2014 Writers Guild Nominees Announced. 'Orange Is The New Black' Makes The Cut. No 'Scandal' Though

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 5, 2013 1:36 PM
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The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Proving once again that the best-written shows (especially dramas) are on cable TV, here are your 2014 WGA nominees for television.

Another year without a nomination for Scandal, which I'm sure the "Gladiators" won't be too pleased about. But, as I said, cable TV shows dominate in the dramatic categories. It's been that way for years now.

And in terms of "black shows," or shows with significant black characters in prominent roles, Orange Is The New Black is nominated in 3 different categories.

The full list of nominees below via press release:

DRAMA SERIES 

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

The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, William E. Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Barbara Hall, Patrick Harbinson, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Charlotte Stoudt, James Yoshimura; Showtime

House of Cards, Written by Kate Barnow, Rick Cleveland, Sam R. Forman, Gina Gionfriddo, Keith Huff, Sarah Treem, Beau Willimon; Netflix

Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC

COMEDY SERIES 

30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Lang Fisher, Matt Hubbard, Colleen McGuinness, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Nina Pedrad, Josh Siegal, Tracey Wigfield; NBC

Modern Family, Written by Paul Corrigan, Bianca Douglas, Megan Ganz, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Audra Sielaff, Emily Spivey, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

Parks and Recreation, Written by Megan Amram, Donick Cary, Greg Daniels, Nate DiMeo, Emma Fletcher, Rachna Fruchbom, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Matt Hubbard, Dave King, Greg Levine, Joe Mande, Sam Means, Aisha Muharrar, Matt Murray, Amy Poehler, Alexandra Rushfield, Michael Schur, Jen Statsky, Harris Wittels, Alan Yang; NBC

Orange Is the New Black, Written by Liz Friedman, Sian Heder, Tara Herrmann, Sara Hess, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Gary Lennon, Lauren Morelli, Marco Ramirez; Netflix

Veep, Written by Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO
 

NEW SERIES 

The Americans, Written by Michael Batistick, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Melissa James Gibson, Sneha Koorse, Joe Weisberg, Bradford Winters; FX

House of Cards, Written by Kate Barnow, Rick Cleveland, Sam R. Forman, Gina Gionfriddo, Keith Huff, Sarah Treem, Beau Willimon; Netflix

Masters of Sex, Written by Michelle Ashford, Tyler Bensinger, Michael Cunningham, Lyn Greene, Richard Levine, Amy Lippman, Sam Shaw, Noelle Valdivia; Showtime

Orange Is the New Black, Written by Liz Friedman, Sian Heder, Tara Herrmann, Sara Hess, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Gary Lennon, Lauren Morelli, Marco Ramirez; Netflix

Ray Donovan, Written by Ann Biderman, Sean Conway, David Hollander, Brett Johnson, Ron Nyswaner; Showtime
 

EPISODIC DRAMA 

“Buried” (Breaking Bad), Written by Thomas Schnauz; AMC

“Confessions” (Breaking Bad), Written by Gennifer Hutchison; AMC

“Episode 101” (House of Cards), Teleplay by Beau Willimon; Netflix

“Granite State” (Breaking Bad), Written by Peter Gould; AMC

“Hitting the Fan” (The Good Wife), Written by Robert King & Michelle King; CBS 

“Pilot” (Masters of Sex), Written by Michelle Ashford; Showtime

EPISODIC COMEDY 

“Career Day” (Modern Family), Written by Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh; ABC

“Farm Strong” (Modern Family), Written by Elaine Ko; ABC

“Hogcock!” (30 Rock), Written by Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock; NBC

“Lesbian Request Denied” (Orange Is the New Black), Written by Sian Heder; Netflix

“Leslie and Ben” (Parks and Recreation), Written by Michael Schur & Alan Yang; NBC

“Pilot” (Orange Is the New Black), Teleplay by Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan; Netflix

LONG FORM – ADAPTED 

Killing Kennedy, Written by Kelly Masterson, Based on the book by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard; National Geographic

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Written by Shawn Slovo, Based on the book by Howard Bingham and Max Wallace; HBO


SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL

“Episode 4: The Collected Sylvia” (Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective), Written by Mike Simses; sylviaplathgirldetective.com

“Episode 8” (Lauren, Season 2), Written by Jay Rodan; youtube.com/wigs

“I Do Over Part 1” (Husbands), Written by Bradley C. Bell & Jane Espenson; cwseed.com

“I Do Over Part 2” (Husbands), Written by Bradley C. Bell & Jane Espenson; cwseed.co

ANIMATION 

“A Test Before Trying” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox

“Game of Tones” (Futurama), Written by Michael Rowe; Comedy Central

“Hardly Kirk-ing” (The Simpsons), Written by Tom Gammill & Max Pross; Fox

“Murder on the Planet Express” (Futurama), Written by Lew Morton; Comedy Central

“Saturday Morning Fun Pit” (Futurama), Written by Patric M. Verrone; Comedy Central

“Yolo” (The Simpsons), Written by Michael Nobori; Fox


COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES

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

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

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Head Writer: Tim Carvell Writers: Rory Albanese, Steve Bodow, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Matt Koff, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central

Jimmy Kimmel Live, Writers: Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gary Greenberg, Josh Holloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Bryan Paulk, Danny Ricker, Rick Rosner;ABC

Portlandia, Writers: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley; IFC

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Seth Meyers, Colin Jost Writers: James Anderson, Alex Baze, Neil Casey, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Joe Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Mike O’Brien, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker; NBC Universal


COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas, Head Writers: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts Writers: Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders;NBC


QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Jeopardy!, Written by John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC


DAYTIME DRAMA

Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher J. Whitesell; NBC

General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey Thomson Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS


CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS

“influANTces” (A.N.T. Farm), Written by Vincent Brown; Nickelodeon

"The Haunted Cave" (Spooksville), Written by Jim Krieg; Hub Network

“Simon Says” (Sesame Street), Written by Christine Ferraro; PBS


DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS

“Cliffhanger” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

“Egypt in Crisis” (Frontline), Written by Marcela Gaviria & Martin Smith; PBS


DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Abolitionists” (American Experience), Written by Rob Rapley; PBS

“The Choice 2012” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS

“Episode 1” (The Dust Bowl), Written by Dayton Duncan; PBS

“Silicon Valley” (American Experience), Telescript by Randall MacLowry and Michelle Ferrari; Story by Randall MacLowry;PBS


NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“The Election of Pope Francis” (CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley), Written by Jerry Cipriano, Joe Clines and Scott Pelley; CBS

“The Fall of Lance Armstrong” (60 Minutes), Written by Michael Radutzky, Michael Rey, Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS

“The Inauguration of the President” (CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley), Written by Jerry Cipriano and Joe Clines; CBS

“Tragedy at Newtown” Special Edition (ABC World News with Diane Sawyer), Written by Lisa Ferri and Matt Negrin; ABC


NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Lethal Medicine” (60 Minutes), Written by Michael Rey, Oriana Zill de Granados, Michael Radutzky; CBS

"Throwback Thursday – Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson” (ABC World News Now), Written by Matt Nelko; ABC

“Vinyl Revival’ (CBS News), Written by Polly Leider; CBS

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10 Comments

  • Akimbo | December 6, 2013 11:29 PMReply

    I like Scandal (though this season is severely lacking), but I think few fans are delusional enough to think it's the best written show on TV. It's juicy, exciting, and crazy, but not as layered or well-crafted as the real contenders.

  • NO BRAINER | December 6, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    Why are you people so surprised that "Scandal" isn't nominated for any major writing awards? I have seen a few episodes of the show and I didn't see anything that screamed award winning quality writing.

  • Mekisha Hale | December 6, 2013 3:59 AMReply

    Well another year of 2014 Writers Guild Nomination. The problem there aren't any nominations for "Scandal". Not shocking that every year it's ignored as I read in the article. The problem with these nominations is it reflects the lack of diversity.
    The lack of powerful parts for women which is Kerry Washington in Scandal. Hell what about America Horror Story:The Coven what it didn't get in this year for the fear of to many women or more diversity in the cast. I think it's the fear of what is becoming a more diversity in the real sense then really saying these shows show some depth. In my opinion some aren't worth the nomination. Yes,I agree that "The Good Wife" which I do enjoy is making the best season ever this year. But on the other side of this the lack of diversity in the writing department. I have to confess that yes there aren't as many in the world of television that write which are of diversity. But there are some and not recognizing these writers is showing that they don't want to recognize.
    Seeing women behind the bars is really achievement in the cast,but what about all sort of women in role that define what a women or a woman of color should be in. This isn't that hard for almost two seasons "Scandal" has existed on television it's the hottest show on television someone is watching the show it's not like yesterday people found that the show has a loyal audience. But these awards shows really are a trip really thinking that there putting together some of the most important show on air. But aren't recognizing a popular show on air like "Scandal" is definitely a slap in the face. And this is only a example of why it's so important to enjoy what you watch and don't get surprise if there isn't any recognition for your favorite show. It's that fear again to recognize that talent give talent what it deserves there something about what the character Olivia Pope of "Scandal" does she means a deeper meaning in the world of politics these days and how real the issues that the show reflects. All this going around the circle giving reasons for the lack of this and that are just what's underneath what is the truth. A woman of color shouldn't have that much intellect to manage such a complex job and a life and the help she provides for others who can't find the power are who aren't powerful and others who are of that power. It's a difficult and probably the most complex character on television.
    Now to explain that there are other shows that have been nominated then congratulation but lets really get real. To recognize to not recognize is the trouble with the recent fame and change in Hollywood. It's not fast enough or either it's too slow. But for some reason it's different from the other times I could remember. Who would have thought the most intriguing actress on air would be the great actress Kerry Washington on the best show on television. The lead of the show,no matter how you feel about the description are the story line. She's powerful in so many ways. So if it doesn't get a nomination that's ok because it's the creation the work the words that the actors and actresses for making such an amazing show. So I'm saying it's probably to be the rebel then be just this show that wants to be like everyone else daring to be different there's nothing wrong that.

  • saadiyah | December 6, 2013 10:30 AM

    I'm sorry Scandal isn't great in the writing department at all. Shonda blew a great opportunity to show a well-rounded Black woman in charge, kicking butt and taking names. Kerry does great (I do without the lip quivering) with the less than stellar material that she's given. This season in particular has been shot to hell. Scandal is popular because the plot lines are "bananas", but that doesn't translate to quality television. I bet if Shonda and company stuck to a portrayal more true to Judy Smith's life and work, it would be killer. Instead it's become the typical night time soap opera with the recycled, unbelievable and predictable themes.

    I had really high hopes for American Horror Story Coven, but as time goes on I become less interested in the characters and story. They spend far too little time on G. Sidibe and A. Bassett's characters. Even with the White characters, there are plot holes galore and unnecessary characters being thrown in.

    It's wonderful to have diversity, but it seems writers just can't seem rise to the task. They don't know what to do with their POC characters, so the stories devolve into outrageousness and nonsense.

    These shows aren't automatically quality because they feature Black characters or have Black people in charge behind the scenes. It's also not the case that Hollywood only recognizes (with awards) shows that feature Black people in a certain (negative) light. If that was the case The Wire would have been given a boatload of awards during it's run! Now that was a superb example of excellent writing and acting. Scandal doesn't hold a candle to The Wire!!!!

    We'll see how things pan out for Orange is the New Black.

  • Bauggs | December 6, 2013 12:40 AMReply

    Oh no it made it into the category three times, but how in the hell did Moira Walley-Beckett not get a nod for Breaking Bad's "Ozymandias"?

  • saadiyah | December 5, 2013 4:42 PMReply

    Orange is the New Black is EXCELLENT. It started off a little slow, but as each character and the storyline became developed it became addicting. So many wonderfully written and acted characters. I can't wait until season 2!!!

  • saadiyah | December 5, 2013 4:40 PMReply

    I used to be a hard-core Scandal fan, but the writing IMO took a nosedive earlier this year. Their episodes are written to shock, "make your head explode" and create Twitter hash tags. I wish they would get back to writing good characters and stories. This season has been all over the place. I no longer feel Scandal is must see TV for me.

    The show has so much potential.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | December 5, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    Scandal is not a well written or acted show. Im not surprised that they weren't nominated. It has mass appeal and some good looking actors. I respect those that support it as die hard fans. But it just doesn't appeal to me. It's just average. JMO

  • NO BRAINER | December 6, 2013 1:50 PM

    (beaming D.C. KIRKWOOD up to the heavens)

  • Rhonda | December 5, 2013 2:31 PMReply

    This must be fixed because I don't think SNL should have gotten any nomination for writing being that the show is not even remotely funny any more! The awards are and will always be about who you know and who knows you! Thank goodness we have the internet where we can see some really good writers who are not apart of the "good ole boy" system get a chance to shine!

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