By Amy Dawes With so many highly anticipated movies crowding into the spotlight during the final weeks of the year, it's easy to forget that the Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 16 — the first major award show of the season — hands out television kudos as well. And since the telecast reaches 150 countries — and tends to generate a larger worldwide audience than the Emmy broadcast in September — a best series nomination can generate a significant publicity boost, particularly for those newly minted programs the Globes are first to recognize. Among this year's wet-behind-the-ears best series nominees are "Boardwalk Empire," which premiered on HBO in September, Showtime's Laura Linney-starring "The Big C" and AMC's "The Walking Dead," a ratings juggernaut about a zombie apocalypse that has aired just six episodes since its Halloween premiere. Here's a rundown of the best series nominees with an assessment from Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara. Left to right: "Walking Dead," credit: AMC; Steve Buscemi, credit: HBO; Laura Linney, credit: Showtime.