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The Golden Globes embrace the stream, dismiss TV in comedy category

"Casual"; "Mozart in the Jungle"; "Silicon Valley"; "Transparent"; "Orange is the New Black" (pictured) and "Veep" are nominated for best comedy/musical TV series. Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden

In possibly a sign of these streaming-fixated times — or possibly the Golden Globe voters didn't pay their cable bill this year? -- the second most prestigious TV award completely bypassed broadcast TV in the comedy category.

Yes, that's a first.

Yes, that's odd. 

Yes, that's obviously a misstep, too. 

But this is the Golden Globes. "Odd" and "misstep" come with the territory. "Misfire," too.

Instead, the comedy category, announced early Thursday, embraced mostly streaming series from Hulu or Netflix (or HBO). The nominees: "Transparent" (Amazon), "Casual" (Hulu), "Mozart in the Jungle" (Amazon), "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix), "Veep" and "Silicon Valley," both HBO.

What's odd here is that among broadcast TV series, shows like "black-ish" or "Parks and Recreation" which ended last year or even "Fresh off the Boat" or "Life in Pieces" or "Mom" or ...

(Or go ahead and add your own "or" here ...)

 ... are all considered superior series. Yet not a mention. 

Moreover, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Master of None," excellent Netflix newcomers, were shut out of this category, too.

It's an old and tired habit of second-guessing the Golden Globes, but this year's comedy list seems almost willfully perverse -- or worse, willfully lazy. Yes, the Globes like to pretend that they influence the Emmys (they actually may influence the Oscars) but even Emmy voters will scratch heads over this one. 

Do Golden Globe voters even watch TV? Can they even tell prominent TV actresses apart?

It was less weird in the drama category, but still weird: 

"Narcos," "Outlander," "Mr. Robot," "Empire" and "Game of Thrones."

Maybe the Globes should just drop TV altogether and focus on the movies. 

That's all the Hollywood Foreign Press Association cares about anyway. 

There are good reasons to do just that, by the way — and the subject has been floated before. An all-movies awards telecast will be more streamlined, more focused; the show won't feel like the head of a donkey stitched on to the body of a dog.

It'll allow voters time to simply pay attention to one medium — the motion picture — instead of splitting their attention between two markedly different ones. They can then give more care to that which they continue to (obviously) believe is more prestigious, more important ... that big 'ol silver screen. 

But as it now stands, this is clearly not working. 

Full list is here. 


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