AceShowbiz - Despite being a newbie, "Modern Family" will give a heavy competition for older shows. The half-hour comedy series nabs three nominations from 2010 Writers Guild Awards, the same amount that "Mad Men", "30 Rock" and "The Office" get.
"Modern" is to fight for Best Comedy category with "Office" and "30 Rock" in addition to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and fellow newcomer "Glee". The pilot has also helped "Modern" in scoring a nomination for Episodic Comedy which again lists "30 Rock" and "Office". For being new, "Modern" is put under Best New Series along with "Glee", "The Good Wife", "Hung" and "Nurse Jackie".
Meanwhile, "Mad Men" is a dominator of the drama series, taking in Best Drama nomination and two Episodic Drama nods. Other drama competitors include "Lost", "Dexter", "True Blood" and "Friday Night Lights".
The biggest surprise of all is the inclusion of HBO's low-profile comedy "Eastbound & Down" in the Episodic category. Moreover, "The Simpsons" is a clear winner of the Best Episodic Animation category because it secures all five slots.
Not only honoring works of writers in television, WGA will also announce the contenders of feature films on January 11. The winners will be presented on February 20 at WGA ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Below is the primary list of nominees. The full one can be found at WGA.org along with the name of the writers.
"Broken, Part 1 and Part 2" ("House M.D.") - Fox
LONG FORM - ORIGINAL
LONG FORM - ADAPTATION
"America" - Lifetime
"The Burns and the Bees" ("The Simpsons") - Fox
COMEDY / VARIETY - (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES