If 2011 wasn't a banner year for TV, it was pretty darned close.
At any time during the year, you could watch the likes of "Justified," "Breaking Bad," and "The Good Wife," while seeing the finales of series such as "Rescue Me" and "Friday Night Lights."
A pretty good TV year, right?
Except none of those series got nominations for Best Drama with the Golden Globes.
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I read the announcement of both the Globes and the SAGs, and it was a toss-up to decide which was a bigger screw-up. After all, the SAGs -- voted upon by the actors themselves -- elected to nominate Piper Perabo for Best Actress for "Covert Affairs" and Patrick J. Adams (whom I like) of "Suits" for Best Actor.
That means the likes of Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") were omitted in the former category, and Damian Lewis ("Homeland") and Tim Olyphant ("Justified") were snubbed in the latter.
In fact, though "Homeland" itself scored a nom, none of its stellar cast got individual SAG nominations, which is an absolute farce.
The Globes, voted upon by the Hollywood Press Association -- basically a bunch of French guys who watch about five TV shows and get a bunch of free swag -- on the other hand, did recognize "Homeland," but apparently the only show they watch on FX is "American Horror Story." You want to know what's a better FX show than that? How about EVERY OTHER SHOW on FX -- "Justified," "Rescue Me," "Sons of Anarchy," and so on.
And, of course, the Globes lump all of their supporting actor/actress nominations into one category. So, Paul Giamatti of the HBO movie "Too Big To Fail," faces Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") and Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") in the same category. That makes so much sense, HFPA. (This is why Ricky Gervais mocks you.)
Meanwhile, in terms of SAG screwups on the comedy side, "Parks & Recreation's" Amy Poehler was overlooked, as was two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons ("Big Bang Theory"). Go figure.
And the SAGs, being the cheap jerks that they are, don't even have supporting actor/actress categories for TV. So forget honoring the amazing work of the likes of Dinklage, Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad") or Margo Martindale ("Justified").
There's no reason why the Globes have to lump the supporting categories together or that the SAGs don't even have them. It's not like the Emmys, where they have to honor various technical achievements, cutting into the length of the show. It's a few extra categories and a way to honor a few very deserving performances.
As much as I moan about the wrong choices the Emmys make, it's hard to think of any Emmy year that has had as many glaring omissions as the Globes and the SAGs this year. (Of course, the Emmys ignore FX shows as well, so I won't let them off the hook.)
As much as you want to see your favorite show or performer get the recognition they deserve, the sheer lunacy of the nomination process show just how bogus these awards can be.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Pretty much all reruns. NBC airs another night of "Who's Still Standing?" and a "Saturday Night Live" Christmas special of old holiday skits.