Writers Guild TV Nominations: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Atlanta’ Break Through

FX’s “Atlanta,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and HBO’s “Westworld” made strong showings with multiple nominations for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards.

NBC’s hot-shot “This Is Us” earned a mention in the episodic drama heat, the only new drama to break into that category. “This Is Us” was also the sole broadcast TV representative in the new series category.

The episodic comedy race made room for Fox’s “Son of Zorn,” ABC’s “Speechless” and Amazon’s “One Mississippi” in addition to “Atlanta” among new shows.

Stranger Things” and “Westworld” both grabbed drama series noms, alongside FX’s “The Americans,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” “Atlanta” was the only newbie to grab a comedy series mention, vying with HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Veep,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

The drama field is wide open as the 2016 winner, AMC’s “Mad Men,” is no more. “Veep” is the reigning champ in comedy. The 2016 new series laurel went to USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” which did not land any noms for its sophomore outing.

This time around, FX’s “Better Things” found its way into the new series nominees circle alongside “Atlanta,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld” and “This Is Us.”

Overall, programs from HBO, FX Netflix, and AMC, dominate the Writers Guild Awards field. HBO had a total of eight programs (including longform and children’s programming) represented while FX logged five.

Hulu garnered two nominations — one for “11.22.63,” and another for “Triumph’s Election Special,” and Amazon weighed in with two as well, for “Transparent” and “One Mississippi.”

Somewhat surprisingly, TBS’ buzzy “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” was left out of the comedy or variety talk series fray — the nominees in that category were “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

In the scribe tribe’s longform categories were packed with high-profile contenders and some surprises.

For longform original, Lifetime’s “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge and Michel’le” made the cut as did Discovery’s “Harley and the Davidsons.” Those two will contend with season two of ABC’s “American Crime” and HBO’s Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas historical drama “Confirmation.”

For longform adapted, the program to beat is FX’s Emmy-magnet “The People V. O.J. Simpson.” HBO’s “The Night Of” is in the hunt, along with ABC’s “Madoff,” Hulu’s “11.22.63” and History’s “Roots.”

In the animation arena, Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” grabbed two episodic noms. Perennial nominee “The Simpsons” earned a mention as did Disney Channel’s “Elena of Avalor” and Disney XD’s “Star Wars Rebels.”

The Writers Guild Awards will be presented on Feb. 19 in concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

Here is a full list of nominations:


“The Americans,” written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX

“Better Call Saul,” written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Glatzer, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC

“Game of Thrones,” written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss; HBO

“Stranger Things,” written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix

“Westworld,” written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter; Dan Dietz, Halley Gross; Lisa Joy; Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO



“Atlanta,” written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

“Silicon Valley,” written by Megan Amram, Alec Berg, Donick Cary, Adam Countee, Jonathan Dotan, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, John Levenstein, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Ron Weiner; HBO

“Transparent,” written by Arabella Anderson, Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Jessi Klein, Stephanie Kornick, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Our Lady J, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Studios

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” written by Emily Altman, Robert Carlock, Azie Mira Dungey, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Marlena Rodriguez, Dan Rubin, Meredith Scardino, Josh Siegal, Allison Silverman, Leila Strachan; Netflix

“Veep,” written by Rachel Axler, Sean Gray, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Eric Kenward, Billy Kimball,  Steve Koren, David Mandel, Jim Margolis, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith, Alexis Wilkinson; HBO



“Atlanta,” written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

“Better Things,” written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K., Cindy Chupack, Gina Fattore; FX

“Stranger Things,” written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix

“This Is Us,” written by Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Bekah Brunstetter, Dan Fogelman, Vera Herbert, Joe Lawson, Kay Oyegun, Aurin Squire, K.J. Steinberg, Donald Todd; NBC

“Westworld,” written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter, Dan Dietz, Halley Gross, Lisa Joy, Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO



“American Crime,” written by Julie Hébert, Sonay Hoffman, Keith Huff, Stacy A. Littlejohn, Kirk A. Moore, Davy Perez, Diana Son; ABC

“Confirmation,” written by Susannah Grant; HBO

“Harley and the Davidsons,” written by Seth Fisher, Nick Schenk, Evan Wright; Discovery Channel

“Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,” written by Dianne Houston; Lifetime



“11.22.63,” written by Bridget Carpenter, Brigitte Hales, Joe Henderson, Brian Nelson, Quinton Peeples, Based on the novel by Stephen King; Hulu

“American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX

“Madoff,” written by Ben Robbins, Inspired by the Book The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the Secret World of Bernie and Ruth by Brian Ross; ABC

“The Night Of,” written by Richard Price, Steve Zaillian, Based on the BBC Series Criminal Justice Created by Peter Moffat; HBO

“Roots,” written by Lawrence Konner, Alison McDonald, Charles Murray, Mark Rosenthal, Based upon the Book by Alex Haley; History Channel



“Barthood” (“The Simpsons”), Written by Dan Greaney; Fox

“First Day of Rule” (“Elena of Avalor”), Written by Craig Gerber; Disney Channel

“Fish Out of Water” (“BoJack Horseman”), Written by Elijah Aron & Jordan Young; Netflix

“A Princess on Lothal” (“Star Wars Rebels”), Written by Steven Melching; Disney XD

“Stop the Presses” (“BoJack Horseman”), Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix



“Gloves Off” (“Better Call Saul”), Written by Gordon Smith; AMC

“I Am a Storm” (“Shameless”), Written by Sheila Callaghan; Showtime

“Klick” (“Better Call Saul”), Written by Heather Marion & Vince Gilligan; AMC

“Switch” (“Better Call Saul”), Written by Thomas Schnauz; AMC

“The Trip” (“This Is Us”), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC

“The Winds of Winter” (“Game of Thrones”), Written for Television by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; HBO



“Kimmy Finds Her Mom!” (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), written by Tina Fey & Sam Means; Netflix

“Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), written by Robert Carlock; Netflix

“Pilot” (“One Mississippi”), written by Diablo Cody & Tig Notaro; Amazon Studios

“R-A-Y-C-Ray-Cation” (“Speechless)”, written by Carrie Rosen & Seth Kurland; ABC

“Streets on Lock” (“Atlanta”), written by Stephen Glover; FX

“A Taste of Zephyria” (“Son of Zorn”), written by Dan Mintz; Fox



“Episode 101” (“Now We’re Talking”), written by Tug Coker, Tommy Dewey; go90.com

“Escape the Room” (“Life Ends at 30”), written by Michael Field; vimeo.com

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” Episode 1 (“Thug Passion”), written by Motrya Tomycz; vimeo.com

“The Party” (“The Commute”), written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com



“Passage” Part 4 (“Fear the Walking Dead”), written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com

“Under Siege” (“The Strain”), written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle, Based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan; fxnetworks.com



“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” writers: Dan Amira, David Angelo, Steve Bodow, Devin Delliquanti, Zach DiLanzo, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, David Kibuuka, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Lauren Sarver Means, Trevor Noah, Joe Opio, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parson, Daniel Radosh, Michelle Wolf; Comedy Central

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

“Late Night with Seth Meyers,” writers: Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Sal Gentile, Matt Goldich, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, Andrew Law, John Lutz, Aparna Nancherla, Chioke Nassor, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Conner O’Malley, Seth Reiss, Amber Ruffin, Mike Scollins, Mike Shoemaker, Ben Warheit, Michelle Wolf; NBC

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” writers: Mike Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack; CBS



“Documentary Now!,” Writers: Bill Hader, John Mulaney, Seth Meyers; IFC

“Inside Amy Schumer,” Writers: Kim Carmele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jessi Klein, Michael Lawrence, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Claudia O’Doherty, Dan Powell, Tami Sagher, Amy Schumer; Comedy Central

“Maya and Marty in Manhattan,” Head Writers: Mikey Day, Matt Roberts, Bryan Tucker. Writers: Eli Bauman, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Hallie Cantor, David Feldman, R J Fried, Melissa Hunter, Paul Masella, Tim McAuliffe, John Mulaney, Diallo Riddle, Maya Rudolph, Bashir Salahuddin, Marika Sawyer, Streeter Seidell, Martin Short; Emily Spivey, Steve Young; NBC

“Nathan For You,” Written by Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

“Saturday Night Live,” Head Writers: Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker. Writers: James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette; NBC



68th Primetime Emmy Awards, Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Robert Cohen, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Jon Macks, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Jeff Stilson, Joe Strazzullo, Alexis Wilkinson; ABC

73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Written by Barry Adelman; Special Material Written by Dave Boone, Ricky Gervais, Jon Macks, Matthew Robinson; NBC

88th Annual Academy Awards, Written by Dave Boone, Billy Kimball; Special Material Written by Scott Aukerman, Rodney Barnes, Neil Campbell, Matthew Claybrooks, Lance Crouther, Mike Ferrucci, Langston Kerman, Jon Macks, Steve O’Donnell, Nimesh Patel, Vanessa Ramos, Chris Rock, Frank Sebastiano, Chuck Sklar, Jeff Stilson, Michelle Wolf; CBS

“Triumph’s Election Special,” Written by Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel, Zach Smilovitz, Andrew Weinberg; Hulu



“Hollywood Game Night,” Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

“Jeopardy!,” Written by John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC



General Hospital, Writers: Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC



“Girl Meets Commonism” (Girl Meets World), Written by Joshua Jacobs & Michael Jacobs; Disney Channel

“Just Add Mom” (Just Add Magic), Written by John-Paul Nickel; Amazon Studios

“Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Written by Laurie Parres; Amazon Studios

“Mucko Polo, Grouch Explorer” (Sesame Street), Written by Belinda Ward; HBO



“Dance Camp,” teleplay by Nick Turner & Rex New and Cameron Fay, Story by Nick Turner & Rex New; youtube.com

“Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas,” written by Geri Cole & Ken Scarborough; HBO

“R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet Of Souls,” written by Billy Brown & Dan Angel; Freeform



“Chasing Heroin” (Frontline), written by Marcela Gaviria; PBS

“The Choice 2016” (Frontline); Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

“Inside Assad’s Syria” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

“American Reds,” Written by Richard Wormser; WPTS Dayton

“Jackie Robinson, Part One,” Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

“Netanyahu at War” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS



“Ambush In Dallas” (World News Tonight With David Muir), Written by David Bloch, Karen Mooney, David Muir, David Schoetz; ABC News

“Brussels Under Attack” (World News Tonight With David Muir), Written by David Bloch, Karen Mooney, David Muir, David Schoetz; ABC News

“Muhammad Ali: Remembering A Legend” (48 Hours), Written by Jerry Cipriano, John Craig Wilson; CBS News



“CBS Sunday Morning Almanac” June 12, 2016 (CBS Sunday Morning), Written by Thomas A. Harris; CBS



“Chernobyl: 30 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

“Summer of 2016,” Written by David Shapiro; CBS News Radio



“6:40am News” November 13, 2015, Written by Philip Pilato; CBS Radio Network/1010 WINS

“Legends of the Game,” Written by Thomas A. Sabella; CBS News Radio

“Muhammad Ali: A Tribute to Greatness,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio Network

“World News This Week” August 26, 2016, Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio



“Dishin Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS-AM Radio

“Morley Safer: A Journalist’s Life,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio Network

“Vin Scully”, Written by Jerry Edling; CBS News Radio

“Vin Scully Hangs Up The Mic,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio



“Big Brother Over The Top Launch & NCIS: Special Agent Tony Dinozzo’s Top Moments,” Written by Erial Tompkins; CBS

“CBS On-Air Reel,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotion

“The Dollmaker, Halloween,” Written by Jennifer H. Kaas; NBC

“Limitless Promos 15/16” (CBS), Written by Jessica Katzenstein; CBS On-Air Promotion

“Mom,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS



“The Real History of Cinco de Mayo,” (Gawker Media Group), Graphic Animation by Elisa Solinas; youtube.com

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