'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' dominate Writers Guild TV nominations
'Girls' cracks both the Comedy and New Series fields
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"Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" were the leading nominees for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, which were announced on Thursday (December 6) morning.
Both "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" picked up series nods and dominated the respective drama and comedy episodic categories. This isn't exactly surprising, since "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" were the winners in the WGA Awards series categories last year.
On the drama side, "Breaking Bad" will be going up against, "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Mad Men." That's the same field as last year, only with "Mad Men" returning after a year's absence and replacing "The Good Wife."
When it comes to episodic drama, four of six slots went to "Breaking Bad," with Gennifer Hutchinson's "Buyout" script going against George Mastras' "Dead Freight" episode, Sam Catlin's "Five-One" script and Thomas Schnauz's "Say My Name." The category's only non-"Breaking Bad" scripts are "Mad Men" scribes Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner's work on "The Other Woman" and Meredith Stiehm's work on the "Homeland" episode "New Car Smell."
The comedy series field finds "Modern Family" going against "30 Rock," "Louie" and "Parks and Recreation," plus new addition "Girls," which replaces "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
"Modern Family" doesn't have quite the same stranglehold on the comedy episodic field that "Breaking Bad" has on the drama side, but the ABC favorite has three nominees in Cindy Chupack's "Little Bo Bleep," Jeffrey Richman's "Mistery Date" and Elaine Ko's "Virgin Territory." The other three slots go to Luke Del Tredici's "Leap Day" episode of "30 Rock," David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik's "Episode 9" installment of "Episodes" and Amy Poehler's "The Debate" episode of "Parks and Recreation."
It's no surprise to see that "Girls" is also up in the New Series category, going against HBO stablemates "Veep" and "Newsroom," plus network freshmen "Nashville" and "The Mindy Project."
Among other nomination notables, Frontline picked up all six nods in the Documentary - Current Events category, "American Horror Story" was snubbed in the Longform - Original category and somehow "Partners" was the only show worthy of nomination in the On-Air promotion category despite being one of the fall's largest ratings disappointments.
The 2013 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Sunday, February 17 in simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.
Here's the full list of nominees, including the shows recognized in Longform and Comedy/Variety categories:
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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