The Golden Globes: Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
The Golden Globes: the award season's equivalent to a Roman orgy (tastefully done, of course). No seat-holders, plenty of food and libations, and no cue-card written, inane banter between presenters. Most importantly the Globes only present awards to the actors, directors and writers and leave the accolades for best costuming, makeup, and gaffing to the Oscars.
What I like most about the Golden Globes, and subsequently the Screen Actors Guild and People's Choice Awards (the Wal-Mart of awards shows), is that they recognize both television and movies, which makes it interesting for fans of both types of media. If you're not a big movie fan then you don't have to wait too long to see who wins a television category. As I write for . . . ahem . . . TV Squad, my interests tend to lean in favor of the big video box. This is especially true when it comes to television comedies.
With that being said, my
in-depth five-minute analysis of the nominees for best comedy can be found after the jump.
Desperate Housewives, ABC
Housewives won the Best Comedy award at last year's Globes, even during a season that many fans and critics thought wasn't as good as the first. This year they seem to have returned to what made the show the hit it became during its first season. However, I'm not sure that it is the front-runner this time because there's another ABC comedy/soap opera that premiered this past September that's nipping at its heels.
I don't have HBO (shocking, I know), but I've heard enough about this past season to know that it was a bit different from previous ones, and that didn't fit well with some fans. But, that doesn't mean that it won't win the Best Comedy award. It seems that shows with lackluster seasons seem to win awards all the time (see Desperate Housewives above). There's also the fact that, being on a pay cable station, Entourage is a bit below the radar of most viewers (yes, The Sopranos wins awards, but they have a higher profile). It could win, but it would probably be a long shot.
The Office, NBC
The show is on NBC, the Golden Globes are being aired on NBC, and the whole shebang is being run by NBC Universal. Who do you think is the favorite to win? Well, it does have the distinction of being a comedy rather than being a dramedy or a comedic soap opera. Sure, there are plenty of dramatic elements to it (the forever remembered kiss between Jim and Pam), but for the most part it is played for laughs. I think The Office has the best chance to win. Then again, there is . . .
Ugly Betty, ABC
This show could certainly usurp the Best Comedy award from the housewives of Wisteria Lane. The nation adores Betty, the show is funny (with some soap opera plot thrown in), and it has become one of this season's success stories. Ugly Betty is fresh, where Desperate Housewives is already old after only three seasons. I have a feeling that this has an equal chance of winning as The Office does.
Once again, this is another show that is below the viewers radar because of where it airs. However, award committees really don't care about that when choosing their winners; they look at storylines and acting. They're weird that way, you know. Weeds actress Mary-Louise Parker did win the best actress in a comedy award last year, so the committee may be taking a closer look at the show this time around.
Who should win: For sheer comedy I would go for The Office. For a mix of comedy and melodrama I would go for Ugly Betty.
Who will win: Entourage or Weeds, just because of their edginess