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How did the Globes do on their TV picks? Gillian Flynn says despite notable absences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized some deserving new shows

Weeds | NEW FACES Perkins (left) and Parker both received nods for ''Weeds''
NEW FACES Perkins (left) and Parker both received nods for ''Weeds''

How did the Globes do on their TV picks?

When the 2005 Golden Globe nominations were released this morning, the TV nods revealed some some pleasant surprises — and a few major disappointments.

Snubs Um, so there's this Emmy-winning show called Arrested Development... which was ignored both in series and acting categories. Thus the best comedy on TV goes unrecognized, but Charlie Sheen lands a nod for Two and a Half Men — both actions need a little explaining. West Wing and 24 (coming off its strongest season) both went surprisingly unnoticed in the drama categories.

Surprises Mostly pleasant: Showtime’s Weeds, a great series but no shoo-in, landed notice for best comedy. Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker and costar Elizabeth Perkins scored well-earned acting nods for their roles as a pot-dealing suburban mom and her catty friend. In the drama category, any series more than one or two years old was shut out. But that’s mostly okay, since the shows that were nominated — Rome, Lost, Prison Break — deserved the accolades.

The expected Both male and female acting categories were dominated by well-known faces, many of whom zig-zag between TV and movies: The Shield’s Glenn Close, Scrubs’ Zach Braff, My Name is Earl’s Jason Lee, and The Office’s Steve Carell, who had one of summer’s biggest hits with The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

Missing ingenues The Golden Globes have always taken the lead in recognizing new actresses (think Calista Flockhart, Jennifer Garner, and Amber Tamblyn). This year, despite having plenty of candidates — Evangeline Lilly for Lost, Ellen Pompeo for Grey’s Anatomy — voters abstained.

What do you think of the Golden Globes' TV nominations?

Originally posted Dec 13, 2005
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