Golden Globes 2017: Was ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Speechless,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ or ‘Insecure’ top comedy snub?
Earlier today, we did our in-depth analysis of the five contenders up for Outstanding Comedy Series for the 2017 Golden Globes. Now, we’re back to flip things around with another perspective as the five shows that were unfortunately left out. There was obviously no way to include all of them, but they were fully deserving and this shows more than ever the difficulties of standing out within the Peak TV era. In particular, there are more comedy series than ever before across so many different avenues that it is impossible to watch all of the worthy ones and still have some sort of life.
As we’ve noted in many other articles, these snubs are not so much based on our own preference as they are industry buzz and the past nomination history of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Feel free to vote on who you feel was most left out in the comments, and we’ll be back on January 8 (the morning of the awards) to share the reader picks for winners and top snubs.
“The Good Place” (NBC) – This is in theory everything that the HFPA association loves, a smart, innovative new comedy with well-known cast members and a producer in Mike Schur who they’ve loved many times over. Yet, despite good reviews, someone put “The Good Place” in the bad place for at least the time of voting.
“Insecure” (HBO) – Typically, the HFPA also loves innovative shows that air on premium cable; therefore, this one also has to be considered a notable snub, and it’s one that does personal hurt because we feel like it’s one of the funniest shows of the year. (As we said, though, that’s not why we’re including it.)
“Modern Family” (ABC) – While it doesn’t have the same aura it once did, there is a part of us that continues to feel like every awards show will continue to nominate it until the end of time. Therefore, it has to be considered notable when it is not on a list.
“Silicon Valley” (HBO) – It is coming off of winning the Critics’ Choice Award in this same category, so the fact that it wasn’t even nominated here shows both the parity of comedies right now and the sheer number of them that are airing.
“Speechless” (ABC) – While the subject of many glowing reviews and praise from its viewership, “Speechless” probably is left out solely because it probably doesn’t stand out from the family-comedy mold unless you pay attention. While we think that the Globes are better at doing that than other award-shows out there, they clearly didn’t have the nuance to pick up on everything that this comedy was doing.
Now, we turn this over to you! Be sure to head over here to get some other news right now on the Golden Globes and some of the nominees and snubs. (Photo: Golden Globes.)