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'Simpsons,' 'Boardwalk Empire' top Writers Guild TV noms

December 7, 2011 | 10:44 am

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Two new series, HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Showtime's "Homeland, broke into the top categories for the 2012 WGA Awards for Television and both were for drama. 

The dramas will face off with "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad" and "The Good Wife"-- proving the domination of cable networks in the general categories ofthis year's nominees. The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees Wednesday for achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing and graphic animation.

On the comedy side, "Louie," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Parks and Recreation" replaced last year's nominees "Glee," "The Office" and "Nurse Jackie."

Many of the usual faces filled many of the category slots -- AMC's "Breaking Bad" also has two episodes in the episodic drama category;  and "Modern Family," a big winner last year, is a multiple-nominee.

In the new series category, Fox's "New Girl" was the sole broadcast network nominee -- it's up against Showtime's Matt le Blanc laffer "Episodes" and "Homeland," AMC's "The Killing" and HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Overall, Fox's "The Simpsons" received the most nominations (all in the animation categories) -- a total of four. Receiving three nominations each were "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "Modern Family" and "Homeland." 

Here's a full list of the nominees:

The full list of nominees:


TELEVISION NOMINEES DRAMA SERIES 

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter;HBO 

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC 

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

The Good Wife, Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Meredith Averill, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Karen Hall, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Steve Lichtman, Matthew Montoya, Julia Wolfe; CBS 

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime 

COMEDY SERIES 

30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Hannibal Buress, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Jon Haller, Matt Hubbard, Colleen McGuinness, Dylan Morgan, John Riggi, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC 

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Alec Berg, Larry David, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer; HBO 

Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.; FX 

Modern Family, Written by Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Carol Leifer, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC 

Parks & Recreation, Written by Greg Daniels, Katie Dippold, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Emily Kapnek, Dave King, Greg Levine, Aisha Muharrar, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Brian Rowe, Michael Schur, Mike Scully, Emily Spivey, Alan Yang, Harris Wittels; NBC 

NEW SERIES 

Episodes, Written by David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik; Showtime Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO 

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime 

The Killing, Written by Linda Burstyn, Jeremy Doner, Soo Hugh, Dan Nowak, Nic Pizzolatto, Dawn Prestwich, Veena Sud, Nicole Yorkin, Aaron Zelman; AMC 

New Girl, Written by Nick Adams, Rachel Axler, Brett Baer, Donick Cary, Dave Finkel, Berkley Johnson, Josh Malmuth, Elizabeth Meriwether, J.J. Philbin, Joe Port, Luvh Rakhe, Joe Wiseman; Fox 

EPISODIC DRAMA 

“A Dangerous Maid” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Itamar Moses; HBO 

“The Age of Reason” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Bathsheba Doran; HBO 

“Box Cutter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC 

“End Times” (Breaking Bad), Written by Thomas Schnauz & Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC 

“The Good Soldier” (Homeland), Written by Henry Bromell; Showtime   “Just Let Go” (Dexter), Written by Jace Richdale; Showtime   

EPISODIC COMEDY 

“Caught in the Act” (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC 

“Goodbye Michael, Part 2” (The Office), Written by Greg Daniels; NBC 

“Mother’s Day” (Modern Family), Written by Dan O’Shannon & Ilana Wernick; ABC 

“Object Impermanence” (Weeds), Written by Stephen Falk; Showtime 

“PDA” (The Office), Written by Robert Padnick; NBC “Queen of Jordan” (30 Rock), Written by Tracey Wigfield;

NBC LONG FORM – ORIGINAL 

Cinema Verite, Written by David Seltzer; HBO 

Five,“Pearl,” Written by Deirdre O’Connor, “Charlotte,” Written by Stephen Godchaux, “Cheyanne,” Written by Howard Morris, “Lili,” Written by Jill Gordon, “Mia,” Written by Wendy West; Lifetime 

LONG FORM – ADAPTED 

Mildred Pierce, Teleplay by Todd Haynes & Jon Raymond, Based on the novel by James M. Cain; HBO 

Too Big to Fail, Written by Peter Gould, Based on the book written by Andrew Ross Sorkin; HBO 

ANIMATION 

“Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts” (The Simpsons), Written by Tim Long; Fox 

“The Blue and the Gray” (The Simpsons), Written by Rob LaZebnik; Fox 

“Donnie Fatso” (The Simpsons), Written by Chris Cluess; Fox “Homer the Father” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox 

“Moonstruck” (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien), Written by Len Uhley; Cartoon Network 

“The Silence of the Clamps” (Futurama), Written by Eric Rogers; Comedy Central 

COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES

Conan, Writers: Jose Arroyo, Andres du Bouchet, Deon Cole, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Matt O'Brien, Jesse Popp, Andy Richter, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney; TBS 

Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Writers: Leo Allen, Jon Benjamin; Comedy Central 

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Head Writer: AD Miles, Writers: David Angelo, Patrick Borelli, Gerard Bradford, Jeremy Bronson, Mike DiCenzo, Jimmy Fallon, John Haskell, Eric Ledgin, Dan Opsal, Amy Ozols, Gavin Purcell, Diallo Riddle, Jon Rineman, Bashir Salahuddin, Justin Shanes, Michael Shoemaker, Jen Statsky, CJ Toledano; NBC 

Real Time with Bill Maher, Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Amani Redd; HBO 

Saturday Night Live, Head Writer: Seth Meyers, Writers: Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Heather Anne Campbell, Matt Craig, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Tom Flanigan, Shelly Gossman, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Jonathan Krisel, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker; NBC 

The Colbert Report, Writers: Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello,  Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Barry Julien, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Scott Sherman, Max Werner; Comedy Central 

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Writers: Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Richard Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central 

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS 

After the Academy Awards, Head Writers: Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney; Writers: Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, John N. Huss, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Kimmel, Jacob Lentz, Danny Ricker, Richard G. Rosner; ABC 

The Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Lewis Friedman, Sara Lukinson, Michael Stevens, George Stevens, Jr.; CBS 

DAYTIME DRAMA

 All My Children, Written by Jeff Beldner, Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Lisa K. Connor, Chris Dunn, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, David Kreizman, Dave Ryan, Donna Swajeski, Rebecca Taylor, Addie Walsh; ABC 

General Hospital, Written by Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza, Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald, Tracey Thomson; ABC 

The Young and the Restless, Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Sarah Smith, Sandra Weintraub, Chris Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman;

CBS CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS

 “The Good Birds Club” (Sesame Street), Written by Joseph Mazzarino; PBS “Hero of the Shadows” (Supah Ninjas), Written by Leo Chu, Eric S. Garcia; Nickelodeon 

“i Lost My Mind” (iCarly), Written by Dan Schneider, Matt Fleckenstein; Nickelodeon 

“Luther Turns 4” (Zeke and Luther), Written by Devin Bunje, Nick Stanton; Disney XD 

“Oh, Brother” (The Troop), Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon 

“The Prince Frog” (Imagination Movers), Written by Jennifer Heftler, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Vivien Mejia, Michael G. Stern; Disney Channel 

DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS

 “Smartest Machine on Earth” (Nova), Written by Julia Cort, Michael Bicks; PBS 

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

“Top Secret America” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser; PBS 

DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

 “Dinosaur Bone War” (American Experience), Written by Mark Davis; PBS 

“Episode One: A New Adam, a New Eden” (God in America), Written by David Belton; PBS 

“Freedom Riders” (American Experience), Written by Stanley Nelson; PBS 

“The Great Famine” (American Experience), Written by Austin Hoyt; PBS 

“Making Stuff Smarter” (Nova), Written by Daniel McCabe; PBS “Prohibition: Episode Two: A Nation of Scofflaws,” Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS “Triangle Fire” (American Experience), Written by Mark Zwonitzer; PBS 

“Wiki Secrets” (Frontline), Written by Marcela Gaviria & Martin Smith; PBS 

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

 “An American Tragedy in Joplin” (ABC World News with Diane Sawyer), Written by Lisa Ferri, Julia Kathan; ABC 

“The Bond King” (CBS News), Written by Polly Leider; CBS 

“CBS News Special Report-9/11: Ten Years Later” (CBS News), Written by Jerry Cipriano; CBS 

“Educating Sergeant Pantzke” (Frontline), Written by John Maggio, Martin Smith; PBS 

“North Carolina Sterilization” (CBS News), Written by Amy Westerby; CBS 

“The Shootings in Tucson” (ABC Weekend World News), Written by Joel Siegel, Karen Mooney, David Muir; ABC 

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY 

“Blind Surfers” (ABC News), Written by Joel Siegel, Sharyn Alfonsi; ABC 

“Doctor Hot Spot” (Frontline), Written by Thomas Jennings; PBS 

“Flying Cheaper” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS 

“The Year in Politics” (CBS News), Written by Heather M. Scott; CBS 

RADIO NOMINEES DOCUMENTARY 2010

Year in Review, Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio News 

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING REPORT

 Portraits of a Terrorist: Who is Osama Bin Laden?, Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio News 

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

 Justice in a Time of Terror, Written by Andrew Cohen & Rob Mank; CBS Radio News So Many Goodbyes, Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio News 

PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION NOMINEES ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION) 

“Fairytale” (Today Show), Written by Carol M. Sullivan; NBC News 

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION 

“CBS News Animations” (CBS News), Graphic Animation by David Rosen; CBS News 

 

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Photo: A scene from HBO's "Game of Thrones," which received multiple nominations for the 2012 WGA Awards. Credit: HBO

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