Let’s get some surprises out of the way first, because there were some huge ones.
NBC’s fan favorite The Good Place was finally honored for best comedy series. Sacha Baron Cohen unexpectedly crashed the best actor in a comedy category for Showtime’s political prank series Who Is America? The excellent BBC/Netflix thriller The Bodyguard got a best drama nod. And Candice Bergan was nominated for CBS’ (presumed canceled) Murphy Brown reboot. With the exception of critics hoping for a Good Place honor, nobody saw these coming.
We’ll have more of those in a moment. Here are some of the first-round snubs:
Atlanta (FX): The second season of the innovative rap scene comedy, despite being an Emmy favorite, was surprisingly shut out of the comedy series category (though star Donald Glover was nominated). Also snubbed was another Emmy darling, the ’80s wrestling dramedy GLOW (Netflix) (though actress Alison Brie was nominated). But there was an upside: The Good Place (NBC) finally broke into this category with its first Globes comedy series nomination, and star Kristen Bell was nominated for lead actress in a comedy too.
Maniac (Netflix): Many thought the psychological dark comedy-drama was brilliant and unlike anything else on TV this year, so it was expected to get a nom in the movie-limited series category — yet it was squeezed out (star Emma Stone was also snubbed).
Patrick Melrose (HBO) likewise was skipped in the series limited series category, though that’s more understandable given the project’s somewhat lackluster reaction — all the praise was around the performance of star Benedict Cumberbatch, who was of course nominated.
Ted Danson. While The Good Place received nominations for best comedy series and an actress nod for Kristen Bell, Danson, who was considered the most likely nom of the three, was left out. Blame Sacha Baron Cohen?