Every year brings a new batch of Golden Globe nominees aiming to take home the gold for their work in 2017 TV, and this year's announcements brought in a new round of hopefuls, with arguably the biggest surprises unexpectedly coming in the Comedy categories, as opposed to taking over Drama. Perhaps it's no surprise, though, that the highly lauded return of Will & Grace can be considered a big winner this year, though it's not alone. Check out that show's achievements and some notable Best Comedy surprises below.
Will & Grace May Win For The First Time
Fans of the former Must See TV sitcom Will & Grace have been pumped to find that this much ballyhooed revival wasn't just a straight cash grab from the network and creators. Will & Grace's return feels both timeless while at the same time remarking on some very timely issues in the world, and it's definitely easy to understand why the HFPA rewarded the show and lead actor Eric McCormack with nominations, although there was some shock that all the other main actors were ignored. Most surprising of all? If it wins for either category, it'll be Will & Grace's first Golden Globe win after 27 nominations.
Veep Got Shut Out
Since first entering our lives in 2012, HBO's political hellscape Veep has been a regular part of the Golden Globe Awards nomination process, but apparently the voters had enough whenever Selina Meyer left the White House entirely in Season 6. Not only did Veep get shut out of the Best Comedy category for the first time, but star Julia Louis-Dreyfus also got left out for the first time. (On the Emmy side, the actress has taken home the gold every year since the show began.) Even worse, Louis-Dreyfus is currently battling breast cancer going into the show's final season, making this snub feel all the worse. But at least others have a better shot now.
Black-ish Is Network TV's Only Survivor
It took just about zero time for the paradigm shift to flip from network TV series to cable and streaming shows in the world of awards ceremonies, and it's now almost shocking whenever broadcast shows actually are eligible to win things. Will & Grace's aforementioned nominations are something of an outlier, given its former fame and revival status, but black-ish is the only network TV veteran that made the cut this year. Thankfully for all involved, the Golden Globes gave it the nod for not just Best Comedy, but also for Best Actor, with Anthony Anderson earning his second nomination in as many years.
SMILF And Mrs. Maisel Win Big
While Will & Grace's revival nominations are great, they were also fairly expected. The biggest surprise entries in this year's comedy categories came courtesy of Showtime's SMILF and Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. SMILF, which was already renewed for Season 2, landed the nom for Best Comedy, with creator and star Frankie Shaw also getting nominated as Best Actress. Meanwhile, Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's new show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel capitalized on its winning word of mouth by getting a nomination for Best Comedy, with star Rachel Brosnahan also getting recognized for her work. Comedy's Best Actress race is possibly the strongest its been in years, and is all the more unpredictable without Julia Louis-Dreyfus involved.
Be sure to check out all the big film nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes, as well as the big surprises therein, and tune into NBC for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards when they air on Sunday, January 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see all the other big shows coming soon, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.