Gina Rodriguez. "Transparent." Yes, those are the TV names to remember from Thursday's Golden Globes announcement, which anointed a new TV star: Gina, to be exact, and comedy, "Transparent." (And is "Transparent" even technically a TV comedy, as opposed to a streaming one on Amazon? Whatever ... )
Also, a third: "The Affair," Showtime's freshman shot mostly on Long Island. With key nominations going to these three, the Globes seems willing, maybe even eager, to shed a sense that established shows and stars are always the ones to whom the spoils go. Of course, there were plenty of them honored as well.
Let's go to the list, and my thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for posting all these so quickly ...
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Ruth Wilson, "The Affair"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
My say: Strong category that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association appears to have gotten right. No obvious snubs on first glance, but on second glance ... Lizzy Caplan or Keri Russell. Best not to glance too closely, right? The surprise -- but only a little one -- has to be Wilson. My hunch is that Davis wins this hands down.
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"
My say: Wondering why Gabby Hoffmann of "Transparent" was left off this short and worthy list. Nothing wrong with anyone here, of course, but Hoffmann instead of (say) Lena Dunham wouldn't have been a major crime ... or even a minor one. She was central to the success of "Transparent," and HFPA likes to sometimes discover breakouts ahead of the Emmys, and they certainly have done so with Rodriguez of "Jane the Virgin." Let's call her the nominee to beat.
Best Performance by an Actor in TV Series, Comedy
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"
My say: No surprises, but one could argue plenty of oversights, too. No one from "Modern Family" or "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (last year's darling) or "Silicon Valley" or ... hey, let's just mention every other good comedy on TV with excellent male leads. There are many. This feels a little safe to me, as if the HFPA just threw up its collective hands up and said, "The heck with it -- let's go with the usual suspects!" Sure, they are good usual suspects, but Tambor will win this so easily that it's almost not even worth the trouble to call out the names next month; just hand the statue to him and be done with it.
Best Comedy Series
"Jane the Virgin"
"Orange Is the New Black"
My say: "Transparent," "Transparent," "Transparent." Your winner. Unless the HFPA comes to the realization that the second season of "OITNB" was superior to the first. Either way, this category's outcome feels a bit historic, in that a streaming sitcom is favored as opposed to a broadcast or cable one.
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series, Drama
Clive Owen, "The Knick"
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
James Spader, "The Blacklist"
Dominic West, "The Affair"
My say: You just know that the HFPA knew by osmosis or reading the trades that its carriage network was infuriated by the exclusion of James Spader from last year's Emmys. No exclusion here. Owen's the surprise, until you actually see him on "The Knick," and realize that if he wasn't on this list, then that would constitute a snub. Smart new addition to this list, as is West.
Best TV Series, Drama
"Game of Thrones"
"The Good Wife"
"House of Cards"
My say: We can of course quibble with this all morning -- no "Mad Men"?! -- which I do believe qualified -- and "The Affair" as opposed to a vastly improved "Homeland"? Where's "The Americans," beloved by so many TV critics? Or "Masters of Sex," which was really snubbed this season? "Wife" will probably win this, anyway.