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December 11, 2008

Globes stick to TV vets


Do nominations for "True Blood" and "In Treatment" make up for snubs on "The Wire" and "The Shield?" Still deciding -- we'll have to get back to you on that later.

There are a lot of familiar faces among the Golden Globe television nods, though that doesn't mean some of them don't belong there. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and "30 Rock?" Of course. All-time Emmy champ "John Adams?" Naturally. Jon Hamm, January Jones and "Mad Men?" No brainers.

But no Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad?" That's a mistake. And we wish we'd found Billie Piper, from that Showtime guilty pleasure "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," on the list. She deserves to be there as much as -- or more than -- Debra Messing from that clunky, cliche-ridden "Starter Wife."

And Katey Sagal's compelling, sexy Lady Macbeth routine on "Sons of Anarchy" really should've been called out, especially if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wanted to buff its image as a group that "discovers" new, fresh and daring.

Cable continued its romp over the broadcast networks, proving that their investment in original programming is money well spent. But overall, the TV side of the Globes gave us little that wasn't predictable. Honestly, "Entourage?" Again?

Check here for all the nominees.



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