Breaking Bad, Modern Family Lead Writers Guild Noms; Girls and Nashville Among First-Timers

BreakingBad_DeadFreightAMC’s Breaking Bad is the most-nominated series going into the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, with a total of five nods (including best drama series). ABC’s Modern Family, meanwhile, leads the comedy pack, with four nominations.

New series making the WGA’s short list include HBO’s Girls, Veep and The Newsroom, ABC’s Nashville and Fox’s The Mindy Project, while ABC’s now-defunct One Life to Live is in the Daytime Drama race.

All told, the major categories are as follows; a complete list of nominations is at WGA.org. Awards will be handed out Feb. 17, 2013 in ceremonies held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York City.

DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

DRAMA | EPISODIC
Breaking Bad, “Buyout” (Jesse and Mike quit the meth business, infuriating Walt)
Breaking Bad, “Dead Freight” (After Walt & Co. steal from a cargo train, Todd shoots their only witness)
Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One” (As Walt celebrates his birthday, Skyler hopes for his death)
Homeland, “New Car Smell” (Carrie meets Brody at a hotel bar, then follows him to his room)
Mad Men, “The Other Woman” (Joan beds the Jaguar guy, Peggy quits SCDP)
Breaking Bad, “Say My Name” (The DEA closes in on Mike)

COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock
Girls
Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

COMEDY | EPISODIC
Parks and Recreation, “The Debate” (Leslie faces off against Bobby Newport)
Episodes, “Episode 9” (Season 2 finale; Merc is honored the day he is fired)
30 Rock, “Leap Day” (Leap Day is presented as a widely celebrated holiday)
Modern Family, “Little Bo Bleep” (Claire preps for her debate; Lily has an F-ing problem)
Modern Family, “Mistery Date” (Matthew Broderick guests as a new gym buddy of Phil’s)
Modern Family, “Virgin Territory” (Phil learns that Hayley is not so “innocent”)

NEW SERIES
Girls, HBO
The Mindy Project, Fox
Nashville, ABC
The Newsroom, HBO
Veep, HBO

COMEDY/VARIETY
The Colbert Report
Conan
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Key & Peele
Portlandia
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

LONG FORM (ORIGINAL)
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gelhorn
Political Animals

DAYTIME DRAMA
Days of Our Lives
One Life to Live
The Young and the Restless