TV tonight: The Golden Globes, Downton Abbey and True Detective

Golden Globes

By Lisa King

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2014–Tonight dozens of Hollywood’s finest will be on hand to recognize the best in film and TV productions of 2013 on the 71st Golden Globe Awards. Hosting the show will be two of the funniest women in entertainment today, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Fey and Poehler hosted last year’s Golden Globes and their performance was a big part in increasing the number of viewers a whopping 17% from the previous year.

Because of their success last year, it should come as no surprise that the dynamic duo will not only host tonight but have already agreed to host the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Joining Fey and Poehler will be a host of A-listers including Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Fallon, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

Leading the big screen nominations with seven apiece are “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle.” “Nebraska” followed with five and “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” each received four.

Among the leaders in the TV categories are “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “House of Cards” and “Masters of Sex.” But even more telling in the TV categories are the number of big name actors who have found a comfortable home on TV.

Golden Globe TV nominees include Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Jon Voight, Kevin Spacey, Liev Schreiber, Don Cheadle, Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and Jessica Lange.

All of these nominees have proven they can hold an audience in the local Cineplex, so bringing their skills to the small screen is a win-win situation for the TV audience.

We also relish one last opportunity to see the greatest TV series of all time, “Breaking Bad, receive the recognition it deserves.

The Golden Globes airs live tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC.

In sticking with the current fad of hiring A-listers for TV roles, that trend continues tonight when Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey team up for HBO’s newest offering, “True Detective.”

According to a press release:

“In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995.

It sounds like the typical procedural cop show, but the participation of Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey is assurance enough for us that “True Detective” will be anything but typical. This show is definitely worth a close look tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Also back tonight is the delightfully decadent “Shameless” starring yet another A-lister, William H. Macy. Macy plays the drugged out and boozy patriarch of the most dysfunctional clan on TV, the Gallaghers.

Over the past three seasons we’ve observed the morally ambiguous clan in their downward slide, but with Lip in college and Fiona landing a real job complete with health insurance at the beginning of this season, maybe there are good times ahead.

The forth season premiere of “Shameless” airs tonight at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

The second installment of this season’s “Downton Abbey” also airs tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS, making tonight one of the best for TV viewers in quite a while.

And for those few people on the planet who have not seen an episode of the controversial but harmless “Duck Dynasty, A&E is airing yet another marathon of the series starting at 7 p.m. As we all suspected, the only principle that A&E ultimately adheres to is the mighty dollar. What a shock.


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I was born and educated in Southwest Virginia, traveled with my job all over America in my twenties and early thirties then came back to the mountains to raise my daughter. I’ve been employed as everything from a quality control technician in industrial construction, to a mail processing plant manager, to postmaster of a small town. I’ve been to forty nine of the fifty states, as well as many other countries. Traveling will always be a passion I indulge, and something I’ll call upon often in my writing. I come from a long line of story tellers, and will shamelessly exploit a family tree resplendent with colorful and unique characters, both past and present. In short my perspective will reflect the pride and familiarity I have of my Appalachian heritage. My stories will be a reflection of the values I believe we hold dearest here, all embellished with a healthy dose of Southern Appalachian flare.