BEST DRAMA TV SERIES
So glad to see 24 back in the Best Drama race; it really did have its best season yet, and deserves another statue to put next to its Emmy. Though oddly, I'm irked by Lost's nomination. As people have finally caught on, the castaway drama has grown belaboringly tedious, losing its incredible talent for syncretic storylines and characters. I'd much rather see Veronica Mars in its position, even though the first eight episodes of the third season were the worst yet. Now, if TV's true best drama, The Wire, was given the nod it has deserved from its berth, then I would be ecstatic. Being ecstatic is overrated I guess. Also, where the frak is Battlestar Galactica?
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Bill Paxton, Big Love
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Yes! Yes! Yes! Michael C. Hall! Showtime has made quite the turn as HBO's stepnet, with Hall's perfectly sinister performance of the title character in Dexter getting a much-applauded nod. Otherwise this category is a bag of blah. Sure, Bill Paxton is terrific in Big Love, but like the show, I never really root for it to win anything. It's just nice TV, not much more. Patrick Dempsey? Egh. Hugh Laurie? Alright. Kiefer Sutherland? Maybe. Still looking for Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights though… where is he?
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Evangeline Lilly, Lost
Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
This is the limpest group of the bunch. Evangeline Lilly? I hardly noticed anything that warranted a nomination on Lost this year. Maybe Globe voters got her confused with Nathan Fillion guesting as her husband during her flashback in the fall finale? That's it. That's got to be it. I'll mark Edie Falco or Kyra Sedgwick for the win – though I'm pulling for Sedgwick, only because I want her to say one of her thaaaank ewwwwwwws on stage. Another Friday Night Lights snub: Connie Britton as the most humane person in FNL's fictional Dillon, Kyle Chandler's wife.
BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY TV SERIES
As I watch ABC's Ugly Betty more, the more I dislike it. I'm tired of that boring conspiracy schlock, be done with it already. The Globes (along with Emmy) love newbies, so I expect this to steal the show, even though NBC's The Office/Scrubs and Showtime's Weeds deserve it more.
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY TV SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Zach Braff, Scrubs
Steve Carrell, The Office
Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Alec Baldwin's soft-spoken braggadocio Jack Donaghy is the must win – him and 30 Rock are the best new things on TV. What's funny is that all but one of these actors are from an NBC sitcom airing on the same night.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY TV SERIES
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Now, I like America Ferrera. Truly I do. I just don't see what the fuss is all about with Ugly Betty. It's like Big Love and me – we're great friends, but not best friends. Otherwise, it's refreshing to see that the Desperate Housewives crew hasn't completely occupied this category. I'm pulling for the hilarious Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, whose underrated physical comedy on The New Adventures of Old Christine (terrible title, great show) is something sitcoms just don't have enough of nowadays. A close second would be the always acerbic Mary-Louis Parker as pot-stirring mother Nancy Botwin of Showtime's Weeds.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES, OR TV MOVIE
Thomas Haden Church, Broken Trails
Jeremy Irons, Elizabeth I
Justin Kirk, Weeds
Masi Oka, Heroes
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
For the few of us that saw AMC's Broken Trail: give it to Thomas Haden Church! His Tom Harte made Deadwood fade into the background of my mind. Of course, there's someone who should have made this list, but didn't — Studio 60's Steven Weber. Who else can verbalize the entire history of the FCC and make it so interesting?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES, OR TV MOVIE
Emily Blunt, Gideon's Daughter
Toni Collette, Tsunami, the Aftermath
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Sarah Paulson, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
What vexes me most is the Emmy winner from this category, Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh, was ungraciously snubbed. While Katherine Heigl did have a great year, and Ellen Pompeo must have dazzled Globe voters with her annoying knack for looking sharp even with a blown-up Kyle Chandler all over her, Oh was the most in need of a nomination – her and Chandra Wilson. But of these, I'd actually pick Studio 60's Sarah Paulson, whose scene-stealing, born-again Harriet Hayes is an actual reason to watch Studio 60.
BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Prime Suspect: The Final Act
It's depressing how underestimated PBS is. It's public broadcasting, not an infomercial. The long-running Masterpiece Theater films have more bravura and rich characters than some recent Oscar contenders, which would include the series' best to date, Bleak House. Don't let the title fool you, there's nothing bleak about it – Gillian Anderson and some flittering twentysomethings are caught in a dark and murderous affair of deception and consequence when an inheritance of a large sum begins to untangle.
BEST ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Andre Braugher, Thief
Robert Duvall, Broken Trails
Michael Ealy, Sleeper Cell: American Terror
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tsunami, the Aftermath
Ben Kingsley, Mrs. Harris
Bill Nighy, Gideon's Daughter
Matthew Perry, The Ron Clark Story
Whoa. Seven nominations? And only two of those are worth mentioning. How sad. Andre Braugher (who should be in best actor for a drama series, but FX keeps entering the underappreciated, though slightly-misleading – there was minimal theft involved – heist drama Thief as a miniseries, instead of a failed drama series), and Robert Duval, I expect a clean fight.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Gillian Anderson, Bleak House
Annette Bening, Mrs. Harris
Helen Mirren, Elizabeth I
Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Sophie Okonedo, Tsunami, the Aftermath
Gillian Anderson. Her Lady Dedlock, a reserved, demure demoiselle who feigns depression in dark corners, was the best dramatic performance of the year. So many rich layers, so many sound bites, so many emotional scenes – she needs to win. I'll hand it to the crafty Helen Mirren, who scrapped up three well-deserved nods of her own. Of the three though, she was the most magnificent in The Queen – a movie.Powered by Sidelines