Talking Tuesday to the Associated Press on the TV program’s south London set, Mr. West said he had worried about how the program would be received, noting the tough competition it faced from “great” American dramas like “Mad Men.”
“The Hour” has been nominated for three Globes in all; best miniseries or movie, Mr. West for the actor category and co-star Romola Garai for best actress.
Mr. West plays blustery anchorman Hector Madden, while fellow Brits Miss Garai and Ben Whishaw round out the love triangle that is taking place behind the scenes of an hour-long British news TV program.
Mr. West said the news of the Globe nominations, which came at the start of shooting for six new episodes in the second season, has put a spring into the step of the cast and crew.
“It’s always nice to know that what you’re doing is actually being watched and appreciated by people,” he said. “Especially when audience figures aren’t so big. And in England, we were on over the summer holidays, so I wasn’t ever sure if anyone saw it.”
The Golden Globes ceremony is being held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
HBO renews ‘Enlightened,’ axes three other series
HBO is renewing its Golden Globes-nominated freshman series “Enlightened,” but is axing three other series.
According to the Associated Press, “Hung” and “Bored to Death” will not return for a fourth season, nor will “How to Make it in America” be back for a third cycle, the network said Tuesday.
“Enlightened,” which ended its first season earlier this month, last week earned a Golden Globe nomination for best comedy or musical series, as well as a nomination for its star, Laura Dern. On the show, Miss Dern plays an unstable career woman who wants to be a social activist.
HBO will premiere six new series in 2012. They include “Luck,” an untitled drama series created by Aaron Sorkin, “Veep,” “Girls,” “Life’s Too Short” and “Angry Boys,” which debuts on New Year’s Day.
New game show hitting streets of New York
The music-based Fuse network is branching out into comedy with a game show filmed on New York City sidewalks. Think “Cash Cab” without the cab, and with some New York attitude.
“Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street” features comic Billy Eichner, who has made a popular series of videos with sassy street encounters. The series, which premieres at 11 p.m. Thursday, is the third television production launched by the comic website Funny or Die.
Mr. Eichner stalks the sidewalks to find people willing to answer music and celebrity-based questions for money. Not a lot of money, mind you. One woman was insulted when Mr. Eichner counted out single dollar bills as part of her winnings.