."

Overall, Lifetime landed four nominations in the longform categories, the most in the network's history and for a basic cable network this year.

Snubs include FX's "Sons of Anarchy," which is coming off a big second season. Jim Parsons was overlooked for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," and the series itself was squeezed out of the comedy category. AMC's "Breaking Bad" and its star, Bryan Cranston, were left out despite Cranston winning the Emmy the past two years. HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" didn't receive any Globes love, though its most recent season was praised widely.

Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.