Golden Globes: More New Contenders Cause Increased Voting Issues

Variety | 11/22/2019 | Danielle Turchiano
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Last year, the amount of original scripted television series hit an all-time high at just under 500. This year the number is on track to top out well above that, with 154 of those shows being brand new launches for the calendar year (in a combination of ongoing series and limited events). And the kicker is that 94 of those freshmen premiered June 1 or later, making them first-time awards contenders at the 77th Annual Golden Globes.

Despite such a high volume, it should be good news for them because, as Gold Derby’s Chris Beachum puts it, historically “Globes will abandon things that won last year to get the new stuff in.”

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“The increased volume is great for the television business and is very exciting for actors and creative people, but it jeopardizes some good shows from being recognized, especially if episodes and talent haven’t been aggressively channeled to the HFPA in the past months,” says Richard Licata of Licata & Co. “The HFPA has to shift their focus after Labor Day to the feature film world, so that cuts down even more laser-focus on the new shows that are emerging.”

Most notably, there are a handful of dramatic players from Apple’s highly anticipated new streaming service, Apple TV Plus, grabbing the spotlight in this category. These include the timely Jennifer Aniston/Reese Witherspoon-starrer “The Morning Show”; Ronald D. Moore’s alternate history space exploration series “For All Mankind”; the Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard-led futuristic series “See”; and “Servant,” a psychological thriller/family drama from executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan. Additional new contenders include Facebook Watch’s “Limetown” adaptation, starring Jessica Biel, and both Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” adaptation and Zendaya’s teen drug drama “Euphoria” from HBO.

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“The awards process is changing along with the industry. The streaming services and the premium television networks have an...
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