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‘The Walking Dead,’ Kyra Sedgwick among Golden Globe nominees with Atlanta ties

The-Walking-Dead-on-AMC-00The Golden Globes are relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of awards. But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made it relevant over the years, turning it into a leading indicator for Oscar nominations and a grand party for the participants.

The TV categories aren’t given nearly as much weight as those in film. TV viewers don’t seem swayed by awards the way film viewers are. (Just look at the Emmys.)

Still, it’s always nice to be recognized in Hollywood. AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” shot in Atlanta, was given a surprise spot among top TV dramas with more obvious picks “Mad Men” (also on AMC), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) and “Dexter” (Showtime”).

The zombie drama, which just concluded earlier this month after a brief six-episode first-season fun,  is riding a wave of great critical acclaim and huge ratings.

Kyra Sedgwick, who just announced she is closing “The Closer” on Atlanta’s TNT after the seventh season in 2011, was nominated for the sixth consecutive year as best actress in a drama. She has yet to win that award, though she won the Emmy for the first time this past fall.  She is up against favorite Julianna  Margulies (”The Good Wife”), Katey Segal (”Sons of Anarchy”), Piper Perabo (”Covert Affairs”) and Elisabeth Moss (”Mad Men”).

In other TV categories, top actor in a drama include Steve Buscemi (”Boardwalk Empire”), Bryan Cranston (”Breaking Bad”), Michael C. Hall (”Dexter”), Jon Hamm (”Mad Men”) and Hugh Laurie (”House”).

And top comedy/musical series features “Modern Family” (ABC), “The Big C” (Showtime), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Glee” (Fox) and “Nurse Jackie (Showtime).

For all the categories, including film, check the Golden Globes site.

5 comments Add your comment

Inman Park Boy

December 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

I was amazed at how much I enjoyed “Walking Dead.” Just goes to show how good writing and solid even trumps “gross.” Can’t wait for season two. Bring out your undead!

6 Figure Newtons

December 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

I went into “The Walking Dead” not really expecting much but I too was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It should be interesting to see where they go with it in season 2. However, I’m not sure there’s enough stuff to do/explore to go much beyond the second season.

Deke

December 15th, 2010
7:41 am

I’m with the first two to comment. ‘The Walking Dead’ isn’t the kind of show I’d normally tune into, but I bought into the hype, and gave it a shot. I found myself enthralled with it, and cannot wait for Season 2 to start.

The Walking Fred

December 16th, 2010
10:02 am

The zombies on “T W D” who walk the streets of Downtown Atlanta on that show are not an accurate representation of our local demographic breakdown according to the latest U.S. Census figures, as there is an unbelievable & unrealistic amount of diversity in those portrayed for our city.

Otherwise, I love that show!

Mike

December 16th, 2010
10:24 am

Is Kyra Sedgwick considered to have “Atlanta ties” because TNT is based here, or because her character is from here?

And does anyone in Atlanta really talk like that? She’s over-the-top compared to Jan Hooks, who was told her Decatur accent wasn’t believable when she auditioned for “Designing Women.”