Could Dark Horses Like Duchovny & 'In Treatment' Keep '30 Rock' & 'Mad Men' From a Golden Globe Sweep?

Jonhamm A week from today, we'll all be buzzing about the previous night's Golden Globe Award winners... who had the best speech, the best dress, and more importantly, who was the most deserving. While I don't personally know any of the 80 plus voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, I'm still hearing rumors about which television stars and which shows are virtual shoe-ins for a win. And though the HFPA is generally known to honor more cutting edge and hip recipients than the Emmy voters, many people are saying Mad Men and 30 Rock will take home the top TV prizes, just as they did at the Emmys a few months back.

As an adoring fan of both Mad Men and 30 Rock, I would never argue that these two series don't deserve Globe statues, but taking a closer look at all the very qualified candidates, I'm actually hoping it's not a clean sweep.

Davidduchovny_2 For example, while the buzz is that 30 Rock and its lead actors Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin will be victorious, I wouldn't mind seeing David Duchovny win the best actor in a comedy category for a second year in a row. Completely carrying Californication as the oversexed, emotionally messed-up Hank Moody, Duchovny plays the part pitch perfectly, mixing his comedy with drama and switching gears from one to the other seamlessly.

And while word is that Mad Men and its shining star Jon Hamm have the lead in the drama category, I feel compelled to plead a case for the cast of In Treatment. Though few people watched the HBO series last year, those who did were captivated by the performances of Globe nominees Gabriel Byrne, Blair Underwood and Dianne Wiest.

Gabrielbyrne Byrne  -- playing a psychotherapist treating a different patient each day of the week (including Underwood's Alex), who is then shrunk every Friday by his own analyst (Wiest) -- was phenomenal, portraying a man at mid-life trying desperately to help his clients work through their angst and conflict, all the while struggling with his own personal strife.

Wiest -- completely embodying the role of the therapist's therapist -- should win the Globe if only for her performance in one particular scene where her character is pushed to break professional boundaries during a session, defending her own life choices and describing her heart breaking love for her deceased husband.

Blairunderwood And Underwood -- playing a navy fighter pilot reeling from a recent heart attack and traumatized by a military mission in which he was responsible for killing several civilians -- revealed great range, depicting a man who was outwardly strong, arrogant and controlling, yet inwardly resentful, weak-minded and painfully vulnerable. Suffering deep emotional wounds, most of which sprang from a tumultuous relationship with his father (Glynn Turman), the weekly examination and slow dissection of the character's psyche was really fascinating.

Just after nominations were announced last month, I spoke with Underwood who said he really wasn't expecting In Treatment to garner all this awards acclaim, given that it took on such an unorthodox, experimental type of format. But with five nods in the major categories (co-star Melissa George is also up for best supporting actress) and Weist and Turman winning Emmys in September, In Treatment is clearly deserving of at least a couple Globe wins.

Michaelchall Of course, these are simply my opinions and I can see strong arguments also being made for Showtime's addictive drama series Dexter and it's very talented star Michael C. Hall, who expertly manages to make a serial killer sympathetic.

So what do you think? Will Mad Men and 30 Rock deservingly walk away with most of the wins this Sunday? Or will a few brilliant contenders with a bit less buzz get lucky? And regardless of what will go down, what and whom do you wish to see walking away victorious? A full list of the TV nominees is below to ease your decision-making process...

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Best Television Series - Drama

Dexter

House

In Treatment

Mad Men

True Blood

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama

Sally Field -- Brothers & Sisters

Mariska Hargitay -- Law & Order

January Jones -- Mad Men

Anna Paquin -- True Blood

Kyra Sedgwick -- The Closer

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama

Gabriel Byrne -- In Treatment

Michael C. Hall -- Dexter

Jon Hamm -- Mad Men

Hugh Laurie -- House

Jonathan Rhys Meyers -- The Tudors

Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy

30 Rock

Californication

Entourage

The Office

Weeds

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy

Christina Applegate -- Samantha Who

America Ferrera -- Ugly Betty

Tina Fey -- 30 Rock

Debra Messing -- The Starter Wife

Mary-Louise Parker -- Weeds

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy

Alec Baldwin -- 30 Rock

Steve Carell -- The Office

Kevin Connolly -- Entourage

David Duchovny -- Californication

Tony Shalhoub -- Monk

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Eileen Atkins -- Cranford

Laura Dern -- Recount

Melissa George -- In Treatment

Rachel Griffiths -- Brothers & Sisters

Dianne Wiest -- In Treatment

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Neil Patrick Harris -- How I Met Your Mother

Denis Leary -- Recount

Jeremy Piven -- Entourage

Blair Underwood -- In Treatment

Tom Wilkinson -- John Adams

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