While “The West Wing” might have lost some of its Emmy juice — failing to win the drama trophy last year for the first time in its history — the skein’s scribes are still making an impression with Writers Guild of America voters, as evidenced by two noms this year.
Last season’s finale, “Memorial Day,” co-written by six-time Emmy nominee John Sacret Young and Josh Singer, intertwined the Bartlet White House with real-time events in the Middle East. In the small-screen scenario, U.S. representatives are in harm’s way as the Israelis and Palestinians try to settle their differences.
“West Wing’s” other nominated episode, “The Supremes,” written by Debora Cahn, has the executive branch trying to figure out who would be an appropriate Supreme Court choice.
Battling the Peacock in the drama category is a pair of HBO Sunday shows: “The Sopranos” and “Six Feet Under.”
“Sopranos” scribe Terence Winter will by vying for a WGA Award for the same episode for which he won an Emmy, and possibly the most-talked-about program in its series history. In “Long Term Parking,” Emmy winner Drea de Matteo meets an untimely fate when boyfriend Christopher (Michael Imperioli) rats her out to his mob familia.
Longtime “Six Feet Under” writer Craig Wright penned season four’s premiere, “Falling Into Place,” in which Nate (Peter Krause) continues dealing with the death of his wife.
On the comedy side of the ledger, Fox earned three noms to HBO’s two.
Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of the Emmy-winning “Arrested Development,” and co-writer Jim Vallely share a nom for “Pier Pressure.” Also on the Fox slate are Neil Thompson for the “Ida’s Boyfriend” episode of “Malcolm in the Middle,” and Bryan Fuller and Todd Holland for the pilot of the short-lived but critically applauded “Wonderfalls.”
Four “Sex and the City” scribes comprise the HBO laffer contingency: Jenny Bicks and Cindy Chupack (“Splat!”) and Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky (“The Ick Factor”).