breaking bad 506 buyout bryan cranston aaron paul 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' dominate Writers Guild TV nominations“Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” are the clear front-runners in the nominations for the 2013 Writers Guild of America Awards.

Both shows are nominated in their respective series categories, and they each occupy at least half the slots in the episodic categories. “Breaking Bad” scored four of the six nominations for individual drama episodes — that’s half of the episodes the AMC series aired in 2012 — while “Modern Family” has three of the six episodic comedy nods.

The other series nominees are “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men” in the drama category and “30 Rock,” “Girls,” “Louie” and “Parks and Recreation” on the comedy side.

Here are the prime-time categories in the 2013 WGA Awards. See the full list here.

Drama series

“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Game of Thrones”
“Mad Men”

Comedy series

“30 Rock”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”

New series

“The Mindy Project”
“The Newsroom”

Episodic drama

“Buyout (“Breaking Bad”), Gennifer Hutchison
“Dead Freight” (“Breaking Bad”), George Mastras
“Fifty-One” (“Breaking Bad”), Sam Catlin
“New Car Smell” (“Homeland”), Meredith Stiehm
“The Other Woman” (“Mad Men”), Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner
“Say My Name” (“Breaking Bad”), Thomas Schnauz

Episodic comedy

“The Debate” (“Parks and Recreation”), Amy Poehler
“Episode 9” (“Episodes”), David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik
“Leap Day” (“30 Rock”), Luke Del Tredici
“Little Bo Bleep” (“Modern Family”), Cindy Chupack
“Mistery Date” (“Modern Family”), Jeffrey Richman
“Virgin Territory” (“Modern Family”), Elaine Ko

Long form – original

“Hatfields and McCoys, Nights Two and Three,” teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann
“Hemingway & Gellhorn,” Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner
“Pilot” (“Political Animals”), Greg Berlanti

Long form – adapted

“Coma, Nights 1 and 2,” John McLaughlin, based on the book by Robin Cook
“Game Change,” Danny Strong, based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann


“A Farewell to Arms” (“Futurama”), Josh Weinstein
“Forget-Me-Not” (“Family Guy”), David A. Goodman
“Holidays of Future Passed” (“The Simpsons”), J. Stewart Burns
“Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda” (“The Simpsons”), Jeff Westbrook
“Treehouse of Horror XXIII” (“The Simpsons”), David Mandel and Brian Kelley

Comedy/variety series

“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Key & Peele”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

Posted by:Rick Porter