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Golden Globe Nominations Breakdown: TV

Sure, everyone talks about the Golden Globe nominations as Oscar predictors, but they're also a great barometer for the fall TV season, giving us an early look at which shows critics think deserve recognition — and which are tanking. This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave props to a few new shows and a few old favorites but skipped over a few that I thought were sure bets. Here is BuzzSugar's breakdown of the Golden Globe nominations for TV. (To see my movie breakdown, click here.)

I'm loving the nomination of America Ferrera from "Ugly Betty". She's been charming so far as the aggressively unstylish magazine assistant, and she might actually have a chance of winning here, if Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman split the "Desperate Housewives" ballots and voters don't want to let Mary-Louise Parker repeat for "Weeds."

A year after taking home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress on TV, Sandra Oh got snubbed. Maybe there was only room for one "Grey's Anatomy" lady, and Katherine Heigl does deserve some recognition for her work as line-crossing, Denny Duquette-loving Izzie. But if the Globes could reward two "Housewives" in the Best Actress category, why not two for "Grey's"?

So Matthew Perry didn't get nominated for "Studio 60," but he's still a contender at the Globes for "The Ron Clark Story," a TNT original picture that I ... have never heard of.

Lots more, so

Kiefer Sutherland got his zillionth (OK, his fifth) best actor nomination for "24," and perennial comedy favorite Tony Shalhoub from "Monk" is back for a fourth time after being passed over last year. Neither has won for several years, though.

Everyone's talking about Leo vs. Leo and Clint vs. Clint, but what about Helen vs. Helen? In addition to her film nomination for "The Queen," British dame Helen Mirren also got two nods in the Best Actress, Miniseries, or Movie category: One for the HBO miniseries "Elizabeth I," which garnered her an Emmy earlier this year, and one for the final installment of the PBS miniseries "Prime Suspect." That means Mirren herself nabbed more nominations than the casts of most entire TV shows, which is pretty darn impressive. But I'm most excited because now we have triple the chance of seeing her give yet another charming and weirdly controversial acceptance speech.

The Globes tend to reward new shows, so it's no surprise to see a few newbies snag high-profile mentions. First-season standouts "Heroes" and "Big Love" could be surprise winners in the Best Drama Series category, and "Ugly Betty" could pull an upset in the comedy competition. But a Golden Globe isn't always the good-luck charm a first-year series needs: "Commander in Chief" tanked and was ultimately canceled despite its nomination and star Geena Davis's win last year.

Michael C. Hall missed out on most of the big awards when he was on "Six Feet Under," but his starring role as a vigilante serial killer on "Dexter" could snag him a win this time. Just looking at Alec Baldwin makes me laugh, so I wouldn't be surprised if the "30 Rock" star upset Tony Shalhoub and Steve Carrell in the Best Actor, Musical or Comedy category.

"The Wire." Kyle Chandler from "Friday Night Lights." The entire supporting cast from "The Office." Which of your favorites didn't make it? Tell us below.

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RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
I wish John Krakowski from "The Office" would be nominated - he's what makes the show for me! All of his little glances at the camera, like he's the only one who really knows how bizarre that office is - I feel like I actually know him! Yay for America Ferrera - I started watching Ugly Betty out of curiosity and completely got hooked. And of course, Grey's...I agree that Chandra Wilson should have been nominated.
madame_emt madame_emt 10 years
Veronica Mars, overlooked yet again.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Every time i hear the sone by the fray that played in the season finale i cry...I'm all in.
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 10 years
Matthew Perry was nominated for a mini series or something, wasn't he....not his TV show, eitehr way he was nominated, He is so funny! I LOVE Friends and watch it all the time!
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 10 years was the Emmy's that I was thinking about Hugh Laurie not being nominated, but then Keifer Sutherland won there, so that is good. OOPS!
DStirk DStirk 10 years
M perry is nominated for studio 60, i love that show. I heard a rumor that it was cancelled... anyone know if this is true?
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Hugh Laurie actually won last year. It'll be interesting to see if he repeats!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Sorry that Chandra Wilson was overlooked. Miranda Bailey is the best!
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 10 years
I'm happy Katherine Heigle got nominated, and Hugh Laurie (I think he was left out last year, or am I wrong?) YAY for Keifer Sutherland, he is always amazing!! I wish Sandra Oh had been nominated, I have seen season 2 SO many times and she was amazing. BUT then again Katherine Heigle's preformance in the season finale, when Denny dies, always makes me cry, she was amazing!! I don't know about Big Love, I kinda think House would have fit in that spot better, but then I haven't seen the show so maybe it is good. AGAIN Lauren Graham was left out. Yes I do think that last season was not the best for Gilmore Girls, but Lauren Graham always does an amazing job no matter what! Someone needs to give this woman a Golden Globe because this is the last season of Gilmore Girls.
a-geek a-geek 10 years
Michael Hall should definitely win for Dexter. While I like 24 (a lot, even) Dexter walks all over it in terms of quality- I can't believe they left it out in the TV drama category (and Lost?! maybe a few seasons ago...). I need to start DexterSugar.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Grey's Anatomy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's the only one I watch every week. Well, ugle betty too but def grey's to win. I'm all in.
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