How do you really feel about the Golden Globes, Peter Tolan?
The Rescue Me co-creator and executive producer didn't mince any words when the topic of awards came up during his moderation of Wednesday's Hollywood Radio and Television Society's annual showrunner panel, as he called the Hollywood Foreign Press Association "just a group of whores from other countries."
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"I'm not prone to hyperbole, but the Foreign Press really is a bunch of whores," he said. "They can be bought. ... It's really an excuse to go out with people who don't speak English that well and maybe win a trinket. [A Golden Globe] means s---. F--- the Globes."
Since Rescue Me's 2004 debut, the critically acclaimed FX drama has earned only one Golden Globe nomination — drama actor for star and co-creator Denis Leary in 2005.
Tolan, a former member of the TV Academy's Board of Governors, also fired shots at voting procedures for the Emmys, calling it a "deeply flawed" system. "Frankly, I feel the TV critics should take over the process," he said. "It's their job to watch this stuff."
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Though Rescue Me has received multiple Emmy nominations — including two for Tolan — the show has only won once, when Michael J. Fox was named guest actor in a drama series last year. The show has never been nominated for best drama series.
Fellow FX showrunner Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) — who has made no secret of his disdain for the TV academy after the motorcycle drama and his wife Katey Sagal were snubbed this year — echoed Tolan's sentiments at the panel.
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"We got a [Television Critics Association] nom, and frankly, that carries a lot more weight," he said.
Golden Globe nominations are announced Tuesday.
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