Sure, "30 Rock," "Modern Family" and "Glee" all received Golden Globe nominations on Thursday (December 15), but a bunch of brand-new shows also find themselves up for statues at the broadcast. "New Girl," "American Horror Story" and even America's newest guilty pleasure, "Revenge," all nabbed some kind of nod.
The Comedy/ Musical Series nomination for Fox's Zooey Deschanel vehicle "New Girl" is a bit of a surprise. The rookie sitcom follows Actress - Comedy nominee Deschanel as she plays a recently heartbroken schoolteacher who moves in with three single guys. From there, wackiness ensues.
A win for Deschanel (who goes up against heavy-hitters like Tina Fey, Laura Linney and Amy Poehler) would bring some fresh blood to the broadcast. While it's commendable that new shows are getting recognized, it's surprising that Poehler managed to earn a nomination for her turn as Leslie Knope but that "Parks and Recreation" wasn't nominated in the Comedy/ Musical Series category.
Living on the polar opposite spectrum, FX's creepy, soapy "American Horror Story" is an unexpected contender in the Drama Series category.
The show is a frightening look at relationships and suburbia, where sometimes the decisions made by the living turn out to be more frightening than the things that go bump in the night. Jessica Lange is up for Supporting Actress.
Can the show beat out a show like "Boardwalk Empire" or "Game of Thrones"? Probably not, but it's nice recognition for one of TV's most compelling new series. If anything, Lange's portrayal of L.A.'s nosiest neighbor, Constance, deserves some love.
Madeleine Stowe probably won't take home a trophy for her portrayal of the lovably evil Victoria Grayson on "Revenge" in the Best Actress - Television Series Drama category, but her nomination comes as a delightful acknowledgement of that show's undeniable ability to keep viewers entertained week after week as they tune in to see what happens to the Hamptons' richest and most powerful.
The most predictable nods, perhaps, go to critical favorites and awards-show darlings like "30 Rock," "Mildred Pierce," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family." But what does come as a surprise is the fact that "Breaking Bad" was snubbed in the Drama Series category, given the show's critical praise and fan fervor.
Hosted by Ricky Gervais for the third straight time, the Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, January 15, on NBC.