FX Explains ‘Fargo’ Omission from WGA Nominations

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In a dispute over the Writers Guild of America’s definition of a drama series, FX has disclosed it opted to withhold the Emmy-winning “Fargo” from WGA awards consideration.

FX blamed the WGA for declining to recognize the 10-part series as a miniseries — even though it won the Emmy as a longform miniseries. The episodes were written by Noah Hawley.

The WGA had no immediate response.

“The network initially submitted ‘Fargo’ in the longform category based on the fact that the 10 one-hour scripts – all written by Noah Hawley – tell a single, close-ended story and therefore ‘Fargo’ is a miniseries,” FX said in a statement. “The WGA does not recognize ‘Fargo’ as a miniseries because Noah Hawley was accorded a ‘Created for Television By’ credit and said that ‘Fargo’ could only be considered in the drama series category.”

FX noted that “Fargo” — based on the 1996 movie of the same name by the Coen Brothers — not only won an Emmy in the miniseries category but has been submitted as a miniseries for this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

“Since ‘Fargo’ is not in fact a drama series, and it is in fact a miniseries, FX made the decision not to submit Noah Hawley and his brilliant scripts for WGA Awards consideration,” it said.

The five nominees in the longform adapted category are History Channel’s “Houdini,” Discovery’s “Klondike” and a trio of HBO entries — “The Normal Heart,” “Olive Kitteridge” and “The Leftovers.”

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