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2009 Golden Globes Winners


All the envelopes have been opened and the winners revealed in the 2009 Golden Globes ceremony.

The big winners in the TV categories were broadcaster HBO, which grabbed seven gongs, NBC’s excellent 30 Rock, which won three, and HBO’s acclaimed historical miniseries John Adams (four awards).

Woman-of-the-moment Tina Fey, creator and star of the critically-acclaimed but ratings-shy 30-Rock, saw her show pick up three awards: Best TV Comedy or Musical, Best Actress, for Fey herself, and Best Actor for her co-star Alec Baldwin.

John Adams went one better and grabbed four gongs. It won the Best Miniseries or TV Movie category, while Stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney scooped Best Actor and Best Actress in Miniseries or TV Movie and Tom Wilkinson took home the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie award.

The best Drama series award went to the AMC’s brilliant Mad Men.

Surprise of the night, perhaps, was Anna Paquin winning Best Actress in a Drama for her role in HBO’s Vampire drama True Blood. Gabriel Byrne won Best Actor in a Drama for another HBO show, In Treatment.

Laura Dern was best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie for her memorable role as Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris in HBO TV movie Recount, which told the story of the voting problems in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election and the effect they had on George Bush and Al Gore’s destinies.

Biggest news in the movies category was Kate Winslet, who picked up both the Best Actress in a Drama award, for Revolutionary Road, AND the Best Supporting Actress gong, for The Reader.

Other good news for the Brits was the quadruple success of Slumdog Millionaire, which won Best Drama, and also landed helmer Danny Boyle the Best Director award, scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy the Best Screenplay honour and A R Rahman won Best Score.

As expected, Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting actor award for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Best Actor in A Drama went to comeback king Mickey Rourke, for The Wrestler.

The Full List of winners.

TV AWARDS:

Best Television Series, Drama
Mad Men

 

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical
30 Rock

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Tina Fey
, 30 Rock

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin
, 30 Rock

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
John Adams

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Paul Giamatti
, John Adams

Best Actress, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Linney
, John Adams

Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Tom Wilkinson
, John Adams

Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Laura Dern
, Recount

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Gabriel Byrne
, In Treatment

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Anna Paquin
, True Blood


MOVIE AWARDS:

Best Feature, Drama
Slumdog Millionaire

Director: Motion Picture
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Feature, Comedy
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Screenplay
Simon Beaufoy
, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor in a Drama:
Mickey Rouke,
The Wrestler

Best Actress in a Drama:
Kate Winslet,
Revolutionary Road

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Colin Farrell, In Bruges

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
Sally Hawkins,
Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Kate Winslet
, The Reader

Best Motion Picture, Animated
WALL-E

Best Foreign-Language Film
Waltz With Bashir, Israel

Original Song
“The Wrestler,” The Wrestler; music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

Best Score
A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

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The Show WILL Go On…


So far, we’ve looked at the TV shows that have already been cancelled this season and the ones with their future hanging in the balance.

So to round off our mid-season round-up, here’s some better news for the new year, as we take a look at the TV shows that have a brighter future (at least for now).

Mad Men (AMC): Possibly the finest TV show currently in production, this character-led drama about advertising executives in early-60s new York simply oozes quality. Series creator and main writer Matthew Weiner has said that the show will run for five seasons (network permitting) and cover 10 years in the lives of the characters.

Season two ended its run earlier this year, with ratings that grew from season one (almost doubled, in fact). AMC have ordered a third season – however Weiner reportedly has been playing hardball, looking for a pay rise to reflect the critical and ratings success of the show, and whether he will still be in charge when it returns is somewhat unclear.

Dexter (Showtime): Superior drama, with a vein of dark humour running through it, starring Six Feet Under’s Michael C Hall as a serial killer who works a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police department. Season three recently ended its run and the network has committed to at least two further seasons, of 12 episodes each.

Caprica (SciFi): This prequel to the highly acclaimed Battlestar Galactica re-imagining was in development hell for a long time and looked doomed but the SciFi network in the US has finally given the green light to the show after a pilot episode was made. It’s unlikely to hit our screens until 2010, however.

Billed as more of a family drama than a space opera, Caprica is set 51 years before the Cylon attack that kicked off the Battlestar Galactica story and tells the story of two families (one of them led by the father of future BSG commander William Adama and grandfather 0f Apollo) and their role in the creation of the Cylons.

Survivors (BBC): The remake/re-imagining of the classic 1970s British show – created by Terry Nation (the man who created Blake’s 7– The Cathode Ray Choob’s all-time favourite TV show – and Doctor Who‘s deadliest foes, the Daleks) – about the survivors of a plague that wipes out 99.9% of the human race has been renewed for a second 6-part season.

Burn Notice (USA): This Miami-set tongue-in-cheek drama, about a spy inexplicably cast adrift by his bosses and left to fend for himself, has earned a 16-episode third-season order from the USA network.

Fringe (Fox): The new show from Lost/Alias’s JJ Abrams, about an FBI agent who teams up with a brilliant but mentally unstable and amoral scientist and his estranged son to investigate crimes involving cutting-edge fringe science (concepts that blur the boundary between science fact and science fiction,such as telepathy, levitation, reanimation, genetic mutation), which seem to be part of a wider global conspiracy.

Solid, if unremarkable, viewing figures ensured that the show was picked up for a full 22-episode season order early on in its run.

Sanctuary (SciFi): Endearingly old-fashioned storytelling and cost-cutting use of green-screen technologyto digitally create the locations are the trademarks of this show, which began life as a series of webisodes broadcast over the internet before being picked up by the American SciFi TV network.

Stargate SG1’s Amanda Tapping stars as the enigmatic, long-lived English doctor Helen Magnus, who is in charge of the titular sanctuary that seeks out monsters, freaks and other “abnormals” (some human, some not) to either aid or imprison them depending on how hostile or dangerous they are.

It’s not a flashy or very sophisticated (in terms of writing) show – in many ways it harks back to simpler times when story-telling on TV did not have to be so cynical – but it’s hard to dislike and Tapping’s character makes for a enthralling lead.

SciFi were happy enough with it to order a second 13-episode season.

Life On Mars (ABC): US remake of the acclaimed BBC original about a present day police officer who has an accident and wakes up in the 1970s. After a dismal pilot version (filmed in Los Angeles and set in Chicago), a radical overhaul saw most of the cast replaced (with Harvey Keitel replacing Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt and The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli brought in) and the action (and filming) switched to New York.

The new pilot was a huge improvement. The ongoing series has closely closely followed the plots and story arc of the UK version but with hints that the underlying mythology (and the explanation for Sam Tyler’s time-shift) may be very different to what was ultimately revealed in the BBC show.

The initial 13-episode order has been increased by four and when the show returns from the festive break, it will move from Thursday nights to Wednesdays, paired up with the reinvigorated Lost, which network chiefs at ABC hopes will help boost Life On Mars’ mediocre ratings. If the strategy works, a second season could be on the cards.

True Blood (HBO): Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball reunited with HBO for this series, based on a series of books, about a telepathic waitress (Anna Paquin) who falls in love with a vampire (the show is set in Louisiana in contemporary America, where vampires have come out of closet and co-exist, somewhat uneasily, with humans).

Ratings were very poor to begin with but grew steadily during the 12-episode first season, and the show is now one of HBO’s biggest ratings-grabbers. A second season has been ordered.

Kath & Kim (NBC): Another US remake, this time of the superior Aussie original. It hasn’t been the total disaster you might expect if you are a fan of the Australian show. However, the harder edges of the original have been softened somewhat for the American audience and casting the relatively slim, beautiful Selma Blair as Kim does seem to miss the point of the character somewhat. In any case, ratings, though slightly mediocre, were good enough for NBC to up the order fr the season from the initial  13 episodes to a full 22. Whether the show will return for a second season remains to be seen.

Worst Week (CBS): Yet more US remake-ry, this time of the BBC comedy The Worst Week Of My Life, about an accident-prone groom-to-be. Middling ratings but CBS ordered an extra three episodes (for a total of 16) and this remains a possibility for a second season.

Sons of Anarchy (F/X): Drama about a gang of outlaw bikers, starring Hellboy‘s Ron Perlman. First season has completed its
13-episode run and a second has been ordered.

Samantha Who? (ABC): Somewhat mediocre sitcom starring former Married With Children babe Christina Applegate as a woman who gets hit by a car, loses her memory and discovers that she wasn’t a very nice person before the accident. ABC has ordered an additional seven episodes for season 2, bringing the total to 20.

Californication (Showtime): David Duchovny vehicle about a charming but troubled writer, has been renewed for a third season.

Entourage (HBO): A sixth season has been ordered.

The Mentalist (CBS): Exceptionally high viewing figures for this crime drama – about a former phony psychic who now uses his brilliant powers of observation to help the cops solve crimes – won it an early full-season pick-up and a second season looks certain.

Psych (USA): A fourth season has been ordered of this comedy drama, which is also about a fake psychic who helps the police.

Gary Unmarried (CBS): The new Jay Mohr comedy received an order for an additional seven episodes (plus two further scripts) taking it to at least 20 episodes in total.

My Boys (TBS): Comedy about a female sports writer in Chicago, and the men in her life. Nine-episode third season has been ordered.

Medium (NBC): Season five of the supernatural crime drama, starring Patricia Arquette, gets an extra six episodes, for a total of 19.

Monk (USA): The “dramedy” about an obsessive-compulsive private detective is to get an eighth and final season.

Privileged (CW): Drama about a wannabe journalist who ends up as a tutor for spoilt rich kids. The CW network ordered an extra 5 episodes, bringing season one up to 18 in all.

90210 (CW): The updated follow-up to 90s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 has been a big ratings hit for the CW network, who ordered a full 22-episode season after only three episodes had aired.

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