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The Golden Globes TV nominations found room for zombies and bootleggers this year, as The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire were among the new names on the television list. The biggest loser: Lost.

In keeping with a tradition of rewarding HBO shows, Boardwalk Empire‘s nominations included Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald as well as the show itself. More surprising was the inclusion of The Walking Dead, which despite its late-in-the-year premiere and a mere half-dozen episodes managed to impress the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Other newcomers included{C} nominations for Laura Linney and The Big C, Scott Caan for his supporting-actor work on Hawaii Five-O, and Julia Stiles’ guest turn on Dexter.

On the other hand, the final season of Lost was left stranded by the Globes.

Closer to my heart, where were the nominations for Fringe and its stars Anna Torv, John Noble, and Joshua Jackson? In a more just alternate universe, Fringe would be leading the pack, along with… Friday Night Lights! Come on, Golden Globes, no Friday Night Lights love, either?

In the best actress in a drama category, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick, Katey Sagal, and Elisabeth Moss were all to be expected, but… Piper Perabo from Covert Affairs??? Hey, it’s a fun show, but award-worthy?

In drama, how can the Globes nominate Bryan Cranston but leave Breaking Bad off the drama list? I suppose to make room for Walking Dead or, less worthily this particular season, I’m afraid, Dexter.

In comedy, I’m always glad to see Modern Family recognized, as happy for Sophia Vergara’s nomination in the supporting-actress category, but, really Golden Globes, you should have put Julie Bowen in there, too. And the Globes’ continued fondness for Hung baffles me; I’d have swapped out Thomas Jane for Ted Danson in Bored To Death (to me he’s as much of a lead actor in that show as Jason Schwartzman).

These nominations reflect the fact that the latest TV season yielded very few award-worthy new shows. The Globes like to reward shows that are just establishing themselves (such as Glee last year), but even these awards were not going to extend their largesse to quality shows like Community, Parks and Recreation, and good-but-canceled series such as Terriers.

Among the better nominations: the nods to Carlos, the superb exploration of the terrorist Carlos the Jackal that aired on the Sundance Channel.

The Globes TV nominations historically tend to skew toward cable shows, which helps explain why The United States of Tara, The Closer, Hung, The Big C, and Nurse Jackie become favorite nominees of varying quality and popularity. It’s a mixed blessing, since while I don’t think Tara deserves more Globes attention, the cable focus may have nudged worthy shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Carlos to make the list.

But HBO’s awards mojo could not extend to its other quality drama, Treme, which in terms of industry visibility has unfortunately lost the media attention that its cable-mate Boardwalk Empire has won.

All in all, the TV nominations were mostly predictable, occasionally surprising, and ultimately disappointing. When the Golden Globes air Jan. 16 on NBC, I’ll be tuning in to see host Ricky Gervais, but I predict a Mad Men sweep for best drama, Jon Hamm, and maybe even Elisabeth Moss.

What did you think of the TV nominations?

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