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‘True Detective,’ ‘Orange is the New Black’ & ‘Game of Thrones’ Top WGA Nominations

'True Detective,' 'Orange is the New Black' & 'Game of Thrones' Top WGA Nominations

Take away the lush period look of “Mad Men” or the CGI dragons of “Game of Thrones,” and what are you left with? Some damn good storytelling. That’s the message from today’s announcement of the Writers Guild Award nominees for television and new media. 

Of all the predictors for awards glory, the WGA offers a unique perspective on the state of television, with specific categories acknowledging the difficulty of launching a new series or adapting a pre-existing work to the medium.

While there aren’t too many surprises today, episodic recognition was spread pretty evenly across the nominees, with only “Modern Family” pulling off two nominations for comedy scripting. “True Detective” scored nods for Drama Series—rather than for “Long Form Original,” an important distinction for a show mired in controversy—and New Series, though it was passed over for Episodic Drama. “Game of Thrones,” meanwhile, racked up nods for both Drama Series and Episodic Drama, as did “The Good Wife” and “Mad Men.”

On the comedy side, “Silicon Valley” and “Transparent” both nabbed nods for Comedy Series and New Series. Of the Comedy Series nominees, only “Transparent,” “Louie,” and “Orange is the New Black” scored Episodic nods, though “Modern Family” did score two of the latter despite being kept out of the series race. Also of note: “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers” have the Animation category all to themselves, with the long-running FOX comedy taking four of the six nods to its baby burger’s, er, I mean brother’s, two.

The full list of nominations is below. Winners will be announced at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 14, 2015. 

DRAMA SERIES

“Game of Thrones, “Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO

“The Good Wife, “Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe; CBS

“House of Cards, “Written by Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Sam R. Forman, William Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz, David Manson, Beau Willimon; Netflix

“Mad Men,” Written by Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC

“True Detective,” Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

COMEDY SERIES

“Louie, “Written by Louis CK; FX

“Orange Is the New Black,” Written by Stephen Falk, Sian Heder, Tara Herrmann, Sara Hess, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Lauren Morelli, Alex Regnery, Hartley Voss; Netflix

“Silicon Valley, “Written by John Altschuler, Alec Berg, Matteo Borghese, Jessica Gao, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Rob Turbovsky, Ron Weiner; HBO

“Transparent,” Written by Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Prime

“Veep,” Written by Simon Blackwell, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, ArmandoIannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO

NEW SERIES

“The Affair,” Written by Dan LeFranc, Hagai Levi, Melanie Marnich, Eric Overmyer, Kate Robin, Sarah Treem; Showtime

“The Knick,” Written by Jack Amiel, Michael Begler, Steven Katz; Cinemax

“Silicon Valley, “Written by John Altschuler, Alec Berg, Matteo Borghese, Jessica Gao, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Rob Turbovsky, Ron Weiner; HBO

“Transparent,” Written by Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Prime

“True Detective,” Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

LONG FORM ORIGINAL

“Deliverance Creek,” Written by Melissa Carter; Lifetime

“Return to Zero,” Written by Sean Hanish; Lifetime

LONG FORM ADAPTED

“Houdini, “Written by Nicholas Meyer; Based on the book “Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait” by Bernard C. Meyer, M.D.; History Channel

“Klondike, “Parts One, Three and Six, Teleplay by Paul T. Scheuring, Parts Two, Four and Five, Teleplay by Josh Goldin & Rachel Abramowitz, Based on the book “Gold Diggers” by Charlotte Gray; Discovery Channel

“The Normal Heart, “Teleplay by Larry Kramer, Based on his play “The Normal Heart;” HBO

“Olive Kitteridge, “Teleplay by Jane Anderson, Based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout; HBO

“Pilot”” (The Leftovers), “Teleplay by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta, Based on the book by Tom Perrotta; HBO

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL

“Apocalypse No” (“Bad Shorts”), Written by Ben Zelevansky; luckybirdsmedia.com

“City of Angels” (“Caper”), Written by Amy Berg & Mike Sizemore; hulu.com

“Episode 1 – Nature” (“F To 7″”th”), Written by Ingrid Jungermann; youtube.com

“Episode 113: Rachel” (“High Maintenance”), Written by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair;helpingyoumaintain.com

“Episode 204” (“Vicky and Lysander”), Written by Damon Cardasis and Shannon Walker; youtube.com

“Episode 207” (“Vicky and Lysander”), Written by Damon Cardasis and Shannon Walker; youtube.com

ANIMATION

“Bob and Deliver” (“Bob’s Burgers”), Written by Greg Thompson; Fox

“Brick Like Me” (“The Simpsons”), Written by Brian Kelley; Fox

“Covercraft” (“The Simpsons”), Written by Matt Selman; Fox

“Pay Pal” (“The Simpsons”), Written by David Steinberg; Fox

“Steal This Episode” (“The Simpsons”), Written by J. Stewart Burns; Fox

“Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl” (“Bob’s Burgers”), Written by Nora Smith; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA

“A Day’s Work” (“Mad Men”), Written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner; AMC

“Devil You Know” (“Boardwalk Empire”), Written by Howard Korder; HBO

“Donald the Normal” (“Rectify”), Written by Kate Powers & Ray McKinnon; Sundance Channel

“Friendless Child” (“Boardwalk Empire”), Written by Riccardo DiLoreto & Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder; HBO

“The Last Call” (“The Good Wife”), Written by Robert King & Michelle King; CBS

“The Lion and the Rose” (“Game of Thrones”), Written for Television by George R.R. Martin; HBO

EPISODIC COMEDY

“The Cold” (“Modern Family”), Written by Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz; ABC

“Landline” (“New Girl”), Written by Rob Rosell; Fox

“Low Self Esteem City” (“Orange Is the New Black”), Written by Nick Jones; Netflix

“So Did the Fat Lady” (“Louie”), Written by Louis C.K.; FX

“Three Dinners” (“Modern Family”), Written by Abraham Higginbotham & Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC

“The Wilderness” (“Transparent”), Written by Ethan Kuperberg; Amazon Prime

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Writers: Rory Albanese, Dan Amira, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parsons, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart, Delaney Yeager; Comedy Central

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

“Inside Amy Schumer,” Head Writer: Jessi Klein Writers: Emily Altman, Jeremy Beiler, Neil Casey, Kyle Dunnigan, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Dan Powell, Amy Schumer; Comedy Central

“The Colbert Report,” Writers: Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Sam Kim, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner; Comedy Central

“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Head Writers: Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Gary Greenberg Writers: Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Bryan Paulk, Rick Rosner, Bridger Winegar; ABC

“Saturday Night Live,” Head Writers: Seth Meyers, Colin Jost, Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Alex Baze, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Steve Higgins, Leslie Jones, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, Claire Mulaney, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Lakendra Tookes; NBC

“Real Time with Bill Maher,” Head Writer: Billy Martin Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Danny Vermont; HBO

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