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If the Golden Globes earned their spurs as a bellwether for the Oscars, thanks to the vagaries of the calendar, the relationship between the January ceremony and TV has potentially become equally intriguing.

While the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. hasn’t been quite so reliably on the same page as the Motion Picture Academy in recent years, the ability of Globes voters to weigh in on new programs eight months in advance of the Emmys has allowed them to pounce more quickly — in a “what’s hot?” manner well suited to our caffeinated culture — on series, which are especially eager for such validation.

Granted, part of that has to do with a tendency within the HFPA — despite its reputation for skewing older than just about any group except perhaps the Fox News audience — to be drawn to that which is shiny and new.

In the past 11 years, the Globes have »

- Brian Lowry

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