UPN first: Golden Globe nod for ‘Chris’
One notable pick among the usual suspects
December 13, 2005
Over the years UPN and the WB have had critical hits and ratings successes, but they’ve never caught on with the awards crowd. Neither network has ever garnered a major nomination, much less an actual trophy, at the Emmys.
But that may change this year. Yesterday nominations for the Golden Globes, considered an early barometer for the Emmys, were announced, and UPN’s rookie sitcom Everybody Hates Chris became the first show ever on UPN or the WB to receive a Best Comedy nomination.
The only other program from the two networks to be nominated for a Globe was the WB’s Felicity for Best Drama in 1998.
Chris received lots of critical buzz over the summer, but that chatter has cooled since the start of the season. Though Chris beat NBC’s Joey in the Thursday 8 p.m. timeslot among adults 18-49 in its debut, the show has since settled back to become a solid but not spectacular performer for UPN.
While the Golden Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are not as prestigious as the Emmys and have traditionally been more willing to embrace outsiders, they do often presage Emmy nominations.
Fox’s Arrested Development, for example, was nominated for Best Comedy during its first season two years ago and went on to win that category at the Emmys. Same goes for Monk’s Tony Shalhoub a few years back.
Of course UPN worked hard for its nomination. According to several reports, the network sent HFPA members Polaroid DVD players loaded with episodes of Chris as well as a specially filmed segment by series narrator Chris Rock making fun of awards show campaigns.
Meanwhile, last year’s big winner, ABC, had a strong showing again. It led all broadcast networks with 16 nominations, including five for Desperate Housewives. ABC also had three of the Best Drama nominees: Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and newcomer Commander in Chief.
HBO received the most overall nominations with 17, led by four for the movie Empire Falls.
NBC had the third-most nominations with five, including Best Comedy Lead Actor nods for My Name is Earl’s Jason Lee and The Office’s Steve Carell and a Best Comedy nomination for Earl. Perhaps most notable was what was missing for NBC, longtime awards show favorite Will & Grace, which received no nominations.
CBS, Fox and Showtime got four nominations apiece.
The Golden Globes will air on NBC Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
2006 Golden Globe nominees:
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
COMMANDER IN CHIEF (ABC)
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
PRISON BREAK (FOX)
Original Film and Adelstein/Parouse Prods.
HBO Entertainment i.a.w. BBC
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Prods. i.a.w. HBO Entertainment
EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (UPN)
Chris Rock Enterprises, Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment i.a.w Paramount Network Television
MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
Acme Prods. i.a.w. 20th Century Fox Television
Lions Gate Television i.a.w. Tilted Prods.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
MY NAME IS EARL
TWO AND A HALF MEN
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
EMPIRE FALLS (HBO)
Mark Platt Prod., Aspetuck & Stone Vialleg Picturs Prod. i.a.w. HBO Films
INTO THE WEST (TNT)
LACKAWANNA BLUES (HBO)
Bellah Films, Good Shepard Prods. i.a.w. HBO Films
SLEEPER CELL (SHOWTIME)
Showtime, Anne Kindberg Prod.
VIVA BLACKPOOL (BBC AMERICA)
WARM SPRINGS (HBO)
Mark Gordon Prod. i.a.w. HBO Films
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
THE GIRL IN THE CAFÃ‰
S. EPATHA MERKERSON
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS
THE GIRL IN THE CAFÃ‰
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
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