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TV Junkie: Golden Globes TV Picks

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What TV folks are going to walk away with these mofos? Check out the nominees and our picks.


What TV folks are going to walk away with these mofos? Check out the nominees and our picks.
We've always had our reservations about the Golden Globes - no doubt, they throw a great party and social life is a necessity in the entertainment business, but when you have Belgians helping choose the "best" of American television, it gives us pause. A few months ago producer Peter Tolan echoed our thoughts and alleged that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association could be bought off. These allegations were brought to the forefront when IFC's "TheWrap" reported details of a lawsuit against the HFPA details pay-to-play schemes in which studios and film producers have paid members of the HFPA for nominations and votes. Will tonight be the last of the "Who cares? Let's Party!" years for the Golden Globes? If the lawsuit goes to trial, a very real aura of seediness may taint (no, not that kind of taint) future proceedings.That being said, we'll engage in our list of picks, who we think should win and who we think will win. Today we sat down with comedian, author, and multi-Emmy-winning television writer, Greg Fitzsimmons to do his podcast, FitzDogRadio, about tonight's awards - let's hope our picks hold true or we will be on the receiving end of some comedic barbs the next time we sit down with Fitzsimmons. He'll be posting the podcast later this week - we'll let you know about it here but you should subscribe to him if you like comedy anyway. Follow us on Twitter as we'll be covering NBC's post-Golden Globes party.

Drumroll please:

Best Television Series - Drama
"Boardwalk Empire" - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win/Will Win
"Dexter" (a transition season, not it's strongest)
"The Good Wife" (has turned into a soap opera procedural)
"Mad Men" (1 or 2 stellar episodes does not a winning season make)
"The Walking Dead" (loved it but no Frenchman wants to hump a zombie)

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Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
"The Big Bang Theory" (fun but not a standout)
"The Big C" (great show but cancer isn't funny (enough))
"Glee" (seemed to lose a lot of fans this season)
"Modern Family" - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win/Will Win
"Nurse Jackie" (Edie doesn't think it's a comedy, neither should you)
"30 Rock" (amazing show, loved the live episode, but not as much momentum as "MF")

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
"Carlos" (was great, serious contender, multi-lingual is a plus for HFPA)
"The Pacific" - Will Win (epic # of dollar signs and the HFPA likes that)
"The Pillars of the Earth" (good but not enough Donald Sutherland)
Temple Grandin (liked it but not 'epic' enough to win)
You Don't Know Jack - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win (fantastic performances but too weirdly American to win GGs)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Idris Elba for "Luther" (great show, he's the powerhouse but not popular enough)
Ian McShane for "The Pillars of the Earth" (fun, but his role didn't seem big enough)
Al Pacino for You Don't Know Jack The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win
Dennis Quaid for The Special Relationship (too focused on American politics)
Édgar Ramírez for "Carlos" - Will Win (the HFPA can't deny this guy's physical transformation plus superb acting across multiple languages)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayley Atwell for "The Pillars of the Earth" (again, not a big enough role in the ensemble)
Claire Danes for Temple Grandin - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win/Will Win (predicting the HFPA will step in line with the Emmys on this one)
Judi Dench for "Cranford" (she's great but not a big reach for her)
Romola Garai for "Emma" (what?)
Jennifer Love Hewitt for The Client List (great to see her back on TV but nobody else knows about it)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock" - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win/Will Win (Baldwin's elegance is appreciated by HFPA and his masterful timing can't be denied)
Steve Carell for "The Office" (love Steve but the ensemble is doing more these days)
Thomas Jane for "Hung" (am elated that he got nominated but there's no way he's going to win
Matthew Morrison for "Glee" (nice guy but not the strongest comedian, and singing?)
Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory" (am not sure the HFPA 'gets' BBT)

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (a previous winner at GGs, serious contender, plus she's, like, foreign and stuff)
Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie" - Will Win (she won at Emmys, am thinking HFPA will ditto)
Tina Fey for "30 Rock" - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win (she's the only comedic actress in the list, all others should be DQd)
Laura Linney for "The Big C" (not a comedic actress, not a comedy, it ain't funny enough, I love her though)
Lea Michele for "Glee" (singing just doesn't feel like a winner this year)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad" The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win/Will Win (how many consecutive Emmys do you need to win for the GGs to take notice?)
Michael C. Hall for "Dexter" (great actor but he got his last year)
Jon Hamm for "Mad Men" (not a great season for the show reflects on him too)
Hugh Laurie for "House M.D." (this is still on the air? what actually happened last season? oh, the same old crap)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" - Will Win (the HFPA seems enamored with her)
Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men" (had a couple great episodes this year but a lot of shaky ones)
Piper Perabo for "Covert Affairs" (seriously?)
Katey Sagal for "Sons of Anarchy" - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win (she should have been winning this last year in particular)
Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer" (surprise Emmy winner, hopefully this won't be repeated)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (a bizarrely huge category)
Scott Caan for "Hawaii Five-0" (love him but it's an action show)
Chris Colfer for "Glee" (interesting kid but it's his first gig, c'mon)
Chris Noth for "The Good Wife" (someone tell me why he should win here?)
Eric Stonestreet for "Modern Family" - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win/Will Win (am figuring the HFPA will go along with the Emmys)
David Strathairn for Temple Grandin (he was barely on this movie, there should be a minimum # of minutes)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hope Davis for The Special Relationship (a good movie, but not sure how watched it was)
Jane Lynch for "Glee" (love her but are we over Lynch fever yet?)
Kelly Macdonald for "Boardwalk Empire" (a contender and not just cuz of her foreignness)
Julia Stiles for "Dexter" - The TV Junkie Pick: Should Win/Will Win (no one else on this list went through as much as she did, a powerful performance)
Sofía Vergara for "Modern Family" (very funny but perhaps her performance not at strong as Julie Bowens - if she wins it's because of her accent)

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Tonight we'll be covering the red carpet of NBC's post-Golden Globes party, follow our tweets and look for photos and video interviews over the next few days as well as our appearance on FitzDogRadio.