Can't say I watched a minute of the Golden Globes, but the Foreign Press Association failed to disappoint, giving a Globe to virtually every non-American on the film side, with the exception of Best Actor to Mickey Rourke, and even the swag-gathering French who make up this association weren't going to deny Rourke.
Actually, despite my loathing for the Foreign Press Association (as well as the French), it's hard to argue too many of the picks on either the movie or TV side.
I'll let Keith Demko, The Reel Fanatic, talk about the movie picks, but on TV, "Mad Men" won for best drama and "30 Rock" swept the comedy categories. The TV movies "Recount" and "John Adams" also had big hauls at the Globes.
Of course, it's hard to take any awards show seriously when it lumps the supporting actors of comedies, dramas and TV movies together into one category. One of the great things about the Globes used to be that it separated comedy and drama into separate divisions, since it's very hard to compare the two, yet it fails to make any sort of distinction in the supporting actor category. Go figure.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: OK, even though i said I was no longer watching "24" (Fox, 8 p.m.), I did watch last night's premiere for review purposes only, just to see if the show's writing got any better with nearly two years off between seasons.
It hasn't. Some of the lowlights for me included:
--Tony Almeida's return from the dead, despite being blown up and poisoned the last time we saw him. Jack himself declared Tony dead, and if it's one thing Jack knows, it's when people are dead.
--The number of moles in the FBI. Hey, with the dissolution of CTU, they had to go somewhere. It wouldn't be a season of "24" without a mole.
--The FBI sending one agent after the sniper, and keeping 20 guys outside the building (and of course the one agent is the mole). Because when you send people after an armed assassin into a darkened parking deck, you want to make sure it's just one guy.
--Kidnapping the computer geek. Yes, running over the guy's car in broad daylight in the middle of DC is a MUCH better plan than quietly kidnapping the guy at his house, because how else to tip the FBI off to your plot to take over air traffic control? Bonus points for leaving the guy's daughter behind rather than take her as added leverage against the geek. But hey, since the guy builds them their complicated device in the span of 10 minutes, I guess he was something of a pushover anyway.
--The stock "24" characters. The FBI boss who butts heads with Jack because he's by-the-book. The swarmy politician. The White House aide -- the secretary of state in this case -- who defies the president with his own agenda. The FBI tech with the attitude problem. A lot of been there, done that.
What struck me most, however, was that I was bored by Hour 2. There were gaps in which I just zoned out, certainly not an issue with "24s" past. Maybe because we've seen the problems listed above in pretty much every other season.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Meanwhile, CBS is back with the first new "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) of 2009, plus new episodes of all the other sitcoms and "CSI: Miami" at 10 p.m. I hear David Caruso's new year's resolution is to not pull off his sunglasses dramatically. Let's see if he sticks to it.
"The Bachelor" (ABC, 8 p.m.) weeds out more would-be brides. It's followed by "True Beauty," one of those other really odd ideas for a reality show.
"Superstars of Dance" (NBC, 8 p.m.) continues to have various countries square off against each other on the dance floor. Ah, if only countries danced off against each other instead of solving their problems with guns, the world would be a better place. It's followed by "Momma's Boys" at 10 p.m., ensuring the world will be a worse place for at least that hour.
Finally, CW has new episodes of "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill," beginning at 8 p.m.