NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox's "Glee," last year's Golden Globe winner for best comedy or musical, led the way this time around with five nominations and a chance to sweep the Globes' major television categories.
"Glee" has the opportunity to repeat as best series. In fact, all the TV series and actors who picked up trophies at the Golden Globes ceremony last winter have a chance to do so again in a largely predictable set of nominations announced in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday.
Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele of "Glee' earned best actor nominations in the musical or comedy category. Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch of the series have supporting nominations.
Another sophomore series that is growing in popularity, ABC's "Modern Family" -- which shows the diversity of contemporary American family life -- was among eight programs to earn three nominations apiece. But that was relatively modest compared to the Emmy Awards, where five of the show's actors were nominated in supporting roles. The Globes named only Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara as supporting actor nominees.
The tiny AMC network beat all its rivals with two nominations for best drama series: "Mad Men," which has won this category three years in a row; and this year's zombie sensation, "The Walking Dead." Other top drama nominees were Showtime's "Dexter," HBO's new "Boardwalk Empire" and CBS' "The Good Wife."
Besides "Glee" and "Modern Family," best comedy nominees included "The Big C" and "Nurse Jackie" from Showtime, NBC's "30 Rock" and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory."
Two actors in their final years with series -- Steve Carell on NBC's "The Office" and Kyra Sedgwick of TNT's "The Closer" -- both received Golden Globe nominations.
HBO's "Temple Grandin" and Starz's "Pillars of the Earth" were the most honored productions in the miniseries or movie category, with three nominations each. They are nominated for best movie or miniseries, along with HBO's "The Pacific" and "You Don't Know Jack," and "Carlos" from the Sundance Channel.
Al Pacino, Judi Dench, Dennis Quaid, Claire Danes, Ian McShane and Jennifer Love Hewitt are among the well-known actors with Golden Globes nominations for movies or miniseries.