2009 Golden Globes Preview: What New Shows Will Get In?
2009 Golden Globes Preview: What New Shows Will Get In?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Tomorrow morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reveal this year's Golden Globe nominees, and you never know what to expect.  The Golden Globes have been a lot more diverse than the Emmys, nominating people like Evangeline Lilly for Lost, Anna Paquin for True Blood, Lauren Graham for Gilmore Girls and Sarah Michelle Gellar for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  They've also given the Best Drama award to Nip/Tuck and Party of Five.

This year, there are a ton of new shows that have a good chance to be nominated alongside regulars like 30 Rock and Mad Men.  Here are some of the new faces and names you could see at this year's Golden Globes.


This beloved show is almost guaranteed a nomination for Best Comedy for its world-wide popularity and hit songs.  The real test will be whether the actors can get in.  Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have a good shot at scoring nominations for Lead Actor and Actress, and Jane Lynch has received universal praise, hopefully getting her in.  The only problem could be that the Golden Globes combine drama, comedy and miniseries actors in the supporting races, making it more difficult to earn a nomination.

Modern Family
The critical hit of the year, this brilliant ensemble should earn a Best Comedy nomination, but it's going to be more difficult for the stars.  All six major stars are equally great, and singling one out could be hard.  But if it's based solely on name recognition, Ed O'Neill has the advantage with two previous nominations for Married..,with Children.

Cougar Town
The Golden Globes LOVE the cast of Friends, which you can tell from the fact that they nominated Matt LeBlanc for Joey.  So Courtney Cox should be a shoo-in for Lead Actress.

Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara
The Golden Globes love Showtime comedies.  David Duchovny and Mary-Louise Parker have both won awards while Californication and Weeds both have multiple nominations for Best Comedy.  As such, Edie Falco, Toni Collette and their shows could all easily score nominations.

Eastbound and Down and Hung
HBO is also a big favorite, and while it's doubtful that these shows will earn multiple nominations, Danny McBride and Thomas Jane could both get into the Lead Actor race.

Party Down
The Golden Globes love the hip new show, and nothing is more hip than this Starz comedy from the people behind Veronica Mars.  An all-star cast of cult comedy all-stars and hilarious comedy could spell surprise success for this underappreciated gem.


FlashForward and V
ABC's two new sci-fi shows are still young, but perhaps they could slide in for proving that there is room for science fiction on major networks.

The Good Wife
George Clooney is guaranteed a movie nomination for Up in the Air, so why not nominee his old ER co-star Julianna Margulies for her new show?

Lie to Me
The Golden Globes like nominating leading men on procedurals (see: Simon Baker for The Guardian, Anthony LaPaglia for Without a Trace), so Tim Roth could get in.

It's a longshot, but the Golden Globes have nominated young female action stars like Jennifer Garner in Alias and even Jessica Alba in Dark Angel, so Eliza Dushku has a chance.

The Vampire Diaries
This is very unlikely, but vampires are very hot right now, and that momentum could lead to a surprise nomination for either the series or one of its three leads.  If you think I'm joking, the Golden Globes nominated Wentworth Miller for Prison Break and Jason Priestly for Beverly Hills 90210 (twice), so Ian Somerhalder has a perfectly reasonable chance at a nomination.

The Golden Globes love getting big-name Hollywood stars to their event, and there's no better way to ensure that Will Smith shows up than by nominating his wife Jada Pinkett Smith for Lead Actress in this forgotten TNT drama.

The 2009 Golden Globe Award nominations will be revealed at 5am PST on Tuesday, December 15.

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