NEW YORK -- HBO led all television networks with nine Golden Globe nominations on Thursday while Netflix, which didn't exist as an original programming source until February, snagged six nominations -- more than stalwarts ABC, CBS and NBC.
Starz and Showtime also had six nominations each.
The Golden Globes set up a potential victory lap for the well-regarded final season of "Breaking Bad," which was nominated for best drama series and earned Bryan Cranston a nod for best actor. After sweeping the drama awards earlier this year, Showtime's "Homeland" was shut out for the major awards.
High-profile actors in HBO movies about music figures earned some notice from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were both nominated for best TV movie actor for their roles in "Behind the Candelabra," and Rob Lowe had a supporting actor nod. Al Pacino earned an acting nomination for playing music producer Phil Spector in an HBO film.
Netflix's political series "House of Cards" earned a nomination for best TV drama, while Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright were nominated for their acting in the series. With the release of its inaugural season in February, "House of Cards" represented Netflix's first foray into TV programming.
Another Netflix series, "Orange is the New Black," earned Taylor Schilling a nomination for best drama actress. Finally, Jason Bateman earned a comedy nomination for the Netflix remake of "Arrested Development."
Starz often finds its original programming overlooked, but broke through this year with its films "Dancing on the Edge" and "White Queen."
Don Cheadle of "House of Lies" will try for a second straight Golden Globe as a TV comedy actor, competing with Bateman, Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" and Andy Samberg of "Brooklyn Nine Nine." Sentimental favorite Michael J. Fox, whose NBC show hasn't been doing well in the ratings, earned an acting nomination for his work.
The best showing for the commercial broadcast networks, which were completely shut out of the awards given out earlier this year, came in the best comedy category. There, CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," ABC's "Modern Family," NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and Fox's "Brooklyn Nine Nine" will compete with last year's winner, HBO's "Girls."
Zooey Deschanel of Fox's "New Girl" was nominated for best actor in a comedy, along with last year's winner, Lena Dunham of "Girls." Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie," Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep" were also nominated, along with Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation," who is co-hosting the Golden Globes with Tina Fey.
PBS' "Downton Abbey" joins "Breaking Bad" and "House of Cards" as best drama nominees, along with CBS' "The Good Wife" and Showtime's new "Masters of Sex."
Cranston and Spacey will compete for best drama actor with James Spader, whose NBC series "The Blacklist" has been a hit in its rookie season. Michael Sheen of "Masters of Sex" and Live Schreiber of "Ray Donovan" also earned acting nods.
The best drama actress category sets up a competition between two big network shows -- Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife" and Kerry Washington of "Scandal" -- with the Netflix stars Schilling and Wright, and Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black."