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Golden Globes smartly reward "The Good Wife," flee "Homeland"

By Alan Pergament

What no "Homeland"?

No "Mad Men"?

No argument here.

Those two much-honored cable series were ignored in today's announcement of the Golden Globe nominations.

The failure of both series to be nominated in the TV drama category almost overshadows the shows and actors who were nominated.

However, both Showtime's "Homeland," which ends its third season this Sunday, and AMC's "Mad Men" had down years by their own high standards so you can't blame the Globes for ignoring them.

The other big dramatic loser was HBO, which didn't have one drama or dramatic actor nominated and only scored a best comedy or musical nomination for the little-watched "Girls" from Lena Dunham.

HBO's rivals -- Showtime with "Masters of Sex" and newcomer Netflix with "House of Cards" both earning best drama nominations -- had a much better day.

The broadcast networks even fared better than HBO, earning nominations for "The Good Wife" in the best drama category and for four sitcoms in the best comedy category -- "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," little-watched freshman series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and little-watched "Parks and Recreation."

James Spader of the increasingly violent NBC series "The Blacklist" was the only actor in a broadcast series to be nominated in the best dramatic actor category that included Bryan Cranston of AMC's best drama favorite "Breaking Bad," Michael Sheen of Showtime's "Masters of Sex," Kevin Spacey of Netflix's "House of Cards" and Liev Schreiber of Showtime's "Ray Donovan."

The broadcast networks did better in the best dramatic actress category, with Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife" and Kerry Washington of "Scandal" joining Robin Wright of "House of Cards," Tatiana Mastany of "Orphan Black" and Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black."

And the nets did best in the comedy category, which has been harder for pay-cable and basic cable to mine.

"The Good Wife," the CBS series that was designed to appeal to cable audiences, added another nomination for Josh Charles in a supporting drama actor category that includes series, miniseries and movies.

"Wife" is having a terrific season loaded with office politics so there's no argument here with the Globes rewarding it in multiple ways.

Now, as they still say on "Survivor," let's count the votes.  


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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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