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Golden Globes 2010: Best TV Comedy Series Odds

by Gary Susman, posted Dec 13th 2009 3:00PM
30 RockCould there be some new blood in the Best Comedy Series race at the Golden Globes this year? Could this be the year that '30 Rock' (pictured, right) is finally dethroned? A lot of strong comedy newcomers this year could make that happen. Expect to see some fresh faces when the Globe nominations are announced on Dec. 15.

The Front Runners: Besides '30 Rock,' which won last year, the class of 2009 nominees -- 'The Office,' 'Californication,' 'Entourage' and 'Weeds' -- all have the inside track on a return to the Globes ceremony this year.

Still, an onslaught of funny new shows could crash this party. 'Modern Family' (pictured, below left) and 'Parks and Recreation' lead this pack, followed by 'Glee,' 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Community,' 'Cougar Town' and 'Better Off Ted.'

The Dark Horses: Old favorites that may still have some pull with voters include 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (which had a particularly strong season with its 'Seinfeld' reunion plot), 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' and 'Ugly Betty.'

Older shows finding new critical favor this year (and an outside chance at a nomination) are 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'How I Met Your Mother.'

If voters are feeling sentimental, they may nominate 'Monk,' 'Flight of the Conchords' or 'Samantha Who?' After all, they'll never get another chance to honor these departing shows.

Don't Forget: They may not have had many viewers, but premium cable shows 'Bored to Death,' 'Hung,' and 'The United States of Tara' were three of the most innovative new comedies of the year. And though it lacks the cachet of other shows on this list, new comedy 'The Middle' is hilarious and deserves to be recognized.

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