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TV newcomers make strong showings in Golden Globes comedy categories


The cast of Modern Family will be out in force at Golden Globes.

Newcomers Glee and Modern Family crashed the best comedy series category while established shows will battle it out in the drama division at next month's 67th Golden Globes awards.

Announced Tuesday by the oft-mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press Association, nominations again were dominated by cable offerings. The notable exception is comedy, where perennial nominees 30 Rock and The Office (both from NBC) were joined by the lone cable finalist, HBO's Entourage. Glee and Modern Family respectively are from Fox and ABC.

Fox's House was the lone broadcast nominee in the drama series field, joined by HBO's True Blood and Big Love, Showtime's Dexter and AMC's Mad Men.

Five other first-year series -- plus Glee -- also made the cuts in acting categories. HBO's Hung got nods for series star Thomas Jane and supporting actress Jane Adams while Courteney Cox notched a nomination for ABC's Cougar Town.

Two Showtime freshman comedies, Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara, were represented with nominations for their title characters, played by Edie Falco and Toni Collette. Among drama series, Julianna Margulies nabbed a nomination for her starring role in CBS' The Good Wife.

Glee received three acting nominations -- for Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch.

HBO as usual dominated the TV portion, amassing a total of 17 nominations. The premium channel again scored big in the movie and miniseries categories, led by three nods apiece for Grey Gardens and Into the Storm. Lifetime also joined the party with three nominations for Georgia O'Keeffe and one for Prayers for Bobby. HBO's principal pay TV rival, Showtime, had six nominations overall, three of them for Dexter.

Again left by the wayside was NBC's Austin-made Friday Night Lights, currently playing on DirecTV before making its way to the Peacock by this summer. The series has never been nominated in a major category by either the Globes or the Emmys. That continues to be a major oversight.

Also left empty-handed this time around were CBS' The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, Fox's 24, Showtime's The Tudors, ABC's FlashForward and HBO's In Treatment. ABC's Lost, which will begin its final season on Feb. 2nd, had a lone nomination for Michael Emerson's performance as the duplicitous Ben Linus.

The Globes will be handed out in a Jan. 17th ceremony on NBC hosted by Ricky Gervais. The complete list of nominations is here.