Golden Globes Nominees Announced

The Golden Globes -- a.k.a. the awards a bunch of French guys vote on while not knowing anything about American TV, only to be mocked about it later by Ricky Gervais --announced Thursday morning its nominees for TV.

The biggest non-surprise for me was that "The Newsroom" and star Jeff Daniels both got nominations, since these are the same folks that keep picking "Boardwalk Empire" year after year. "The Newsroom" was easily the biggest disappointment of 2012, so laughingly bad at some points that my sticking with it through the entire season was tantamount to masochism.

Thus, two of the Best Drama spots are taken up by "The Newsroom" and "Boardwalk Empire," meaning shows like "Mad Men," "Justified," "Sons of Anarchy," "The Walking Dead" and "The Good Wife" are all left off. Is there any doubt as why the Hollywood Press Association deserves to be mocked?

(Not to mention throwing all the supporting actor nominations into a single category, which makes no sense.)

Anyway, the show airs Jan. 13 on NBC.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: Still quite a bit of new stuff tonight, which is always good.

CBS is all-new with "Big Bang Theory," "Two and A Half Men," "Person of Interest" and "Elementary," and ABC is too with "Last Resort," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

NBC inflicts two episodes of "Up All Night" upon us from 8-9 p.m., while Fox has a new "Glee" at 9 p.m. following "The X-Factor." The CW airs "Vampire Diaries" and "Beauty and the Beast" from 8-10 p.m.

On cable, "Burn Notice" (USA, 10 p.m.) is new as Michael and the gang are still on the run from the CIA. FX has a new "It's Always Sunny" at 10 p.m., followed by two new episodes of "The League."