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WGA TV Awards Nominees: ‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Only Murders,’ ‘Yellowjackets’

Hollywood's writers nominate a new crop for the 2022 Writers Guild Awards. "Squid Game" is notably absent due to ineligibility.

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The Writers Guild of America’s combined East and West branches announced the TV nominees for the 2022 WGA Awards today. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles March 20 to honor both TV and film, but the film nominations will not be announced until January 27. Today was all about TV, New Media, News, Audio/Radio, and Promotional Writing.

Last year, “Better Call Saul” had the most nominations, while “The Crown” and “Ted Lasso” ultimately triumphed with the most wins. This year “The Crown” was not eligible — its next season won’t debut until November 2022 — but “Ted Lasso” was a contender for its second season. And predictably, it made out with a Comedy Series nomination, alongside “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Hacks,” and “Only Murders in the Building” — “Hacks” and “Only Murders” also scored Best News Series nods.

Succession” landed a Best Drama Series nomination alongside “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Loki, “The Morning Show,” and “Yellowjackets.” Of that group, “Loki” and “Yellowjackets” also received Best New Series nods.

Notably not among the nominees: “Squid Game.” Its writer/creator Hwang Dong-hyuk is not a member of the WGA, and therefore the series was ineligible, just like how “Fleabag” received no attention from the WGA for Phoebe Waller-Bridge not being a member several years ago.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

DRAMA SERIES

The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Yahlin ChangNina FioreDorothy FortenberryJacey HeldrichJohn HerreraBruce MillerAly MonroeKira SnyderEric Tuchman; Hulu

Loki, Written by Bisha K. AliElissa KarasikEric MartinMichael Waldron; Disney+

The Morning Show, Written by Jeff AugustinBrian ChamberlayneKerry EhrinKristen LaydenErica LipezJustin MatthewsAdam MilchStacy Osei-KuffourTorrey SpeerScott TroyAli Vingiano; Apple TV+

Succession, Written by Jesse ArmstrongJon BrownJamie CarragherTed CohenFrancesca GardinerLucy PrebbleGeorgia PritchettTony RocheSusan Soon He StantonWill Tracy; HBO/HBO Max

Yellowjackets, Written by Cameron Brent JohnsonKatherine KearnsJonathan LiscoAshley LyleBart NickersonLiz PhangAmeni RozsaSarah L. ThompsonChantelle M. Wells; Showtime

 

COMEDY SERIES

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Larry DavidSteve LeffCarol LeiferJeff SchafferNathaniel Stein; HBO/HBO Max

Hacks, Written by Lucia AnielloJoanna CaloJessica ChaffinPaul W. DownsCole EscolaJanis E. HirschAriel KarlinKatherine KearnsAndrew LawJoe MandePat ReganSamantha RileyMichael SchurJen Statsky; HBO/HBO Max 

Only Murders in the Building, Written by Thembi BanksMatteo BorgheseRachel BurgerKirker ButlerMadeleine GeorgeJohn HoffmanStephen MarkleySteve MartinKristin NewmanBen PhilippeKim RosenstockBen SmithRob Turbovsky; Hulu

Ted Lasso, Written by Jane BeckerAshley N. BlackLeann BowenSasha GarronBrett GoldsteinBrendan HuntJoe KellyBill LawrenceJamie LeeMichael Orton-ToliverJason SudeikisPhoebe WalshBill Wrubel; Apple TV+ 

What We Do in the Shadows, Written by Jake BenderJemaine ClementZach Dunn, Shana GohdSam JohnsonChris MarcilWilliam MenySarah NaftalisStefani RobinsonMarika SawyerPaul SimmsLauren Wells; FX Networks 

NEW SERIES

Hacks, Written by Lucia AnielloJoanna CaloJessica ChaffinPaul W. DownsCole EscolaJanis E. HirschAriel KarlinKatherine KearnsAndrew LawJoe MandePat ReganSamantha RileyMichael H. SchurJen Statsky; HBO/HBO Max

Loki, Written by Bisha K. AliElissa KarasikEric MartinMichael Waldron; Disney+

Only Murders in the Building, Written by Thembi BanksMatteo BorgheseRachel BurgerKirker ButlerMadeleine GeorgeJohn HoffmanStephen MarkleySteve MartinKristin NewmanBen PhilippeKim RosenstockBen SmithRob Turbovsky; Hulu

Reservation Dogs, Written by Tazbah Rose ChavezSydney FreelandSterlin HarjoMigizi PensoneauTommy PicoTaika WaititiBobby Wilson; FX Networks

Yellowjackets, Written by Cameron Brent JohnsonKatherine KearnsJonathan LiscoAshley LyleBart NickersonLiz PhangAmeni RozsaSarah L. ThompsonChantelle M. Wells; Showtime

ORIGINAL LONG FORM

American Horror Story: Double Feature, Written by Brad FalchukManny CotoRyan MurphyKristen ReidelReilly Smith; FX Networks

Mare of Easttown, Written by Brad Ingelsby; HBO/HBO Max 

Midnight Mass, Written by James FlanaganMike FlanaganElan GaleJeff HowardDani Parker; Netflix

Them: Covenant, Written by Christina HamLittle MarvinDavid MatthewsDominic OrlandoSeth Zvi RosenfeldFrancine Volpe; Prime Video

The White Lotus, Written by Mike White; HBO/HBO Max

ADAPTED LONG FORM

Halston, Written by Ian BrennanTed MalawerRyan MurphyTim PinckneySharr WhiteKristina Woo, Based on the book Simply Halston by Steven Gaines; Netflix

Impeachment: American Crime Story, Written by Flora BirnbaumSarah BurgessHalley FeifferDaniel Pearle, Based on the book A Vast Conspiracy by Jeffrey Toobin; FX Networks

Maid, Written by Rebecca BrunstetterMarcus GardleyMichelle Denise JacksonColin McKennaMolly Smith Metzler, Inspired by the book by Stephanie Land; Netflix

The Underground Railroad, Written by Jihan CrowtherAllison DavisJacqueline HoytBarry JenkinsNathan C. ParkerAdrienne Rush, Based on the novel by Colson Whitehead; Prime Video

WandaVision, Written by Peter CameronMackenzie DohrLaura DonneyBobak EsfarjaniChuck HaywardMegan McDonnellJac SchaefferCameron Squires, Based on the Marvel Comics; Disney+

ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA

Calls, Written by Fede AlvarezNick CuseAidan FitzgeraldNoah GardnerRodo Sayagues; Apple TV+

Debunking Borat, Written by Robyn AdamsPaul HoganJack Youngelson; Prime Video

The Expanse: One Ship, Written by Wes Chatham, Julianna DamewoodMark FergusHawk OstbyGlenton Richards; Prime Video

ANIMATION 

“An Incon-Wheelie-ent Truth” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Dan Fybel; Fox

“Loft in Bedslation” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Jameel Saleem, Fox

“Must Love Dogs” (Family Guy), Written by Daniel Peck; Fox

“Planteau” (Tuca & Bertie), Written by Lisa Hanawalt; Cartoon Network

“Portrait of a Lackey on Fire” (The Simpsons), Written by Rob LaZebnik & Johnny LaZebnik; Fox

“The Star of the Backstage” (The Simpsons), Written by Elisabeth Kiernen Averick; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA

“1883” (1883), Written by Taylor Sheridan; Paramount+

“Birth Mother” (This Is Us), Written by Eboni Freeman & Kay Oyegun; NBC

“La Amara Vita” (The Morning Show), Written by Kerry Ehrin & Scott Troy; Apple TV+

“The New Normal” (New Amsterdam), Written by David Schulner; NBC

“Retired Janitors of Idaho” (Succession), Written by Tony Roche & Susan Soon He Stanton; HBO/HBO Max

“Testimony” (The Handmaid’s Tale), Written by Kira Snyder; Hulu

EPISODIC COMEDY

“All Sales Final” (Superstore), Teleplay by Jonathan Green & Gabe Miller, Story by Justin Spitzer; NBC

“Alone At Last” (The Great), Written by Tony McNamara; Hulu

“Enlightened Dave” (Dave), Written by Luvh Rakhe & Lee Sung Jin; FX Networks

“Episode One: True Crime” (Only Murders in the Building), Written by Steve Martin & John Hoffman; Hulu

“F*ckin’ Rez Dogs” (Pilot) (Reservation Dogs), Written by Sterlin Harjo & Taika Waititi; FX Networks

“Pilot” (The Wonder Years), Written by Saladin K. Patterson; ABC

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES

Conan, Head Writer: Matt O’Brien Writers: Jose Arroyo, Glenn Boozan, Daniel Cronin, Andres du Bouchet, Jessie Gaskell, Skyler Higley, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Todd Levin, Levi MacDougall, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Frank Smiley, Mike Sweeney; TBS

Desus & Mero, Writers: Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker, Josh Gondelman, Robert Kornhauser, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez, Robert A. McRae, Heben Nigatu, Mike Pielocik, Julia Young; Showtime

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Johnathan Appel, Ali Barthwell, Tim Carvell, Liz Hynes, Greg Iwinski, Mark Kramer, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Owen Parsons, Charlie Redd, Joanna Rothkopf, Chrissy Shackelford, Ben Silva, Seena Vali; HBO/HBO Max

The Problem with Jon Stewart, Head Writer: Chelsea Devantez Writers: Kristen Acimovic, Henrik Blix, Rob Christensen, Jay Jurden, Alexa Loftus, Tocarra Mallard, Robby Slowik, Jon Stewart, Kasaun Wilson; Apple TV+

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES 

How To with John Wilson, Written by: Alice Gregory, Michael Koman, Conner O’Malley, Susan Orlean, John Wilson; HBO/HBO Max

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Writers: Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson, John Solomon; Netflix

PAUSE with Sam Jay, Writers: Emmy Blotnick, Ryan Donahue, Zack Fox, Megan Gailey, Robin M. Henry, Sam Jay, Langston Kerman, Jak Knight; HBO/HBO Max

Saturday Night Live, Head Writer: Michael CheAnna Drezen, Colin Jost, Kent SubletteSenior Writer: Bryan Tucker Weekend Update Head Writer: Pete Schultz, Weekend Update Writers: Megan Callahan-Shah, Dennis McNicholas, Josh Patten, Mark Steinbach  Supervising Writers: Alison Gates, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Streeter Seidell  Writers: James Anderson, Dan Bulla, Steven Castillo, Mike DiCenzo, Billy Domineau, Alex English, John Higgins, Steve Higgins, Martin Herlihy, Vannessa Jackson, Sam Jay, Erik Kenward, Tesha Kondrat, Dan Licata, Lorne Michaels, Ben Marshall, Jake Nordwind, Jasmine Pierce, Gary Richardson, Ben Silva, Emily Spivey, Will Stephen, Celeste Yim; NBC

That Damn Michael Che, Head Writer: Michael Che; Writing Supervised by: Gary Richardson; Writers: Rosebud Baker, Reggie Conquest, Godfrey Danchimah Jr., Calise Hawkins, Kevin Iso, Sam Jay, Matt Richards, Wil Sylvince; HBO/HBO Max

COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS

43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Dave Boone; CBS

Drew Michael: Red Blue Green, Written by Drew Michael; HBO/HBO Max

Full Frontal Wants to Take Your Guns, Head Writers: Kristen Bartlett, Mike Drucker Writers: Samantha Bee, Pat Cassels, Sean Crespo, Mike Drucker, Miles Kahn, Chris Thompson, Holly Walker, Alison Zeidman Writing Supervised by Joe Grossman, Sahar Rizvi Special Material by Michael Rhoa; TBS

The Tony Awards Presents: Broadway’s Back!, Written by Dave Boone Special Material by Amber Ruffin, Marc Shaiman, Daniel J. Watts, Scott Wittman Opening Number by Amber Ruffin, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman; CBS

Yearly Departed, Head Writer: Bess Kalb Writers: Karen Chee, Akilah Green, Franchesca Ramsey, Jocelyn Richard; Prime Video

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Baking It, Writers: Neil Casey, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino, Niccole Thurman; Peacock

Capital One College BowlHead Writer: Scott Saltzburg Writers: Rosemarie DiSalvo, Ryan Hopak, Jon Macks, Karissa Noel, Todd Sachs, Doug Shaffer, Grant Taylor, Bennett Webber; NBC

The Chase, Head Writer: David Levinson Wilk Writers: Erik Agard, Eliza Bayne, Kyle Beakley, Megan Broussard, Robert King, Amy Ozols, Bobby Patton, Ellen Teitel, Ari Yolkut; ABC

Jeopardy!, Writers: Michael Davies, John Duarte, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Mike Richards, Billy Wisse; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van EttenDan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara BloomSuzanne FlynnCharlotte GibsonLucky GoldKate HallElizabeth KorteShannon PeaceDavid RupelLisa SeidmanScott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan BanksJeff BeldnerSara A. BibelBrent BoydSusan DansbyChristopher DunnSara EndsleyJanice Ferri EsserMarin GazzanigaLynn MartinNatalie Minardi SlaterTeresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine BroderickJoanna CohenCarolyn CullitonRichard CullitonJamey GiddensDavid KreizmanRebecca McCartyRyan QuanDave RyanKatherine D. SchockElizabeth Snyder; NBC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC, LONG FORM AND SPECIALS

“A Big Favor for Grampy/A Fair Way to Bounce” (Donkey Hodie), Written by Adam Rudman & David Rudman, Joey Mazzarino; PBS KIDS/pbskids.org

“Park Ranger Percy / Lizard Lizzy” (Helpsters) Written by Annabeth Bondor-Stone, Connor White, Liz Hara; Apple TV+

“Rice” (Waffles + Mochi), Written by Lyric Lewis; Netflix“The Tale of the Midnight Magic” (Are You Afraid of the Dark?), Written by JT Billings, Alex Ebel; Nickelodeon“Which Witch?” (Just Beyond), Written by Mitali Jahagirdar; Disney+

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“The Healthcare Divide” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS

“The Jihadist” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith & Marcela Gaviria; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“A Writer” (Hemingway), Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS“Citizen” (Amend: The Fight for America), Written by Sasha Stewart and Robe Imbriano; Netflix

“Citizen Hearst, Part One” (American Experience), Written by Gene Tempest; PBS

“Round One” (Muhammad Ali), Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT 

“Against All Enemies” (60 Minutes), Written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley, Nicole Young; CBS News“Democracy Lost” (60 Minutes), Written by Oriana Zill de Granados, Sharyn Alfonsi; CBS News“The Unequal Recession” (60 Minutes), Written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley, Nicole Young; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“The Fall of Kandahar” (Vice News Tonight), Written by Amel Guettatfi, Ben C. Solomon, Vice News

“Handcuffed to the Truth” (60 Minutes) Written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley, Nicole Young; CBS News

“Unpacking How Child Welfare and Foster Care Fails Black Children” (Unpack That), Written by Joel Kahn, Felice León; The Root

“The Unstudied Link Between the COVID Vaccine and Periods” (Vice News Tonight), Written by Caitlin Bladt; Vice News

“Woman in Motion: Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols and The Transformation of NASA” (CBS Sunday Morning), Written by Daniel Elias, Michelle Miller; CBS

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