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New TV DVDs for Jan. 19: 'Weeds,' 'Damages' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 19th 2010 11:00AM
Welcome to our special post-Golden Globes edition of New TV DVDs. Though, to be honest, there isn't a lot of connection between the two. While the film industry has wisely capitalized on the Oscars as a marketing tool, the television industry hasn't yet managed to fully harness such events to bolster their own sales. Thus, though 'Glee,' 'Mad Men' and 'Dexter' all had big nights on Sunday, none of them are represented on this week's list of DVD releases.

Still, the shows that are arriving in stores this week do include no fewer than 45 Golden Globe nominations between them, which is nothing to sneeze at unless you happen to be allergic to good television. Yet, we'll bet that you can't guess which of them had the most nominations. Here's a hint: the series is not mentioned in our headline. Give up yet?Welcome to our special post-Golden Globes edition of New TV DVDs. Though, to be honest, there isn't a lot of connection between the two. While the film industry has wisely capitalized on the Oscars as a marketing tool, the television industry hasn't yet managed to fully harness such events to bolster their own sales. Thus, though 'Glee,' 'Mad Men' and 'Dexter' all had big nights on Sunday, none of them are represented on this week's list of DVD releases.

Still, the shows that are arriving in stores this week do include no fewer than 45 Golden Globe nominations between them, which is nothing to sneeze at unless you happen to be allergic to good television. Yet, we'll bet that you can't guess which of them had the most nominations. Here's a hint: the series is not mentioned in our headline. Give up yet?

Yes, it's 'Dallas!' Hard to believe, but the prime time soap opera managed to pull in a whopping 15 Golden Globe nominations over its 14 seasons. You can check out some of that award winning action with 'Dallas: The Complete Twelfth Season.' Who woulda thunk it.

Second on our chart of nominees is Showtime's ode to living a greener life, 'Weeds,' which has pulled in ten noms over its five year run. Of course, we doubt the high jinks contained on 'Weeds: Season Five' was quite what Al Gore had in mind, but hey: baby steps, right?

'Damages,' which has racked up an impressive seven nominations in just two years on the air, clocks in third on our unofficial countdown of Golden Globe nominees with 'Damages: The Complete Second Season.' We really thought Glenn Close was going to take it home this year. We've just got one thing to say to the Hollywood Foreign Press: do you know where your bunny is?

Also landing seven nominations was 'Thirtysomething,' the series that taught a whole generation of kids just how annoyingly self-obsessed their parents were. Which means, of course, that 'Thirtysomething: The Complete Second Season' would make the perfect gift for mom and pop. See what we did there?

Amazingly enough, 'Law & Order' has only managed to accrue six nominations over its 19 year history. Who nominates these things, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill O'Reilly? Regardless, 'Law & Order: The Seventh Year' is out this week, which means we can finally get that dose of Jerry Orbach we've been jonesing for. Sweet.

And, of course, we also have some releases this week from shows who are totally messing up our theme by never getting a Golden Globe nomination. 'Defying Gravity,' for instance, didn't even get through its first season without getting canceled, so it certainly didn't win a Globe. Still, if you want to know what you missed, you're in luck: 'Defying Gravity: The Complete First Season' includes five unaired episodes.

Finally, the week is rounded out by releases from two of The CW's signature shows, 'Girlfriends' and its spinoff series 'The Game,' which are releasing 'Girlfriends: The Final Season' and 'The Game: The Second Season' respectively. Neither of them ever got any love from the Golden Globes, but 'Girlfriends' did once get an Emmy nomination. That has to count for something, right?

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