Cable was prominently featured Monday when the Writers Guild of America East and West announced their nominations for outstanding achievement in television during the 2008 season. The winners will be honored at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards Feb. 7 in New York and Los Angeles.
The TV nominees included:
Showtime’s Dexter, written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fiero, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann.
NBC’s Friday Night Lights, written byBridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman.
ABC’s Lost, written by Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L. Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan.
AMC’s Mad Men, written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner.
HBO’s The Wire, Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, David Mills, David Simon, William F. Zorzi, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos.
NBC’s 30 Rock, written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner.
HBO’s Entourage, written by Doug Ellin, Jeremy Miller, Ally Musika, Steve Pink, Rob Weiss.
NBC’s The Office, written by Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Brent Forrester, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan.
Fox’s The Simpsons, written by J. Stewart Burns, Daniel Chun, Joel H. Cohen, Kevin Curran, John Frink, Tom Gammill, Stephanie Gillis, Dan Greaney, Reid Harrison, Al Jean, Billy Kimball, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Bill Odenkirk, Carolyn Omine, Don Payne, Michael Price, Max Pross, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, Matt Warburton, Jeff Westbrook, Marc Wilmore, William Wright.
Showtime’s Weeds, written by Roberto Benabib, Mark A. Burley, Ron Fitzgerald, David aHolstein, Rolin Jones, Brendan Kelly, Jenji Kohan, Victoria Morrow, Matthew Salsberg.
AMC’s Breaking Bad, written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Patty Lin, George Mastras.
Fox’s Fringe, written by JJ Abrams, Jason Cahill, Julia Cho, David H. Goodman, Felicia Henderson, Brad Caleb Kane, Alex Kurtzman, Darin Morgan, J.R. Orci, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Zack Whedon.
HBO’s In Treatment, written by Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Meritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem.
ABC’s Life on Mars, written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Becky Hartman Edwards, David Wilcox, Adele Lim, Bryan Oh, Tracy McMillan, Sonny Postiglione, Phil M. Rosenberg, Meredith Averill.
HBO’s True Blood, written by Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo, Nancy Oliver, Chris Offutt.
Episodic drama, any length—one airing time:
“Don’t Ever Change” (House), written by Doris Egan & Leonard Dick; Fox
“Double Booked” (Burn Notice), written by Craig O’Neill & Jason Tracey; USA
“Gray Matter” (Breaking Bad), written by Patty Lin; AMC
“Pilot” (Breaking Bad), written by Vince Gilligan; AMC
“Pilot” (Eli Stone), written by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim; ABC
“There’s Something About Harry” (Dexter), written by Scott Reynolds; Showtime
Long Form, original, over one hour—one or two parts, one or two airing times:
An American Crime, Written by Tommy O’Haver and Irene Turner; Showtime
“Pilot” (Fringe), Written by JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; Fox
Recount, Written by Danny Strong; HBO
Long Form, adaptation, over one hour—one or two parts, one or two airing times:
Generation Kill, “Episode 6,” Teleplay by Ed Burns, Story by David Simon and EdBurns, Based on the book by Evan Wright; “Episode 7,” Teleplay by David Simon, Story by David Simon and Ed Burns, Based on the book by Evan Wright; HBO
John Adams, “Episode 1, Join or Die,” Teleplay by Kirk Ellis, Based on the book by David McCullough; “Episode 2, Independence,” Teleplay by Kirk Ellis, Based on the book by David McCullough; HBO
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Teleplay by John Pielmeier, Based on the book by Kim Edwards; Lifetime
Comedy/ Variety – (including talk) series:
Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Writers Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, MattO'Brien,Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg; NBC
Late Show with David Letterman, Head Writers Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Writers Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Steve Young, Tom Ruprecht, Lee Ellenberg, Matt Roberts, Jeremy Weiner, Joe Grossman, Bill Scheft, Bob Borden, Frank Sebastiano, David Letterman; CBS
Real Time with Bill Maher, WritersBill Maher, Billy Martin, Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Danny Vermont; HBO
Saturday Night Live, Head Writers Seth Meyers, Andrew Steele, Paula Pell, Writers Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Robert Smigel, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker, Additional Sketches by Robert Carlock; NBC
The Colbert Report, Head Writers Allison Silverman, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Writers Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Groz, Peter Gwinn, Barry Julien, Laura Krafft, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Meredith Scardino; Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Head Writer Steve Bodow, Writers Rory Albanese, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, J.R. Havlan, DJ Javerbaum, Rob Kutner, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, John Oliver, JasonRoss, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central
Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials:
2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Aaron Lee, Jennifer Celotta, Rainn Wilson; IFC/AMC
Jimmy Kimmel’s Big Night of Stars, Written by Jimmy Kimmel, Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney, Bryan Paulk, Ned Rice, Jon Bines, Will Burke, Rick Rosner, Jake Lentz, Sal Iacono, Tony Barbieri; ABC
Children’s Episodic and Specials:
“Elmo's Christmas Countdown” (Sesame Workshop), Written by Joey Mazzarino; ABC
“Spencer's 18th Birthday” (South of Nowhere), Written by Arika Lisanne Mittman; The “N”
“The Un-Party” (Imagination Movers), Written by Scott Gray; Disney Channel
Chidren’s Script – Long Form or Special:
“Polar Bears” (The Naked Brothers Band), Written by Polly Draper; Nickelodeon