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POSTED January 15, 2012 10:57 p.m.

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — The names were familiar: Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Claire Danes, Laura Dern and Jessica Lange. The television work for which they were honored by the Golden Globes Sunday night wasn't.

They are actors largely known for their work in film or in shows on commercial broadcast networks. Each took Golden Globe trophies for roles on new cable television series that won critical acclaim and commercial success in the past year, sometimes both.

Danes won her third Globe for portraying CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime's new "Homeland." The series that explored terrorism and an Iraq war veteran also won a Golden Globe for best television drama.

Danes, who won her first Globe at age 15 for "My So-Called Life," remembered being so flustered then that she forgot to thank her parents.

"I am so lucky to have another opportunity to let them know how lucky I am to have their love and encouragement," she said.

Grammer's signature television role was the pompous psychiatrist Frasier Crane for many years on "Cheers" and "Frasier," but he won for best actor in a TV drama Sunday for playing a powerful Chicago mayor on Starz's "Boss."

LeBlanc, one of NBC's famed "Friends," didn't need to stretch too far in his new role. He played Matt LeBlanc in the Showtime series "Episodes," winning him honors for acting in a comedy. He thanked the show's writers.

"They wrote a Matt LeBlanc who, let's be honest, was a lot more interesting and fun than the real thing," he said. "I wish I was him."

Lange, after receiving four Golden Globes for movies that included "A Streetcar Named Desire," won best supporting actress in a TV series for her role in FX's new "American Horror Story."

"I find it ... rarer every year to find a piece of work that is beautifully written and gives you something to do," she said. "It certainly was this."


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