'Simpsons' dominates WGA's animation category
This article was updated on Dec. 16.
NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “Sex and the City” drew two nominations each for Writers Guild of America TV scripting awards.
The small-screen noms, announced Wednesday, also saw WGA members select Terence Winter for the “Long Term Parking” episode of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” which won an Emmy in September, and Tony Kushner for his Emmy-winning “Angels in America” in the adapted longform category.
William H. Macy shared a nom in the adapted longform category for TNT’s “The Wool Cap.” And Fox’s “The Simpsons” took four of the five noms in the animated category.
Kudos will be presented Feb. 19 at the WGA’s 57th annual awards gala; the location has yet to be determined. Screenplay nominations will be announced Jan. 13.
The “West Wing” noms for episodic drama went to its “Memorial Day” episode by John Sacret Young & Josh Singer and to Debora Cahn for “The Supremes.” It was Young’s sixth WGA nom; he’s also received seven Emmy noms, five for “China Beach.”
Winter’s nomination in the drama category was his third; he won the trophy in 2002 for the “Pine Barrens” episode. He told Daily Variety that writing “Long Term Parking” had been enormously difficult since it involved portraying the pain associated with the death of Drea de Matteo’s character.
“I didn’t even know the nominations were coming out so I didn’t have to obsess about this for the past month,” he added. Also named in the drama category was Craig Wright for the “Falling Into Place” episode of HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” Wright received an Emmy nom for another episode.
The “Sex and the City” noms went to Jenny Bicks & Cindy Chupack for the “Splat!” episode and Julie Rottenberg & Elise Zuritsky for “The Ick Factor.” It was the fifth WGA nom for Chupack, the third for Bicks and the third for Rottenberg and Zuritsky –all for the HBO comedy series.
Though Bicks and Chupack were exec producers on the show, the episode — the third-to-last in the series — marked the first time they had collaborated.
“This is a nice capper,” Chupack said of the nom. “It’s good evidence that you’ll get recognition if you allow the writers to work in a supportive environment with great characters.”
Fox skeins get noms
Other comedy noms went to Fox skeins — Jim Vallely & Mitchell Hurwitz for the “Pier Pressure” episode of “Arrested Development”; Neil Thompson for “Ida’s Boyfriend,” from Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle”; and Bryan Fuller (teleplay and story) and Todd Holland (story) for the “Wonderfalls” pilot.
Hurwitz won an Emmy for the “Arrested Development” pilot while Holland has won two Emmys and a DGA Award for “Malcolm” along with an Emmy for “The Larry Sanders Show.” Thompson’s received two previous WGA noms.
Fox’s “24” won the drama category for 2003 programs while “Frasier” took the comedy category for the fifth time in six years. “We’re hopeful now that ‘Frasier’ isn’t competing any more,” Bicks noted.
Original longform noms went to J.T. Allen for FX’s “Redemption,” Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell for HBO’s “Something the Lord Made” and Yuri Zeltser & Cary Bickley for Showtime’s “Spinning Boris.” Silverman and Caswell also received an Emmy nom for the telepic.
Adapted longform noms were given to Kushner for HBO’s “Angels in America,” based on his play; Anne Meredith for Showtime’s “Cavedweller,” based on Dorothy Allison’s novel; and William H. Macy & Steven Schachter for “The Wool Cap,” based on Jackie Gleason’s story “Gigot.”
Meredith has won two WGA Awards; Macy was nommed for a Golden Globe this week for his performance in “The Wool Cap.”
In animation, the quartet of “The Simpsons” episodes included Joel H. Cohen’s “Today I Am a Clown,” Don Payne’s “Fraudcast News,” Julie Chambers & David Chambers’ “Milhouse Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and Ian Maxtone-Graham’s “Catch ‘Em if You Can.” Rich Fogel, John Ridley and Dwayne McDuffie were nommed for the “Starcrossed” episode of Cartoon Network’s “Justice League.”
Payne has won three Emmys; Ridley received a WGA Award nom for “Three Kings.”
Comedy/variety writing noms went to NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” Fox’s “MadTV,” Showtime’s “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” and HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
The only nom in daytime serials went to CBS’ “Guiding Light.”
Children’s script nominations went to Wendy Kesselman for Showtime’s “A Separate Peace” and Susan Shilliday for ABC’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”
CBS eyes noms
In the comedy/variety: music, awards, tributes and specials category, noms went to a pair of CBS shows — “The 58th Annual Tony Awards,” by Dave Boone and Bruce Vilanch, and “The Kennedy Center Honors,” by George Stevens Jr. and Sara Lukinson.
In the documentary-current events category, noms went to Paul Stekler for PBS’ “POV” segment “Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style” and Michael Kirk for PBS’ “Frontline” segment “From China With Love.”
In documentary other than current events, four of the nominees were for segments of PBS’ “American Experience” — Mel Bucklin for “Emma Goldman”; Llewellyn M. Smith (telescript) and Elizabeth Deane & Patricia Garcia Rios (story) for “Reconstruction Part 1”; Barak Goodman for “The Fight”; and David Grubin for “RFK.” Other noms went to Jo Ann Young for the “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” segment of PBS’ “Broadway: The American Musical” and to Carl Charlson (telescript) and Harold Evans (story) for the “Revolutionaries” segment of PBS’ “They Made America.”
In the category of regularly scheduled news, bulletin or breaking report, the noms went to Jonathan Kaplan for “Remembering Ray Charles” for CBS News, WBBM Chicago, and to Steve Alperin for “The Reagan Funeral” for ABC’s “World News Tonight.”
In the news analysis, feature or commentary category, noms went to Rebecca Peterson & Scott Pelley for “Change of Heart” for CBS’ “60 Minutes II”; Jacqueline M. Calayag of WWOR for “Homes for the Homeless” for UPN 9 News; and Barbara Dury & Morley Safer for “Martha Stewart” for “60 Minutes II.”