Yay, "True Blood." HBO's vampire drama was, believe it or not, the only new series from last fall honored at Sunday's Golden Globes.
Of course, a show has to be nominated to win, and on that score, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. pretty much ignored the networks' latest offerings in this strike-impacted season. Not even ABC's "Life on Mars," based on the type of bracing BBC series Globe voters usually adore, could catch a break. So the Globes' ultimate TV choices this time around had a "been there, seen that" quality not typical of an award show that usually helps at least one tyro series start building a case for Emmy love come September.
AMC's "Mad Men" repeated as best drama. "30 Rock" already has its Emmy laurels, so Sunday's Globe for best comedy was superfluous. And the slew of prizes for HBO's costume epic "John Adams" surprised absolutely no one, with the possible exception of the producers of "Recount."
Paquin stars as surprise victor
Anna Paquin's win as the telepath Sookie Stackhouse in "True Blood" therefore stood out. She wasn't a shoo-in (although two of her competitors, Kyra Sedgwick and Mariska Hargitay, have already won Globes for their roles), and the series itself has earned mixed critical reaction and so-so ratings.