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NBC back in the hunt for Golden Globe awards; HBO, FX lead nominations

After being shut out of Golden Globe nominations a year ago, Comcast Corp.'s NBC (US) has a chance to take home a pair of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s highest TV honors next month.

NBC, which will televise the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony Jan. 8, earned a nomination for best television drama series for freshman entry "This Is Us." The multi-generational family show will compete with a pair of new entries from Netflix Inc., "The Crown" and "Stranger Things," and two from HBO / Cinemax (US), rookie skein "Westworld" and "Game of Thrones," the premium network's all-time most-watched program.

NBC's "This Is Us" is also represented in the best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television category, with Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz in the hunt. They will compete with Olivia Colman in AMC (US)'s "The Night Manager," Lena Headey in "Game of Thrones" and Thandie Newton in "Westworld."

FX Network (US)'s "Atlanta," ABC (US)'s "Blackish," Amazon.com Inc. Prime Video's "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Transparent," and HBO's "Veep" garnered nominations as the best comedy or musical series. "Mozart in the Jungle" took home the Globe last year.

All told, HBO set the pace with 14 nominations led by three apiece for "Westworld" and "The Night Of," while FX placed second with nine nominations, topped by five for limited series, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."

ABC was the leading broadcast network with five nominations, collecting three for "Blackish" (Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are contenders for best performance by an actor and actress in a musical or comedy).

Matching ABC's nomination haul was AMC (highlighted by four nominations for "The Night Manager"), Netflix (with three for "The Crown") and Amazon (with two apiece for "Transparent," which won the comedy/musical series Globe in 2015, and "Mozart in the Jungle"). Premium network Starz was next with three nominations: Caitriona Balfe as the best actress in a drama for "Outlander"; Riley Keough for best performance by an actress in a limited series or telefilm for "The Girlfriend Experience"; and "The Dresser" as the best limited series or telefilm.

The CW netted a pair of nods – best actress nominations in the musical or comedy arena for Rachel Bloom and Gina Rodriguez, who won Globes for the network in past years for their respective lead roles in "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Jane The Virgin." Fellow broadcasters FOX (US) and CBS (US) did not earn any Globe nominations this time around.

USA (US) also grabbed a pair of Globe nods for "Mr. Robot," which won best drama series last year. Christian Slater will have the chance to defend his Globe for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or telefilm. Rami Malek, who won the Emmy for his turn as the socially challenged Elliot Anderson in the hacker series, will look to add a Globe to his mantle as best drama actor.

BBC America, EPIX and Showtime each scored one Globe nod.

Check out the full list of Golden Globe nominees for TV and film here.