At almost the same time, the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America announced their own picks for the best of the year in TV. Having received critical acclaims, the likes of "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones", "Modern Family" and "The Good Wife" get a chance to shine at both award events.
"Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones" and "Good Wife" are pitted against each other in the Drama Series category on WGA's list. They additionally have to face "Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" for the prize.
In Comedy Series category, WGA nominates award-winning shows "Modern Family", "30 Rock", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Parks and Recreation" alongside FX's new series "Louie". Another fresh comedy "New Girl", meanwhile, appears in New Series category which also has "Episodes", "Game of Thrones", "Homeland" and "The Killing" as the contenders.
With its own rules that only qualify a show which has aired at least half its episodes by May 31, 2011, PGA Awards automatically eliminates "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" from its nomination list.
On the other hand, "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones" and "Good Wife" still show their domination by coming out as the nominees of the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. They will face off "Dexter" and "Mad Men" in the race to win the title.
PGA's picks of the best comedy shows are not too different to those of WGA, with the exception of "Glee" and "The Big Bang Theory" replacing "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Louie". As for Competition Television category, the Producers Guild names "The Amazing Race", "American Idol", "Dancing with the Stars", "Project Runway" and "Top Chef" as the contenders.
The 2012 WGA Awards will announce its winners on February 9, while the ceremony for the 23rd Annual PGA Awards will take place earlier, on January 21 to be exact. The latter event will also present special honors to such icons as Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Clint Eastwood.
Nominees of the 2012 WGA Awards