Starz’s historical drama “Outlander,” is expected to start its second season this spring. “Narcos,” Netflix’s take on Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, debuted in late August. USA’s techy thriller “Mr. Robot” premiered in May. And even though it’s hard to believe, “Empire” — already in its whirlwind second season — joined Fox’s lineup in January of this year.
This year’s nominees have all received their fair share of critical acclaim, but they’re not what you typically see in the best drama category. Last year’s nomination (and eventual win) by newcomer “The Affair” was somewhat unexpected, but the show — about an extramarital affair, told from multiple viewpoints — still seemed to fit the best drama mold. And with longtime favorite “Breaking Bad” out of the picture, there was room for new blood. Now the Globes voters have found so many new favorites that “The Affair” won’t get a chance to defend its victory, even after its superlative second season.