HBO leads the way in Golden Globe TV nominations

Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

Cable, powered by HBO and Showtime, wins the majority of television nominations.

Cable television continues to be the darling of the Golden Globes.

Led by a dominant HBO, cable productions racked up 36 nominations at this morning's announcement of contenders for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January. By comparison, the Big 4 broadcast networks and PBS tallied 19.

Last year's drama and comedy/musical series winners, Showtime's Homeland and ABC's Modern Family, respectively, were nominated again in those categories.

HBO, powered by 10 nominations for its films, scored 17 nominations, 10 more than the second-place finisher, fellow pay-cable network Showtime.

The HBO film Game Change topped all series, miniseries and movies with five nominations, followed by the top series nominee, Homeland, with four. Modern Family, PBS' Downton Abbey: Season 2 and the HBO film The Girl tallied three nominations.

New shows had a tougher time cracking the top series categories than they did last year. HBO's Girls and NBC's Smash made the cut in the comedy/musical field and HBO's The Newsroom was named a top drama nominee. Another new series, ABC's Nashville, picked up acting nominations for Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

Past winner Mad Men was a notable absentee in the drama series category.


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