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Inside track: TV comedy races at the Golden Globes

December 10, 2009 |  9:14 am

Obviously, you've already been impressed and dazzled by our handicapping of the Golden Globe races for best drama series. Below — our take on who'll score nominations for best comedy series and lead actor and actress next Tuesday morning when bids are announced.

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** = Won last year

* = Nominated last year

BEST COMEDY SERIES
FRONT-RUNNERS
"The Big Bang Theory"
** "30 Rock"
"Modern Family"
"Glee"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Family Guy"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"Hung"
* "Californication"
"Entourage"
* "The Office"
"Nurse Jackie"
* "Weeds"

SPOTLIGHT: Since voters love musicals and the hot new thing, expect "Glee" to break in. Voters usually shun cartoons, but "The Simpsons" was nominated in 2003. Can "Family Guy" sneak in like it did recently at the Emmys?

POSSIBLE
"Bored to Death"
"Eastbound & Down"
"Flight of the Conchords"
"Cougar Town"
"United States of Tara"
"Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
"Parks and Recreation"

BEST COMEDY ACTOR
FRONT-RUNNERS
** Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
* Steve Carrell, "The Office"
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
* David Duchovny, "Californication"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

SPOTLIGHT: Oscarcast co-host Alec Baldwin may dominate the Globes, becoming the fifth star -- after Joan Plowright, Sigourney Weaver, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet -- to win two awards in one year. Plowright and Mirren split their victories between film and TV; Baldwin is up for "It's Complicated" and "30 Rock." He won for "30 Rock" last year.

POSSIBLE
Jemaine Clement, "Flight of the Conchords"
* Kevin Connelly, "Entourage"
Matthew Morrison, "Glee"
Neil Flynn, "The Middle"
Jason Schwartzman, "Bored to Death"
* Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Danny McBride, "Eastbound & Down"
Joel McHale, "Community"


BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
FRONT-RUNNERS
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Courtney Cox Arquette, "Cougar Town"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
** Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
Lea Michele, "Glee"
* Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

SPOTLIGHT: Poor Courtney Cox Arquette was never nominated at the Globes or Emmys for "Friends," but Globe voters will notice her in "Cougar Town." Thirty seven out of the 83 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. are women, ahem, of a certain age -- and older.

POSSIBLE
Brooke Elliott, "Drop Dead Diva"
* America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Patricia Heaton, "The Middle"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

NOTE: An earlier draft of this article reported that four stars won two Golden Globes in one year, neglecting to cite the fifth, Kate Winslet, who won earlier this year for "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader."

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