Coming halfway through the TV season, the Golden Globes get a chance to be the first awards to honor new shows. This year the freshman hits "Glee" and "Modern Family" contend for comedy series. And with "Glee" stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele landing lead nods and Jane Lynch competing in the catch-all supporting category, the Fox comedy tops all TV shows with four nominations.
Besides Morrison, the other newcomer in the lead actor comedy race is "Hung" star Thomas Jane. (Though that HBO hit did not land a series nod, supporting player Jane Adams did get recognized.) They compete against three past winners of this award -- two-time champ Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock," 2007, 2009), David Duchovny ("Californication," 2008) and Steve Carell ("The Office," 2006)
Reigning two-time champ Tina Fey ("30 Rock") is the only veteran in the lead actress in a comedy series race. Besides Michele ("Glee"), the other new series nominees are Toni Collette ("United States of Tara"), Courteney Cox ("Cougar Town") and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie").
The drama series contenders are all returning nominees -- including "Mad Men" which hopes for a three-peat -- as are all the lead performer nominees with one exception -- Julianna Margulies, star of the new hit drama "The Good Wife." Among her competition for lead actress is Anna Paquin, who won this award last year for the first season of "True Blood."
As with the Emmy Awards, HBO dominates the Golden Globe nominations, leading with 17 bids for various projects. Indeed, the paycaster has at least one nominee in 10 of the 11 TV categories with the one exception being lead actress in a comedy series. For the full list of nominees, click here.
Photo: "Glee" cast (Fox)