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The Golden Globe Awards gave a nice howdy-do to three freshmen TV series and planted a big ol’ wet kiss on Fox’s sophomore series “Glee” as it announced nominations Tuesday for its 68th annual trophy show.

Fox’s high school musical – last year’s Golden Globe winner for best comedy or musical series – copped five Globe noms this year. That’s the most of any TV program, and No. 4 in the entire Globe nominations pool, behind only three feature films: “The King’s Speech,” which logged seven nominations, and “The Fighter” and “The Social Network,” with six apiece.

The Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast live on both coasts Jan. 16 on NBC at 8 p.m. EST, is one of few televised trophy shows that showers love over both film and TV programming simultaneously.

But this season’s crop of freshmen TV series was mostly a bust if Tuesday’s Globes nominations are any measure – and they are. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which dispenses the Globe statuettes, is known for many things – among them, its willingness to embrace new TV series much more readily than the hidebound Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which bestows the Primetime Emmy Awards.

This year, the HFPA seemed largely unimpressed with the new crop of TV series. AMC’s zombie-palooza “The Walking Dead,” HBO’s Prohibition-era saga “Boardwalk Empire” and Showtime’s cancer comedy “The Big C” were the three notable exceptions.

“Boardwalk Empire” earned three nominations, including best drama series and an actor nom for lead Steve Buscemi, as well as a supporting actress nom for Kelly Macdonald.

Also collecting a best-drama nomination: “The Walking Dead” – the only nom secured by that campy cult drama. “Boardwalk” and “Walking Dead” will battle Showtime’s “Dexter,” CBS’s “The Good Wife” (earning its first best-drama Globe nom) and last year’s winner: AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Buscemi’s competition for best actor in a drama series includes last year’s winner, Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”). Also new to the list this year is “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who’s been a darling of the Emmys for several years, but whose performance as a meth-cooking, high-school-teaching cancer patient has been strangely overlooked by the HFPA until now.

“Glee” dominates the best comedy/musical TV series derbies, including its second nom for best of the genre, as well as acting noms for leads Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison and supporting cast members Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.

In that best comedy/musical derby, “The Big C” – starring Laura Linney as an uptight suburban wife and mom who decides to “let her freak flag fly” when she receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer – is all that’s new, literally.

“Glee” and “The Big C” will duke it out with NBC’s “30 Rock,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory.”

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