The 2012 Golden Globes Nominations Forgot About Mad Men and Game of Thrones

Hollywood's fifth or sixth most glamorous annual event relating to spherical shiny trophies, The Golden Globes, unveiled its nominations this morning and always eager to make headlines, the list of potential award winners features some choices that seem to have been picked out of a hat. Instead of starting with the recognition of the good (Homeland leads all series nominations with four and Breaking Bad finally cracks the Best Drama field), let's be Negative Nancys and look at the oversights.

Mad Men was snubbed from the Best Drama category, Parks and Recreation couldn't make the Best Comedy category, and Game of Thrones wasn't nominated for anything. Yeesh.

Yes, these are just Da Globez, which has a track record for more playful slap-in-the-face nominations and putting a "Best Of" list together that everyone will appreciate is one of the industry's Sisyphean tasks, but when you take a look at what series made it instead of the aforementioned deserved shows, it's like Tabasco sauce in a cold sore. HBO's inconsistent The Newsroom received a nod for Best Drama and NBC's problematic Smash scooted its way into Best Comedy or Musical. Headlines achieved, Golden Globes!

Let's take a look at the relevant television categories one by one.


Best Television Series - Drama


Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland (last year's winner)
The Newsroom

2012 was an odd year in that I would say there wasn't any single outstanding show that stood out above the rest, and there are four or five shows that could easily lay some claim to best of the year. But sorry, The Newsroom is not one of those shows. There are only five spots here, and including Aaron Sorkin's sometimes-great evangelizing soapbox means that Mad Men, which had some fine moments this season, and Game of Thrones, which was as good as if not better than the Globe-nominated first season, are left all alone in the cold wondering where the love is. At least The Globes' governing body The Hollywood Foreign Press finally pulled its head out of its ass long enough to give Breaking Bad its first Best Drama nomination in this crazy contest.


Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical


The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
Girls
Modern Family (last year's winner)
Smash

Just because it says Comedy OR Musical, doesn't mean you NEED a musical in there. But Smash, a show that got so ridiculous in its first season that fans openly put a bounty on a character's head, conned its way in. It's odd that New Girl earned two actor nominations but not a series nomination, and I still think Episodes is a ways away from being in the best comedy conversation. Modern Family, blah blah blah. Parks and Recreation easily deserves to be on the list here. But if you need an example of how off The Golden Globes were on comedy this year, I'll give you two: Louie and Community.


Best Performance by an Actor - Drama


Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

(Last year's winner, Kelsey Grammer, Boss)

Not much to complain about here. Despite the show's flaws, Daniels was fantastic as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom. But this should be a fight between Cranston and Lewis, with Buscemi getting in a good swing here and there.


Best Performance by an Actress - Drama


Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland (last year's winner)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

The Golden Globes have shown little consistency in the lead actress category over the years, and once again we have three new women in the category this year (Margulies and Danes were nominated last year). The field is more competitive in 2012 than it was in 2011, but it's still the Claire Danes Show. She'll repeat or I'll eat my hat. (Note: It's okay to wear a sandwich as a hat, right?)


Best Performance by an Actor - Comedy or Musical


Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (last year's winner)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Sure, why not. After the Best Comedy snub of Louie, at least this is proof The Golden Globes know Louis C.K. exists.


Best Performance by an Actress - Comedy or Musical


Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

(Last year's winner, Laura Dern, Enlightened)

If this were Best Performance by someone so cute they make you want to throw up, then it's Deschanel all day. If it's Best Performance by someone that gets naked too often, then it's Dunham (her writing and directing, on the other hand, are superb). But this is essentially who is the funniest, so it's Poehler versus Louis-Dreyfus in a battle of goofy political ladies.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television


Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

(Last year's winner, Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones)

Finally someone recognizes that Patinkin is doing wonders in the shadows of his more expressive co-stars. The beard alone could get its own nomination. Patinkin could be the third Homeland actor to win a Globe this year, but he'll have tough competition from Harris and voter fave Stonestreet. And is now a good time to say that Greenfield's Schmidt has reached annoying levels? I can't believe I said it either.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television


Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

(Last year's winner, Jessica Lange, American Horror Story)

Wow! Who would have thought little Claire the indestructible cheerleader would be up for an almost legitimate award one day? Panettiere brings youthful energy to the mix, but that's about it. She should be Rayna James'd by the elder Maggie Smith if Kalinda's rough sex storyline turns voters off of Panjabi.

Let's hear your gripes and more gripes in the comments section below!

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Wait ... how did Archie Panjabi get nominated? I really like The Good Wife, but she's by far the worst actor on that show. I absolutely can NOT believe her as a "tough girl." Personally, I think Mary Beth Peil (Jackie), Christine Baransky (Diane) or Alan Cumming (Eli) should have been nominated over Panjabi... especially Mary Beth Peil ... I love Jackie!
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Seriously, there need to be a revamping of these award shows. There are far too many good shows that never get nominated--SOA, The league, etc.
Its like the Good ole Boys Club!!! same tried and true stuff!
And I love louie, but seriously, come on, really, do you really laugh your butt of when u watch this show??? its entertaining but come on! Im rolling when watching The League, but it never gets any love! I dont think louie is really a comedy!!!! Its something else, u find the niche to put it in!
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Sons of Anarchy golden globe worthy? Are u freaking kidding me? The gunfire scenes reminds me of the A-Team era. It's one big joke. It's just an average tv show. Not a golden globe tv show, nor to be a nominee.
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I think the problem with these award shows is that there aren't enough categories. You can't clump every show into two categories "Drama" and "Comedy". The shows that are up for best dramas...truly are 'dramas', in other words, kinda boring, which is fine, and sometimes that is exactly what I'm in the mood for. But sometimes I like a show with a bit of meat on it's bones and there are no categories to cover these shows.

A Fantasy category to cover shows like "Once Upon a Time", "Grimm" etc.
A Horror category to cover "Supernatural", "AHS", "Walking Dead" etc.
A Sci-Fi category to cover "Haven" "Fringe", "Falling Skies" etc.
An Action category to cover "Person of Interest" etc..
A Crime category to cover "CSI", "Criminal Minds" etc.
...and so on

You can't possibly expect shows like these to compete in the same category together, it's insane! I watch completely different shows every week, depending on what kind of mood I'm in. After all, variety is the spice of life!
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HOMELAND this season has been fabulous and Claire Danes is a seriously crazy actress, she s good. season two of GOT was sooooo boring that i got frustrated watching it, Battle of Blackwater was the only episode that made sense so i m not surprised, they should step up their game in Season 3, Achie Panjabi and Hayden bla bla up for nominations? seriously GG should get a life. John Noble of Fringe definitely deserves a mention, He s good
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WTF What about Walking Dead?
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Sons of Anarchy got totally shunned ???
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No Community? (I don't even notice all the other shows/people missing from the nominations, that's how upset I am). I know that Community constantly gets dissed by all the award shows, but when is it going to end? Shame on you, Golden Globes.
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Are these all the nominations? what about lead actor actress in mini series and best mini series ?
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Completely agree with Modern Family being nominated, but rest of the nominations are downhill.
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I keep thinking Downton Abbey is called DowntoWn Abbey. Anybody else?
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nope just you
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benedict cumberbatch to win!!! :D
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Where is Fringe at? The continual snubbing of Fringe and John Noble year after year makes it clear what a joke these awards are.
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These nominations are bogus they suck!!!!
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After 5 years, Fringe has been overlooked for best series and best actor for John Noble. Disgrace. Also Community keeps on keeping on being snubbed. Blah
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Golden Globes Nominations would not know a GOOD show if it came up behind them and kicked them in the ass !!!
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"But if you need an example of how off The Golden Globes were on comedy this year, I'll give you two: Louie and Community." - THIS.

I wouldn't have put Girls in the list also, but that's me. And swap Eric Stonestreet with the actor who's playing Nick on New Girl (totally blanking on his name...).
Best Comedy section is a sick joke. Newsroom? Really?! (*said in Seth Myers' voice*)

Also, how horrible is that I didn't even expect to see anything from Fringe on this list? I think I may have lost hope. I'll go listen to Yazoo's Only You now.
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GoT was so busy in season two, introducing so many characters and storylines that really no one had enough opportunities to truly stand out. Peter deserved it last year but it's not surprising that the entire season two got passed over.

Archie Panjabi for best supporting actress!

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For the people saying they are shocked The Walking Dead isn't nominated for anything, are you being serious? It's a good show, but it's definitely not Golden Globe nomination level. That's like being shocked Transformers wasn't nominated for an Oscar.

Only snub I'm upset about is Community, but I'm used to that by now. Not surprised Dexter isn't on here either since the 6th season is the one in consideration.
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The Walking Dead is a good show. Also, Golden Globes is not that big of a deal.

TWD brings constant excitement, good acting by several actors, amazing production values, good cinematography. Just because it has zombie decapitations, it does not mean it's a bad drama. Which it really is. A good drama.
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I agree - I never liked zombies stories so I had a hard time getting into TWD at the beginning, but it is a very good show, specially now in the third season.
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Parks & Rec and 30 Rock got snubbed for best comedy....both had amazing seasons last year.....as did Jane Krakowski for supporting actress.
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This year's nominees are terrible, except for Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire. Where are Game of Thrones, The Walking dead, New Girl, Mad Men?
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not sure if they were reviewing season 2 of the Walking Dead, but it was pretty boring in general..being on the farm and not doing much but looking for a little girl. If we're talking about Season 3 it should definitely be nominated.


GoT is good (season 1 was better).

And Awake? Hello?
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Exactly! Where's Awake?
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hello? The Walking Dead!! These awards are a joke. Modern Family, really? And Homeland is strung together with twigs and used chewing gum. The whole thing is ridiculous. Acknowledge Dexter, Game of Throne, True Blood - shows worthy of being awarded, thx.
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I don´t see that True Blood coud have been nominated for anything passed the first season - I still watch it, but it is not award material anymore
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Homeland is ridiculous but True Blood is worthy of acknowledgement? :)

Homeland was extremely good and Dexter sucked ass last season. I agree on GoT, they did deserve to be on the list.
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No kidding I was looking at the list thinking where's Walking Dead and Dexter??
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Game of Thrones is great
but Awake is better
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I liked the first season of Newsroom, but I wouldn't rank it as a top-5 drama or put it ahead of great shows like Game of Thrones or Justified (which seems to get overlooked by every awards show). At least they finally nominated Breaking Bad.
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None of them drama even comes close to Downton Abbey
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I have only seen about 15 minutes. It looks painfully boring. Would you mind explaining why it's not?
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It is well written, it has a lot of characters that you actually care about, and they seem real (can't say that about many tv shows). Plus it has beautiful sceneries and costumes. I did not believe that I would love DA as much as I do when I first started watching it, but it has become one of my favourites. If you only have seen 15 min (which is less than 1/3 of an episode) I can understand your confusion. But it's a show (sorry, series) worth watching. But I understand that it's not for everyone. :)
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Man Winter truly is coming when "Game of Thrones" gets.....snowed!
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Anyone who bothers to take these awards seriously (other than the actors, that is) needs to wonder if their opinion is in fact their own or if it's fed to them.
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The same thing as every year. Only five nominations per category, not enough for all great performances. Some will always be left without a nom, so I can't really complain about the selection.

Wait, I take that back! What the hell is Hayden Panettiere doing up there?! All those great female performances, and she is picked? Was she nominated because of her golden globes?
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She's not as good as e.g. Clare Danes or Jennifer Carpenter (not even nominated, as usual). But she's playing a singer, and she can actually sing (*much* better than Connie Britton). And she's a decent actress. This has created a situation where it's hard to imagine that anyone else could have been better in that role. Bruce Lee wasn't the greatest actor, but try to imagine Enter the Dragon with someone else in that role. It's like that, but with boobs.
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Best analogy ever.
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I haven't seen Nashville, but based on previous acting performances I find it incredibly hard to believe she was one of the top 5 in that category.
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Its a shame. As far as I know, the Golden Globes also snubbed The Hobbit in the movie categories. I thought the days of ignoring non-traditional genres like sci-fi and fantasy, are over. I guess I was wrong.
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To be fair the review for The Hobbit are not matching the hype, whilst Game of Thrones is clearly incredible.

Bring back Ricky Gervais slamming all the celebs and this becomes the best award show of the lot.
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I think this year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting. I think they'll try to mock the thing a bit as well, just not as fearlessly as Gervais, probably.
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With Community not even nominated, it has zero credibility. Pass.
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Maggie Smiths dead pan delivery of so many cutting lines in Downton has made me laugh so many times I couldn't even guess an amount! I'll back her all the way!
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downton abbey is fantastic, and so is michelle dockery
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Good riddance!
The Newsroom instead of Game of Thrones.And where's John Noble`s nomination?
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They also snubbed Person of Interest and Once Upon a Time and of course they will never ever nominate Fringe of Supernatural even if they are the best dramas going on right now.
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You can bury all your hope for PoI and Fringe and Supernatural. Once Upon a Time may get some recognition at the Emmys, I guess.
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I like Once and all, but I wouldn't say it is really something award worthy. Then again, neither are a lot of the things on these lists... :S
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I decided a long time ago to not take award shows snubbing John Noble any serious ...
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Game of Thrones was great this year... but certainly not better than last year... So, I don't know what the fuss is all about... And, do all GoT fans gather here... I mean look at your 'best of 2012 polls'... if everyone's voting than the result is obviously the 'most popular' show and not 'the best'... sorry but the polls don't make sense... just rather call it 'people's choice' or something like that...
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I think if that was "people's choices", that would have a meaning after all - but when the votes come from a few people that use scripts to vote automaticaly, well, then it really doesn´t have any meaning at all (imo)
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Totally agree. The polls here have been kind of a joke. It isn't even indicative of the people that come here, since most just made accounts to vote.
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As a very dedicated fan, even I am bored to see Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory being nominated in these awards.. the best part of it: no Mad Man.. it truly was enough already.. and these categories, man, how ridiculous it is for ed harris, max greenfield, mandy patinkin and eric stonestreet are competing against each other? how does it make sense to these people to put drama-comedy-mini series-films altogether?
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Is this really the first time the Golden Globes nominated Breaking Bad for TV's best series?

Reading that made me not care at all about any or all snubs from this year... obviously the Golden Globes holds absolutely no value in regards to TV.
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I don't know that any award show holds much value in regards to TV.
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Probably not even Emmys
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That fact really says it all.
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I have only one thing to say: MANDY PATINKIN!
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well , there are too many good shows that they forgot to put GoT
personally i would remove Smash and put GoT as best Comedy or Musical if i can ..

and lets see the reaction of the cast when they find out they are nominated in the wrong category ..
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I think the Golden Globes should settle this by letting people vote on their web site. They should allow multiple votes and encourage people to vote as many times as they can.
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Haha! They should also encourage the use of bots and other such automated voting software.
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since there is no my little pony nomination, maybe they wouldn´t crash their servers LOL
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Haha! What is up with the My Little Pony fanaticism?
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LOL
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LOL. Indeed... I mean, it is going so well here. :P
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Drama is a bit better this year since they decided that Breaking Bad exists now, but ignoring the breathtaking amount of effort that goes into GoT is a complete slap in the face to so many talented people.

Comedy/Musical is always filled with such safe and un-daring shows. Smash being the most ridiculous, obviously. Generic comedies like Big Bang/Modern Family don't shock me, but it isn't something I'd consider the best of anything. It is all subjective, but you'd expect shows with talented, legit comedians to be on there and there are some glaring omissions.
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I kind of have to question the process if Game of Thrones isnt even nominated, Season 2 was the best season of television ive ever seen.
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These guys don't know who to nominate. Awful list.
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It should have been nominated I agree, but honestly, I thought the 2nd season was a slight step down comparatively from the first (which I imagine was nominated, and if I recall won a lot of stuff). Just because it is a good show on HBO doesn't mean it should rake in the awards every season, as not all seasons of a show are created equal. A lot of the 2nd season was slow boiling with a rather disappointing payoff (mind you, it was still really good, I just don't think self contained that the 2nd season was worthy of a TON of super high praise, it just was solid).
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No Game of Thrones :( who make this list? Pick a name out of the bag?
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clearly people that don´t watch game of thrones :)
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You got that right...... such an amazing show....I cant wait for the return of s3..
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As always, John Noble is missing. But at least the others in that category are all very good. I would remove Buscemi and insert Noble there instead.

As always, Community is missing. I don't think I will ever get that. But what's really hard to get is that Danny Pudi and Donald Glover never get nominated.

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Danny Huston was very very good in "Magic City" - that category should be Huston v. Mandy Patinkan. (or Ron Pearlman "SoA" who wasn't even nominated but why should that be a surprise)

Lena Dunham looks funny but she and her show are nothing more than spoiled rich kids who never grew up.
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I'm giving you a thumbs up just because your name is whedonrules.
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The success of "the news room" is something I really don´t get. It is really bad. Bad acting, messed up stories, non credible characters, non credible relationships, it has it all. The episode about bin laden's death was the worst of them all. And yet, there it is.
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It has a message and a story. The message is delivered brilliantly. The story sucks. If you only care about one of those things, you will either love or hate the show.

I don't think the actors are bad. Jeff Daniels is great. The others are at least OK. If they look bad, it's because their characters are badly written.
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I think the message is shoved down our throats in The Newsroom. I can basically feel Aaron Sorkin just standing behind the camera and repeating the preaching words silently and with spit coming angrily out of his mouth like a pitbull or something.
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you are correct, good actors, bad writting and also bad directing - finally bad result - plus, I am not a big fan of this way of delivering a message - they are supposed to be impartial and searching for the truth... and they come out with a message? Don´t like it.
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Finally, GoT is one of the most boring shows I've ever tried to watch, a bit like the US/Canadian version of Primeval. However great shows to watch for snoozetime.
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Oh no you did NOT just compare GoT to Primeval.
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HAHAHA, no not really, but both makes me sleep.
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I need only write one word to inexorably refute your remarks:

WILDFIRE!
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If GoT is boring I'd hate to see what you think about Boardwalk Empire or Mad Men.
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I laid off Boardwalk Empire halfway through s03e03. Mad Men is a NO, I gave it one episode, but I might get it season by season and have myself a merry merry little marathon for Christmas.
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I gave up on BE halfway through s01e12. I waited about a year, and then started watching again. Then I gave it up again around the same time you did. I just couldn't make myself care about the characters and what was happening to them.

I refused to watch MM for years, because it sounded so boring. But I eventually broke down and watched all the episodes in less than 2 weeks. I think it's good, but not great. The actors are great, but it doesn't have much of a story. You don't even get to know the characters really well. I also think that they aren't great at creating dramatic tension. Big events like a possible hostile takeover of the company are surprisingly non-dramatic in my opinion.

I don't find GoT boring at all. Not even close. I do however think that it suffers from too many characters, too few episodes per season, and occasionally, scenes that only make sense to people who have read the books.
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I'm assuming you're a big fan of Jersey Shore.
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No, no Jersey Shore. This is fun,,,everyone hates me for not liking GoT :)) I really like Mob Wives, it's like a Housewives-show on meth and I've experienced the life first hand. To my defence I LOVE Walking Dead, Fringe, Sliders, the Britsh shows Primeval, Survivors and Outcasts among many. Loooooooove Breaking Bad, Person Of Interest etc etc
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Well then I'm going to instead assume that you've never actually watched a proper full episode of GoT. It seems right up your alley for liking shows like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead. Very character based and lots of twists.

Watch a full episode.
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GoT Boring? Boring!? Boring???? Ha!
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You know what I haven't had in awhile? Big League Chew.
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