Zooey Deschanel in "The New Girl." FOXOne thing we love about the Golden Globes: Because they're given out in January, they can honor some of the new fall TV shows that the Emmys haven't had the chance to recognize yet. So why wait until next year's Emmys to find out what this season's best new shows are? Take a look at our rundown of the new fall shows that scored Golden Globes nominations this morning.
Behold the power of Zooey: Both Fox's sunny new sitcom and its quirky-cute star, Zooey Deschanel, landed Globe nominations this year. Sure, we would've opted for ABC's superior fun-young-people comedy, "Happy Endings." But we understand: Zooey's big blue eyes will not be denied.
"American Horror Story"
FX's creepy-crawly haunted-house drama scared voters into handing it a pair of nods: one for best drama series and one for over-the-top scene-stealer Jessica Lange in the supporting actress category. We're pulling for Lange to win… mostly because we don't want to see what she'd do if she lost.
Showtime's tense conspiracy thriller was the most successful new fall show at this year's Globes, scoring nominations for best drama series and for its two leads: Claire Danes as CIA analyst Carrie Mathison, and Damian Lewis as returning Marine Nicholas Brody. Danes will be looking to notch her third Globe win, after taking home trophies for "My So-Called Life" and last year's HBO movie "Temple Grandin."
Kelsey Grammer showed the rest of the TV world who's the "Boss," earning a nod for his lead role as corrupt politician Tom Kane on the new Starz drama. (The show got a surprise nomination in the best drama series category as well.) Of course, it probably helps that Grammer collected eight Globe nominations and two wins for his work on "Frasier"; the voters definitely know how to spell his name by now.
Madeleine Stowe's icy performance as society queen Victoria Grayson is one of the main pleasures of ABC's addictive primetime soap, so we were happy to see her get a nod in the lead drama actress category. We kind of wish Stowe were nominated as a supporting actress along with Jessica Lange, though; we'd like to see those two decide who wins with a no-holds-barred staring contest.
Globe voters saw the light this morning, handing out a pair of prestigious nods to HBO's new self-help dramedy: one for best comedy series and one for Laura Dern, who stars as a frazzled businesswoman who returns from a spiritual retreat feeling revitalized. HBO execs must be feeling revitalized themselves: These nominations should bring a lot of fresh attention to one of their least heralded shows.