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Glee, Modern Family Get Best Comedy Golden Globes Nods As Rookies

glee_12-15Fans of the new comedy shows Glee on FOX and Modern Family on ABC woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning, as the freshman programs got Golden Globes nominations for Best Comedy.

The awards show, which has a history of surprising nominations and favoring fresh shows and nominees, had a few more surprises in store in the actor and actress categories.

Simon Baker of CBS’ The Mentalist is a first-time nominee in the best actor, TV drama category, while Julianna Margulies of CBS’ The Good Wife got a nominee for best actress, TV drama category.

Glee had other nominations as well: Lea Michele in best actress and Matthew Morrison in best actor. The first season of Hung got Thomas Jane a nomination, as did the first seasons of Cougar Town for Courtney Cox, The United States of Tara for Toni Collette and Nurse Jackie for Edie Falco.

Best TV drama winner Mad Men and best TV comedy winner 30 Rock get a chance to defend their wins last year at this year’s January 17 ceremony on NBC. 30 Rock competes with Entourage and The Office in addition to the two new shows. Mad Men is up against the field from last year, with Big Love swapped in for In Treatment.

Not to rain on the parade, but the reaction on Twitter from TV critics felt like a collective 140-character groan. Alan Sepinwall, TV critic for the Star-Ledger, tweets, “Trying to parse any kind of meaning out of Golden Globe noms or awards is pointless. It amazes me we take them as seriously as we do.”

Here are the TV nominees, via THRFeed.com:

Best actor in a TV drama: Simon Baker, “The Mentalist,” CBS; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter,” Showtime; Hugh Laurie, “House,” Fox; Bill Paxton, “Big Love,” HBO.

Best actress in a TV drama: Glenn Close, “Damages,” FX; January Jones, “Mad Men,” AMC; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Anna Paquin, “True Blood,” HBO; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer,” TNT.

Best actor in a TV comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” Steve Carell, “The Office” David Duchovny, “Californication,” Matthew Morrison, “Glee,” Thomas Jane, “Hung.”

Best actress in a TV comedy: Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara,” Lea Michele, “Glee”; Courteney Cox, “Cougar Town.”

Best actor in a supporting role: Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”; Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”; William Hurt, “Damages”; John Lithgow, “Dexter”; Michael Emerson, “Lost.”

Best actress in a supporting role: Jane Lynch, “Glee”; Rose Byrne, “Damages”; Janet McTeer, “Into the Storm”; Jane Adams, “Hung”; Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love.”

Best TV movie or miniseries: “George O’Keeffe,” Lifetime; “Grey Gardens” HBO; “Into the Storm,” HBO; “Little Dorrit,” PBS; “Taking Chance,” HBO.

Best actor in a miniseries or TV movie: Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance,” HBO; Kenneth Branagh, “Wallender,” PBS; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Endgame,” PBS; Brendan Gleeson, “Into the Storm,” HBO; Jeremy Irons, “Georgia O’Keeffe,” Lifetime.

Best actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie: Joan Allen, “Georgia O’Keefe”; Drew Barrymore, “Grey Gardens”; Jessica Lange, “Grey Gardens”; Anna Paquin, “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler”; Sigourney Weaver, “Prayers for Bobby.”

Here are the full list of motion picture nominees.

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