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Here are the nominees for the 2019 Writers Guild's TV awards

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association got all the headlines very early this morning with its Golden Globe nominees, but it’s not the only organization that wants to hand out some trophies early next year. One of the others is the Writers Guild Of America, which has just announced the nominees for the TV categories at the WGA Awards. We won’t get the film nominees until January, which creates slightly more work for the brave and noble people who write about this stuff for a living, but at least the TV nominees are getting their day in the sun.

As for the actual nominees, it’s hard to argue with a lot of them—and not just because writers are brilliant and rarely make mistakes. In the best drama category, the nominees are The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Succession (arguably an unexpected pick), with the best comedy nominees being Atlanta, Barry, GLOW, The Good Place, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Homecoming and The Haunting Of Hill House join a few of those shows in the best new series category.

Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons lead the episodic animation category, with some surprising appearances from Homeland, Ozark, and Santa Clarita Diet in the episodic drama and comedy categories. Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is the only major player to be left out of the talk show category, and Nathan For You got a well-deserved nod in the sketch category.


The WGA Awards will be handed out during concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on February 17. The most noteworthy categories are below, and the full list is available at Deadline.

Best Writing In A Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale


Best Writing In A Comedy Series




The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Writing In A New Series


The Haunting Of Hill House




Best Long Form Original

Castle Rock

My Dinner with Hervé


Best Long Form Adapted

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The Looming Tower


Sharp Objects


“Bart’s Not Dead” (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis

“Boywatch” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Rich Rinaldi

“Just One Of The Boyz 4 Now For Now” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux

“Krusty The Clown” (The Simpsons), Written by Ryan Koh

“Mo Mommy Mo Problems” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Steven Davis

“Send In Stewie, Please” (Family Guy), Written by Gary Janetti

Best Episodic Drama Writing

“Camelot” (Narcos: Mexico), Written by Eric Newman & Clayton Trussell

“The Car” (This Is Us), Written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger

“Episode 407” (The Affair), Teleplay by Lydia Diamond and Sarah Sutherland, Story by Jaquen Tee Castellanos and Sarah Sutherland


“First Blood” (The Handmaid’s Tale), Written by Eric Tuchman

“Paean To The People” (Homeland), Written by Alex Gansa

“The Precious Blood Of Jesus” (Ozark), Written by David Manson

Best Episodic Comedy Writing

“Another Place” (Forever), Teleplay by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard

“Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (Barry), Written by Alec Berg & Bill Hader

“Halibut!” (Santa Clarita Diet), Written by Victor Fresco

“Kimmy And The Beest!” (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Written by Robert Carlock

“Pilot” (The Kids Are Alright), Written by Tim Doyle

“Who Knows Better Than I” (Orange Is the New Black), Written by Jenji Kohan

Best 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

Best Comedy/Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris

I Love You, America

Nathan For You


Saturday Night Live


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