I used to have a lot more respect for the Golden Globes, even if they were picked by a bunch of swag-grabbing, unqualified foreign journalists, including some from France.
But lately, they've shown the same ineptitude of the Emmy voters. Of course, they've always employed the moronic tactic of lumping together supporting actors into one giant category, which means you have "Lost's" Michael Emerson squaring off against "How I Met Your Mother's" Neil Patrick Harris. Yeah, that's a comparison that makes a lot of sense.
Still, they did one thing right for this year's broadcast (NBC, Sunday, 7 p.m.) and that's letting Ricky Gervais host it. Gervais has stolen other awards shows in the past as a presenter, and he's no doubt relishing his chance to roast "Office" star Steve Carell. It's made for some fun TV.
Anyway, the omissions during this year's nominations are especially glaring, meaning whomever wins is getting a hollow award at best. (Not that the winners care that much).
On the TV side:
BEST DRAMA NOMINEES: Mad Men, House, Big Love, Dexter, True Blood.
Who will win: Mad Men. It's too popular among critics not to win, especially among this field of nominees.
Who should win: Mad Men. It's arguably TV's best drama, no matter what the field.
Who was robbed: Who wasn't? Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Rescue Me and Breaking Bad, just to name a few.
BEST COMEDY NOMINEES: 30 Rock, Glee, Entourage, Modern Family, The Office
Who will win: Glee. It's too popular among fans right now.
Who should win: Glee, though I wouldn't be upset to see Modern Family earn a victory.
Who was robbed: How about Curb Your Enthusiasm? How I Met Your Mother? United States of Tara? Boy those foreign journalists suck.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA: Simon Baker, The Mentalist. Hugh Laurie, House. Jon Hamm, Mad Men. Michael C. Hall, Dexter. Bill Paxton, Big Love.
Who will win: Hamm. He'll ride a wave of Mad Men love.
Who should win: Hamm. However, based on how Dexter wrapped up, Hall is equally deserving.
Who was robbed: Emmy winner Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad is the most glaring.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock. Steve Carell, The Office. David Duchovny, Californication. Matthew Morrison, Glee. Thomas Jane, Hung.
Who will win: This will be close, but Carell could take it simply because of his rapport with Gervais, which would make for great TV.
Who should win: Morrison. His role demands he be a great singer and dancer in addition to playing the straight man on a light-hearted series.
Who was robbed: Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA: Glenn Close, Damages. January Jones, Mad Men. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife. Anna Paquin, True Blood. Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.
Who will win: Close. It's hard to pick against one of the best actresses of all-time.
Who should win: Jones. She had a much meatier part this season, and she nailed it by making her damaged Betty pretty unlikeable despite being the wronged party.
Who was robbed: Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica. On the bright side, at least this is the last time she was robbed. Honorable mention to Katey Sagal of Sons of Anarchy.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY: Toni Collette, United States of Tara. Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie. Courtney Cox, Cougar Town. Tina Fey, 30 Rock. Lea Michele, Glee.
Who will win: Falco. Too much love from the critics from her Sopranos days.
Who should win: Falco or Collette, who already won the Emmy for the same role.
Who was robbed: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine.
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Emerson, Lost. Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother. William Hurt, Damages. John Lithgow, Dexter. Jeremy Piven, Entourage.
Who will win: Lithgow, though trying to predict what the foreign journalists are thinking when you have a category as ridiculous as this.
Who should win: Lithgow. His serial killer was one of the most memorable characters on TV in a long, long time, and anyone who saw the Dexter finale was absolutely blown away.
Who was robbed: When you have a category as idiotically designed as this one, pretty much everyone.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jane Addams, Hung. Rose Byrne, Damages. Jane Lynch, Glee. Janet McTeer, Into The Storm. Chloe Sevigny, Big Love.
Who will win/should win: Lynch. She's developed the single best character on TV right now.
Who was robbed: See above.
LATE NIGHT UPDATE: Geez, what the heck was Jay Leno thinking with letting Jimmy Kimmel appear last night? I've never seen a real-life train wreck before. As Kimmel landed body blow after body blow, I was in pain watching. I can't imagine what was going through Leno's head.
Meanwhile, NBC announced who would replace Leno at 10 p.m. starting in March, once the Winter Olympics wrap up. (Leno hasn't been officially confirmed going back to The Tonight Show, but it's a virtual given at this point.) NBC will introduce the dramedy Parenthood, based on the '90s movie; the Jerry Seinfeld-produced reality show The Marriage Ref; Who Do You Think You Are, a news/entertainment show that looks into the backgrounds of celebrities; Minute To Win It, a game show in which competitors must compete in a series of one-minute games; and the return of NBC's best drama, Friday Night Lights, currently airing on DirecTV.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: CBS is all new with "Ghost Whisperer," "Medium" and "Numbers" from 8-11 p.m, while Fox airs one of the last couple of "Dollhouse" episodes at 9 p.m. NBC has a new installment of "Law & Order" at 8 p.m., and there's a new "Shark Tank" (ABC, 9 p.m.)
On cable, "Sanctuary" (SyFy, 10 p.m.) airs its season finale before giving way to "Caprica" next week.
On Saturday, there's a new episode of "Demons" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)
On Sunday, the other networks don't seem scared off by the Golden Globes. Most notably, Fox debuts its new series "Human Target," based on the DC Comics graphic novel about a bodyguard (Mark Valley) who sets himself up as the target of assassins to help protect the actual person in danger. (In the pilot, that's "BSG's" Tricia Helfer, reason alone to tune in).
That's followed by the two-hour premiere of "24" (Fox, 9 p.m.), as Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) somehow managed to survive last year's exposure to nerve gas and now works for the CTU office in New York. Helping him are fellow agents Katee Sackoff, Mykelti Williamson and Freddie Prinze Jr. ("24" airs a second two-hour episode Monday, on its regular night).
ABC, meanwhile, airs new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters," while CBS has a new "Cold Case" at 9 p.m., following "60 Minutes," which has been pushed back to 8 p.m. because of the NFL playoffs.
"Masterpiece: Classic" airs the second installment of "Return To Cranford" (PBS, 9 p.m.)
On cable, "Big Love" (HBO, 9 p.m.) is new.
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