- - Thursday, December 15, 2011

Globes swoon over cable, snub networks

The Golden Globes admire broadcast network comedies but the respect is absent when it comes to drama.

FX’s “American Horror Story,” Showtime’s “Homeland” and three other cable entries hogged the best drama series nominations announced Thursday, with broadcast shut out.

The other nominees in the category for next month’s awards are HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” and Starz’ “Boss.”

When “Boardwalk Empire” claimed the Golden Globe last season for best drama series, one network entry did have a shot, CBS’ “The Good Wife.” But it failed to make the cut this time and with its exclusion went any broadcast recognition.

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Broadcasters have long complained that the unfettered world of cable allows room for shows that can be edgier and more adult — meaning iterations that are sexier, more violent and sometimes just plain freaky — than programs carried on the public airwaves and subject to regulation. In other words, cable channels bring guns to what traditionally was a knife fight.

The Globes aren’t alone in putting cable dramas on a pedestal: This year’s Emmy nominations made “The Good Wife” the sole broadcast nominee. That networks end up airing awards ceremonies that honor and give free promotion to their cable competitors is another source of broadcaster discontent.

It’s tough to join in their pity party when, too often, they throw in the towel with formulaic crime dramas and don’t even attempt creativity within network boundaries. Ultimately, of course, they can claim to be winners, pulling in bigger audiences and revenue than niche cable.

Networks fared better in the comedy or musical series category, with nods going to last year’s winner, Fox’s “Glee,” along with newcomer “New Girl,” also on Fox, and ABC’s “Modern Family.” For “Glee,” the nomination could be a salve for a ratings drop-off in season three.

Cable series with nominations include HBO’s “Enlightened” and Showtime’s “Episodes.”

Spelling chronicles downsize on HGTV

Granted, it’s a problem that maybe 1 percent of Americans could ever face: a 30-day deadline to move out of a 56,500-square-foot home after two decades of filling it with “stuff,” as owner Candy Spelling puts it.

The widow of TV producer Aaron Spelling (“Dynasty,” “Charlie’s Angels” and scads more shows) takes on the task with such can-do spirit that it’s easy to admire her, if not quite sympathize with her.

The process, involving 30 moving vans and meticulous planning by the uber-organized Mrs. Spelling, is detailed in HGTV’s two-part “Selling Spelling Manor,” which debuts 9 p.m. Thursday. The second episode airs 4 p.m. Jan. 2.

“I took my attachment and separated myself from it,” Mrs. Spelling said. “I couldn’t get emotional about everything I was packing.”

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