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

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33 Comments
  1. Sam says:

    Three episodes of MF are nominated. None of Girls are. That ratio should be the opposite.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      It may not be that New Series are eligible in the Episodic categories.

    • Lora says:

      I’m so over Modern Family and how much energy is put toward it. It’s funny, but there are other just as good, if not better shows out there that deserve some attention too.

  2. Hilarious says:

    The Mindy Project?! Lol.

  3. Britta Unfiltered says:

    The description for New Car Smell is not the right one. You are thinking of State of Independence, I believe. New Car Smell is the one where Carrie meets Brody at the bar and then follows him up to his hotel room to arrest him, and then we, the entire audience, completely freaked out online over it. :)

  4. I wish Raising Hope would get recognized. It’s really a brilliant show. Mo Ryan was right to compare it to Parks & Rec. Especially the Candy Wars episode. The second part of Throw Maw Maw from… had me laughing so hard that I cried.

  5. And yet again Parks & Rec will lose out to Modern Family…

  6. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I can’t decide what to root for. In most categories I either want all of them to win or none of them to win. Even though Breaking Bad has 4 episodic nominations, I think Homeland will take it for New Car Smell. That same thing happened to Mad Men at the Emmys where they had 4 episodes nominated in the writing category, and ended up losing to the Homeland pilot. New Car Smell is probably one of the top 2 episodes they’ve written this season so far too. Though for series as a whole, I think no matter who wins, it’s going to be great, because those are all very worthy series. I’ll root for Louie for comedy, but won’t hold my breath on that. Modern Family is just too much competition. New series are all good ones and I could be happy with any of them winning, though maybe I would slightly prefer Girls to win. It probably will, I think a lot of writers in the industry think Lena Dunham has an amazing talent. And it’s true, she does. And then Portlandia for variety should win. Life would be happy if the incredibly entertaining Portlandia could win that category.

  7. George says:

    “The Debate” episode of Parks & Recreation was written by Amy Poehler,right?

  8. Maria says:

    ridiculos that conan and kimmel got nominated over fallon

  9. Renee says:

    Well I only have basic tv channels which eliminates 95% of the list. No interest eliminates the other 5%. Wow.

  10. Sarah says:

    ben & kate is the best new comedy, how could it not get nominated?! Mindy project and nashville over ben & kate?! Lol

  11. Joe says:

    so glad the newsroom is nominated.. more people need to see that show

  12. Andie says:

    Disgusting. Three episode nominations for Modern Family, and not a mention of Community on the list.

  13. Andie says:

    Also, “Q&A” was a far superior episode to the still amazing “New Car Smell,” so I wish that had gotten nominated instead.

  14. Paul V says:

    Happy about Episodes but I figure that Episode 3 would of been nomation not Episode 9

  15. Anna says:

    Glad Breaking Bad pulled out more nominations than the vastly overrated Homeland. I feel like Homeland is a lot of people’s introduction to cable series heaven and that’s why everyone is so crazy about it. It’s the same reason my sister thinks Dexter is the best show ever. Compared to network TV, anything on cable looks good (and yes, I watch Homeland).

  16. Ralph says:

    So glad to see the dearly departed One Life to Live honored. Hope it wins.

  17. nick1372 says:

    Who should win-
    Drama: Homeland
    Comedy: Modern Family
    Comedy Episode: Modern Family, “Virgin Territory”
    New: The Newsroom
    Comedy/Variety: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    Daytime Drama: One Life to Live

    • Jane says:

      More like who will win. Breaking Bad and The Colbert Report both had stronger seasons. Colbert’s use of satire to make a point about SuperPACS this year was genius. The Daily Show is entertaining much of the time, but it’s little more than a joke factory (many of which are not funny).

  18. Dave says:

    i can’t be the only person around who thinks Modern Family is now wildly overrated and over-hyped. this season has been totally hit & miss in terms of good episodes. getting pretty tired of seeing its symphony of nominations for everything imaginable.

  19. Anon says:

    The only show I like on this whole list of nominees is the Mindy Project. A few of them I find to be okay, but way overrated. This list is predictable and pretentious IMO.

  20. JIM says:

    EVERYONE IN THE WRITERS GUILD WILL BE SUED FOR STEALING MY WORK!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!

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