WGA announces TV noms

'30 Rock,' 'Mad Men,' 'Family' on top

NBC’s “30 Rock” and “The Office,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” plus ABC’s frosh hit “Modern Family” lead the way in major categories with three nominations each for Writers Guild Awards. Fox’s rookie tuner “Glee” garnered two mentions from the scribe tribe, which unveiled its smallscreen contenders Monday. WGA’s feature noms will be out Jan. 11.

In specialized categories, PBS’ “Frontline” went six for six in the documentary — current events category while “The Simpsons” went five for five in animation nods. PBS’ “American Experience” took four of the six noms in the documentary — other than current events heat.

“30 Rock” scored nods for comedy series and for two comedy episodes, while “Mad Men” took noms for drama series and for two drama episodes. “30 Rock” has won the series award twice in a row while “Mad Men” took the new series trophy two years ago and the drama series award last year.

“The Office” received a nomination for comedy series and a pair for episodes. It won the comedy series trophy three years ago. “Modern Family” received nominations in comedy series, new series and comedy episode for its pilot.

“30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Modern Family” face competition in the comedy series category Glee” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” “Curb” also took a nom for comedy series episode while “Glee” received a new series nod along with “Modern Family,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” HBO’s “Hung” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.”

“Mad Men” faces competition in the drama series category from AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” Showtime’s “Dexter,” NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and ABC’s “Lost.” “Breaking Bad” also received a drama episode nom along with Fox’s “House,” HBO’s “Big Love” and “True Blood” and the two for “Mad Men.”

A surprise in the episodic comedy category was the mention for the pilot of HBO’s raunchy laffer “Eastbound and Down.”

“The Simpsons” has been a perennial favorite of WGA writers, winning the category every year since 2003 when a segment of “Futurama” took the trophy.

In addition to TV, the WGA unveiled noms in three radio categories along with promotional writing and graphic animation categories. Winners will be presented Feb. 20 at WGA ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

The qualifying period for TV series categories was for the first broadcast between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30. The period for the long form, episodic, animation and children’s script categories was between Dec. 1, 2008, through Nov. 30.

Go to Variety.com/awardcentral for a complete list of WGA TV nominees.

And the nominees are:


“Breaking Bad” – Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, George Mastras, J. Roberts, John Shiban, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

“Dexter” – Written by Scott Buck, Charles H. Eglee, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann” – Wendy West; Showtime

“Friday Night Lights” – Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Ron Fitzgerald, Brent Fletcher, Etan Frankel, Jason Gavin, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Rolin Jones, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Derek Santos Olson, John Zinman; NBC

“Lost” – Written by Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Damon Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan, Paul Zbyszewski; ABC

“Mad Men” – Written by Lisa Albert, Andrew Colville, Kater Gordon, Cathryn Humphris, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Erin Levy, Marti Noxon, Frank Pierson, Robin Veith, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner; AMC


“30 Rock” – Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Steve Hely, Matt Hubbard, Dylan Morgan, Paula Pell, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” – Written by Larry David; HBO

“Glee” – Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox

“Modern Family” – Written by Paul Corrigan, Sameer Gardezi, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Caroline Williams, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

“The Office” – Written by Jennifer Celotta, Danny Chun, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Q. Farrell, Brent Forrester, Daniel J. Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein” – Warren Lieberstein, BJ Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan; NBC


“Glee” – Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox

“The Good Wife” – Written by Angela Amato Velez, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Ted Humphrey, Dee Johnson, Todd E. Kessler, Michelle King, Robert King; CBS

“Hung” – Written by Colette Burson, Ellie Herman, Emily Kapnek, Brett C. Leonard, Dmitry Lipkin, Angela Robinson; HBO

“Modern Family” – Written by Paul Corrigan, Sameer Gardezi, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Caroline Williams, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

“Nurse Jackie” – Written by Taii K. Austin, Liz Brixius, Rick Cleveland, Evan Dunsky, Nancy Fichman, Liz Flahive, Jennifer Hoppe, Mark Hudis, John Hilary Shepherd, Linda Wallem, Christine Zander; Showtime

EPISODIC DRAMA – any length – one airing time

“Broken, Part 1 and Part 2” (“House”)” – Written by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David Foster & David Shore; Fox

“Come, Ye Saints” (“Big Love”)” – Written by Melanie Marnich; HBO

“The Grown Ups” (“Mad Men”)” – Written by Brett Johnson and Matthew Weiner; AMC

“Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency” (“Mad Men”)” – Written by Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner; AMC

“I Will Rise Up” (“True Blood”)” – Written by Nancy Oliver; HBO

“Phoenix” (“Breaking Bad”)” – Written by John Shiban; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY – any length – one airing time

“Apollo, Apollo” (“30 Rock”)” – Written by Robert Carlock; NBC

“Broke” (“The Office”)” – Written by Charles Grandy; NBC

“Chapter 1” (“Eastbound & Down”)” – Written by Ben T. Best & Jody L. Hill & Danny McBride; HBO

“Gossip” (“The Office”)” – Written by Paul Lieberstein; NBC

“Pilot” (“Modern Family”)” – Written by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd; ABC

“Reunion” (“30 Rock”)” – Written by Matt Hubbard; NBC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

“Georgia O’Keeffe” – Written by Michael Cristofer; Lifetime

“Grey Gardens, Teleplay by Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, Story by Michael Sucsy; HBO

“Pedro, Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, Story by Paris Barclay & Dustin Lance Black; MTV

LONG FORM – ADAPTATION – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

“America, Teleplay by Joyce Eliason and Rosie O’Donnell, Based upon the novel by E.R. Frank; Lifetime

“Taking Chance, Teleplay by Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) and Ross Katz, Based on the short story by Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.); HBO

ANIMATION – any length – one airing time

“The Burns and the Bees” (“The Simpsons”)” – Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

“Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe” (“The Simpsons”)” – Written by John Frink; Fox

“Gone Maggie Gone” (“The Simpsons”)” – Written by Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham; Fox

“Take My Life, Please” (“The Simpsons”)” – Written by Don Payne; Fox

“Wedding for Disaster” (“The Simpsons”)” – Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox


“Real Time with Bill Maher, Head Writer: Billy Martin” – Writers Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Jonathan Schmock, Danny Vermont; HBO

“Saturday Night Live, Head Writer: Seth Meyers” – Writers Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell
, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker, Additional Sketch by Adam McKay, Andrew Steele; NBC

“The Colbert Report, Head Writers: Barry Julien, Thomas Purcell, Writers Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Robert Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Alon Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, Max Werner; Comedy Central

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Head Writer: Steve Bodow, Writers Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell” – Wyatt Cenac, JR Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, John Oliver, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central

“The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Head Writer: Mike Sweeney” – Writers Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Andres du Bouchet, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O’Brien, Matt O’Brien, Andy Richter, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg; NBC


“Film Independent’s 2009 Spirit Awards,” Written by Billy Kimball, Neil MacLennan; IFC/AMC

“We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” Written by George Stevens, Jr., Michael Stevens and Sara Lukinson; HBO


“All My Children” – Written by Jeff Beldner, Joanna Cohen, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, Michelle Patrick, Charles Pratt, Jr., Rebecca Taylor, Tracey Thomson, Addie Walsh; ABC

“As the World Turns” – Written by Peter Brash, Lisa Connor, Susan Dansby, Cheryl L. Davis, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield, Courtney Simon; CBS

“One Life to Live” – Written by Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Frederick Johnson, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Chris Van Etten; ABC

“The Young and the Restless” – Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Lisa Connor, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Beth Milstein, Natalie Minardi Slater, Melissa Salmons, Linda Schreiber, James Stanley, Sandra Weintraub, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS


“A Monster Problem” (“Imagination Movers”)” – Written by Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel

“Frankly, It’s Becoming a Habitat” (“Sesame Street”)” – Written by Joseph Mazzarino; PBS

“Mouse and Home” (“Imagination Movers”)” – Written by Michael G. Stern, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel

“The Rival” (“True Jackson, VP”)” – Written by Dan Kopelman; Nickelodeon

“Welcome to the Jungle” (“The Troop”)” – Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon

“Wild Nature Survivor Guy” (“Sesame Street”)” – Written by Christine Ferraro; PBS


“Another Cinderella Story,” Written by Erik Patterson, Jessica Scott; ABC Family


“Black Money” (“Frontline”)” – Written by Lowell Bergman, Oriana Zill de Granados; PBS

“Heat” (“Frontline”)” – Written by Martin Smith; PBS

“The Hugo Chávez Show” (“Frontline”)” – Written by Ofra Bikel; PBS

“Inside the Meltdown” (“Frontline”)” – Written by Michael Kirk; PBS

“The Madoff Affair” (“Frontline”)” – Written by Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith; PBS

“Poisoned Waters” (“Frontline”)” – Written by Hedrick Smith, Rick Young; PBS


“The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” (“American Experience”)” – Written by Barak Goodman; PBS

“The National Parks: Americas Best Idea,” “Episode Two: 1890-1915: The Last Refuge,” Written by Dayton Duncan; PBS

“The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer” (“American Experience”)” – Written by David Grubin; PBS

“Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story” – Written by David A. Taylor, Olive Emma Bucklin, Andrea Kalin; Smithsonian Channel

“We Shall Remain: Episode Three: Trail of Tears” (“American Experience”)” – Written by Mark Zwonitzer; PBS

“We Shall Remain: Episode Two: Tecumseh’s Vision” (“American Experience”)” – Written by Ric Burns; PBS


“CBS Evening News,” Written by Jerry Cipriano; CBS

“Recession Candy,” Written by R. Polly Leider; CBS

“World News with Charles Gibson,” Written by Lee Kamlet, Julia Kathan, Joel Siegel; ABC


“All Night Long” (“Good Morning America”)” – Written by Mary Pflum; ABC

“A Private War: Expose: America’s Investigative Reports” (“Bill Moyers Journal”)” – Written by Thomas M. Jennings; PBS

“Election Day” (“Bill Moyers Journal”)” – Written by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship; PBS

“Financial Fingers” (“CBS News”)” – Written by R. Polly Leider; CBS

“The Words That Won the White House” (“Good Morning America”)” – Written by Lisa Ferri; ABC



“2008 Year in Review” – Written by Gail Lee; CBS


“So Many Goodbyes” – Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio

“WCBS News Radio” – Written by Robert Hawley; CBS Radio

“World News This Week – July 11, 2009” – Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC Radio


“Black History Month” – Written by Arleen Lebe; CBS Radio

“End of Summer” – Written by Duane Tollison; CBS Radio

“Farewells” – Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio

“Paul Harvey: An American Life” – Written by Stu Chamberlain; ABC Radio



“How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Promo Process” – Written by Michelle Straebler; WNBC

“Vegas” (“Dateline”), “The Wanted” Promo, NBC Nightly News Promo, “Iran” (“Dateline”), “Cheat” (“Dateline”)” – Written by Barry Fitzsimmons; NBC


“Hudson Splashdown” (CBS Evening News with Katie Couric), David M. Rosen, Shannon L. Toma; CBS

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