Tue. Jul 14th, 2020

Writers Guild Awards Unveils Nominations in TV, News and More Categories

Just a few hours after the Golden Globes picked its top TV honorees of the year, the Writers Guild of America presented a significantly different playing field in its nominations for the upcoming WGA Awards — one where, uniquely to 2019, the overlap between top series nominees and best episodic scripts is pretty scant.

Nominees in the drama series category are The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale and newcomer Succession. Of those five, Handmaid’s Tale is the reigning winner and the only series to also get a nomination for episodic writing. Maybe nominating voters wanted to spread the wealth, because other drama series with episodic nominations are Narcos: Mexico, This Is Us, The Affair, Homeland and Ozark.
The lack of episodic noms for top comedy nominees are just as striking. Atlanta, Barry, GLOW, The Good Place and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will vie for best comedy series. Only Barry, also nominated for best new series, received an episodic nomination for the HBO comedy’s pilot. It will compete with Forever, Santa Clarita Diet, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange Is the New Black and, perhaps most surprisingly, the pilot for the ABC sitcom The Kids Are Alright.
The rest of the nominees are listed below — where, most interestingly, the variety talk series category snubs Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel in favor of the teams behind Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert.

The nominations in the categories of best theatrical and documentary screenplay and videogame will be unveiled Monday, Jan. 7.


The 2019 Writers Guild Awards will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Beverly Hilton.


A list of the notable nominees can be found below:

Drama Series

“The Americans” “Better Call Saul” “The Crown” “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Succession”


To round out a busy Thursday of new awards nominees, the Writers Guild of America and Writers Guild of America, East announced their lists of the best that the eligibility window had to offer.

Awards season heavyweights “Atlanta,” “Barry,” and “The Crown” all garnered series nominations in their respective genres, with plenty of other programs like “Nathan for You,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Narcos: Mexico” and “Maniac” picking up recognition after being passed over at this morning’s Golden Globes announcement.


The Writers Guild Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 with events in both New York City and Los Angeles.

A list of the notable nominees can be found below:

Drama Series

“The Americans” “Better Call Saul” “The Crown” “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Succession”


Comedy Series

“Atlanta” “Barry” “GLOW” “The Good Place” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

New Series

“Barry” “The Haunting of Hill House” “Homecoming” “Pose” “Succession”

Long Form Original

“Castle Rock” “My Dinner with Hervé” “Paterno”

Long Form Adapted

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” “The Looming Tower” “Maniac” “Sharp Objects”

Short Form New Media Original 

“After Forever” “Class of Lies” “Love Daily” “West 40s”

Short Form New Media Adapted

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“Bart’s Not Dead” (“The Simpsons”) “Boywatch” (“Bob’s Burgers”) “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now” (“Bob’s Burgers”) “Krusty the Clown” (“The Simpsons”) “Mo Mommy Mo Problems” (“Bob’s Burgers”) “Send in Stewie, Please” (Family Guy”)

Episodic Drama

“Camelot” (“Narcos: Mexico”) “The Car” (“This Is Us”) “Episode 407” (“The Affair”) “First Blood” (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) “Paean To The People” (“Homeland”) “The Precious Blood of Jesus” (“Ozark”)

Episodic Comedy

“Another Place” (“Forever”) “Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (“Barry”) “Halibut!” (“Santa Clarita Diet”) “Kimmy and the Beest!” (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) “Pilot” (“The Kids Are Alright”) “Who Knows Better Than I” (“Orange Is the New Black”)

Comedy/Variety Talk Series

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series

“At Home with Amy Sedaris” “I Love You, America” “Nathan For You” “Portlandia” “Saturday Night Live”

Comedy/Variety Specials

“2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish” “Drew Michael” “The Fake News with Ted Nelms” “The Oscars 2018”



Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC


For a full list of the nominees from the realms of new media, radio/audio, news, and promotional writing, visit the Writers Guild of America website here.


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