While the 2016 Golden Globes definitely seem to be taking a step in a new direction this year, there are still some omissions that have me down in the dumps. For example, Broad City was snubbed by the Golden Globes without a single nomination. Why is it not up for writing or acting?
This year, the Globes have embraced a lot of new shows, and definitely the streaming services. Four out of the six Best Comedy Series nominees are streaming and the other two are on HBO. Not only has Broad City been shut out, but network shows in general have been shut out. It's definitely not too edgy, since both Transparent and Orange is the New Black are nominated for Best Comedy Series this year. The nominated content does skew a little older. Perhaps Broad City is too young for voters?
Some of the best comedy is happening on Comedy Central right now thanks to Broad City, Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Another Period, and Drunk History. I have been really impressed with what that network has been doing this year, and besides the SAG Award nod for Key & Peele, they haven't gotten much of the recognition they deserve. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer definitely deserve to be in the HPFA's nominations. They have five Critics Choice Television Awards nominations spread out over the two years that they've been on the air, including this year so that is exciting. Still, it's time to take it to the big leagues.
What's the solution, especially since the comedies and comedic performers that were nominated are equally deserving? Honestly, with the number of platforms that carry quality programming (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, as well as cable and network) increasing at such a rate, I think we need to increase the number of nominees. The Academy Awards sometimes nominate up to 10 films for Best Picture now, and I think that the television categories should follow suit.