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News Release: December 14, 2005
2006 Writers Guild Awards Television and Radio Nominees Announced

LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK -- The Writers Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America, west have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television writing during the 2005 season.

 

TELEVISION NOMINEES

For the first time in the history of the guilds, three new television award categories will recognize overall excellence in writing of episodic series. These new awards — Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a Dramatic Series, Comedy Series, and New Series — will be presented to all the writers of the winning series. The nominated series in these categories were voted on by the memberships of both guilds.

 

DRAMATIC SERIES

DEADWOOD, Written by Regina Corrado, Sara Hess, Ted Mann, Bryan McDonald, Bernadette McNamara, David Milch, Victoria Morrow, Peter Ocko, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steve Shill, Nick Towne, Jody T. Worth; HBO

GREY’S ANATOMY, Written by Zoanne A. Clack, Ann Hamilton, Kip Koenig, Stacy McKee, James Parriott, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Shonda Rhimes, Mimi Schmir, Gabrielle Stanton, Krista Vernoff, Harry Werksman Jr., Mark Wilding; ABC

LOST, Written by  JJ Abrams, Kim Clements, Carlton Cuse, Leonard Dick, Paul Dini, Brent Fletcher, David Fury, Drew Goddard, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Adam Horowitz, Jennifer M. Johnson, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon L. Lindelof, Lynne Litt, Monica Macer, Steven Maeda, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Janet Tamaro, Christian Taylor, Craig Wright; ABC

SIX FEET UNDER, Written by Alan E. Ball, Scott R. Buck, Rick Cleveland, Bruce E. Kaplan, Nancy Oliver, Kate Robin, Jill Soloway, Craig Wright; HBO

THE WEST WING, Written by Eli G. Attie, Debora T. Cahn, Carol Flint, Mark A. Goffman, Alex Graves, Peter R. Noah, Lawrence O'Donnell Jr., Lauren E. Schmidt, Josh Singer, Aaron Sorkin, John M. Wells, Bradley Whitford, John Sacret Young; NBC

 

COMEDY SERIES

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, Written by Barbie Feldman Adler, Brad E. Copeland, Jennifer Crittenden,Richard Day, Karey Dornetto, Jake Farrow, Abraham Higginbotham, Mitchell D. Hurwitz, Sam Laybourne, John S. Levenstein, Courtney Lilly, Dean Lorey, Chuck Martin, Lisa Parsons, Richard A. Rosenstock, Tom Saunders, Maria Semple, Chuck Tatham, James A. Vallely, Ron Weiner; Fox

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, Written by Larry David; HBO

ENTOURAGE, Written by Brian Burns, Larry Charles, Cliff Dorfman, Doug Ellin, Chris Henchy, Steve Levinson, Rob Weiss; HBO

MY NAME IS EARL, Written by Barbie Adler, Bobby Bowman, Vali Chandrasekaran,J.B. Cook, Brad Copeland, Victor Fresco, Greg Garcia, John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, Michael Pennie, Tim Stack, Hilary Winston, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel; NBC

THE OFFICE, Written by Jennifer Celotta, Gregory M. Daniels, Lee Eisenberg,Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, Paul B. Lieberstein, Stephen Merchant, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Gene Stupnitsky, Larry Wilmore; NBC

 

NEW SERIES

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, Written by Aron Abrams, Rodney Barnes, Craig DiGregorio, Alyson Fouse, Howard Gewirtz, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Lilly, Chris Rock,Gregory Thompson, Kriss Turner; UPN

GREY’S ANATOMY, Written by Zoanne A. Clack, Ann Hamilton, Kip Koenig, Stacy McKee, James Parriott, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Shonda Rhimes, Mimi Schmir,Gabrielle Stanton, Krista Vernoff, Harry Werksman Jr., Mark Wilding; ABC

MY NAME IS EARL, Written by Barbie Adler, Bobby Bowman, Vali Chandrasekaran,J.B. Cook, Brad Copeland, Victor Fresco, Greg Garcia, John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, Michael Pennie, Tim Stack, Hilary Winston, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel; NBC

THE OFFICE, Written by Jennifer Celotta, Gregory M. Daniels, Lee Eisenberg,Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, Paul B. Lieberstein, Stephen Merchant, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Gene Stupnitsky, Larry Wilmore; NBC

ROME, Written by Alexandra Cunningham, David Frankel, Bruno Heller, Adrian Hodges, William MacDonald, John Milius; HBO

 

EPISODIC DRAMA — any length — one airing time

AUTOPSY (House), Written by Lawrence Kaplow; Fox

A GOOD DAY (The West Wing), Written by Carol Flint; NBC

GRAVE DANGER (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Teleplay by Anthony E. Zuiker& Carol Mendelsohn & Naren Shankar, Story by Quentin Tarantino; CBS

NORMAL IS THE WATCHWORD (Veronica Mars), Written by Rob Thomas; UPN

RHEA REYNOLDS (Nip/Tuck), Written by Jennifer Salt; FX

SINGING FOR OUR LIVES (Six Feet Under), Written by Scott Buck; HBO

 

EPISODIC COMEDY — any length — one airing time

DIVERSITY DAY (The Office), Written by B.J. Novak; NBC

EXILE ON MAIN STREET, Pilot (Kitchen Confidential), Written by David Hemingson; Fox

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER (Malcolm in the Middle), Written by Rob Ulin; Fox

NEXT (Desperate Housewives), Written by Jenna Bans & Kevin Murphy; ABC

PILOT (My Name Is Earl), Written by Greg Garcia; NBC

YOU CAN’T MISS THE BEAR, Pilot (Weeds), Written by Jenji Kohan; Showtime

 

LONG FORM — ORIGINAL — over one hour — one or two parts, one or two airing times

DIRT, Written by Nancy Savoca & Richard Guay; Showtime

THE LIBRARIAN: QUEST FOR THE SPEAR, Written by David Titcher; TNT

THE READING ROOM, Written by Randy Feldman; Hallmark

WARM SPRINGS, Written by Margaret Nagle; HBO

 

LONG FORM — ADAPTED — over one hour — one or two parts, one or two airing times

THE COLT, Screenplay by Stephen Harrigan, Based on a short story byMikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov; Hallmark

LACKAWANNA BLUES, Teleplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Based on his play; HBO

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS, Teleplay by Christopher Markus &Stephen McFeely, Based on the book by Roger Lewis; HBO

OUR FATHERS, Screenplay by Thomas Michael Donnelly, Based upon the book Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal by David France; Showtime

 

ANIMATION — any length — one airing time

THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY GUEST STAR (The Simpsons), Written byMatt Warburton; Fox

THE GIRL WHO SLEPT TOO LITTLE (The Simpsons), Written by John Frink; Fox

MOMMIE BEEREST (The Simpsons), Written by Michael Price; Fox

SEE HOMER RUN (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

THANK GOD IT’S DOOMSDAY (The Simpsons), Written by Don Payne; Fox

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARRYING (The Simpsons), Written byJ. Stewart Burns; Fox

 

COMEDY/VARIETY — MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES — SPECIALS — any length

THE 59th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, Written by Dave Boone, Special Material Written byJon Macks; CBS

2004 THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, Written by George Stevens, Jr. andSara Lukinson; CBS

 

COMEDY/VARIETY — (including talk) SERIES

LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN, Written by Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Dan Goor, Michael Gordon, Tim Harrod, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O’Brien, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg; NBC

PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT!, Written by Penn Jillette, Teller, Star Price, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Sheryl Zohn, Steve Bortko; Showtime

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Head Writer Billy Martin, Written by Ross Abrash,Scott Carter, David Feldman, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Danny Vermont; HBO

 

DAYTIME SERIALS

AS THE WORLD TURNS, Head Writer Jean Passanante, Co-Head Writer Christopher Whitesell, Co-Head Writer Leah Laiman, Written by Hogan Sheffer, Lisa Connor, Paula Cwikly, Charlotte Gibson, Frederick Johnson, Trent Jones, Courtney Simon, Susan Dansby, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Judy Tate, Judy Donato, Meg Kelly, Lynn Martin, Josh Griffith; CBS

ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Head Writer Dena Higley, Written by Leslie Nipkow, Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Cascio, Tom Casiello, Janet Iacobuzio, Mark Christopher, Carolyn Culliton, Daniel Griffin, Michelle Poteet Lisanti, Fran Myers, Ginger Redmon, Chris Van Etten, John Loprieno, James Harmon Brown, Barbara Esensten; ABC

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Head Writer Kay Alden, Head Writer John F. Smith, Written by Janice Ferri, Jim Houghton, Natalie Minardi Slater, Sally Sussman Morina, Sara Bibel, Eric Freiwald, Linda Schreiber, Joshua S. McCaffrey, Marc Hertz, Sandra Weintraub; CBS

 

CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS

VISITING DAY (Reading Rainbow), Written by Ronnie Krauss; PBS

BABY BEAR’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (Sesame Street), Writers:  Christine Ferraro, Lou Berger; PBS

NEW CHARLIE (Miracle’s Boys), Written by Kevin Arkadie, Based on the novel by Jacqueline Woodson; Noggin

 

CHILDREN'S LONG FORM

EDGE OF AMERICA, Written by Willy Holtzman, Showtime

SPEAK, Screenplay by Jessica Sharzer and Annie Young Frisbie, Based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson; Showtime/Lifetime

 

DOCUMENTARY — CURRENT EVENTS

IS WAL-MART GOOD FOR AMERICA?, Written by Hedrick Smith & Rick Young, PBS Frontline

PRIVATE WARRIORS, Written by Martin Smith, PBS

THE SOLDIER’S HEART, Written by Raney Aronson, PBS Frontline

SOMEONE’S WATCHING, Written by Edward Gray, Discovery Times Channel

THE TORTURE QUESTION, Written by Michael Kirk, PBS

 

DOCUMENTARY — OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

FIDEL CASTRO (American Experience), Written by Adriana Bosch; PBS

KINSEY (American Experience), Written by Barak Goodman; PBS

THE MASSIE AFFAIR (American Experience), Written by Mark Zwonitzer; PBS

SHOT FROM THE SKY, Written by Tim Prokop; The History Channel

UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON: PART 1,Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS

 

NEWS — REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT

DEATH OF A PIONEER, Written by Jonathan Kaplan; CBS News

PETER JENNINGS REMEMBERED (ABC World News), Written by Steve Alperin, Charles Gibson; ABC

HURRICANE KATRINA (CBS Evening News), Written by Paul Fischer, Jerry Cipriano, Bruce Meyer; CBS

 

NEWS — ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

WHO WILL SUCCEED HIM (60 Minutes), Written by Barbara Dury, Morley Safer; CBS

THE MATTHEW SHEPARD STORY: SECRETS OF A MURDER (20/20), Written by Richard Gerdau, Stephen Jimenez, Glenn Silber; ABC

FALLEN HEROES (CBS Evening News), Written by Jerry Cipriano; CBS

 

RADIO NOMINEES

 

NEWS — REGULARLY SCHEDULED

WORLD NEWS THIS WEEK, Written by Marianne J. Pryor; ABC

 

NEWS — ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

PASSAGES (CBS News), Written by Gail Lee; CBS

’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS…IN L.A., Written by Jerald W. Edling; KNX

 

NEWS — ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)

SIN CITY and MARINE and KIRSTIE ALLEY and B.T.K. and GENERIC (Dateline), ROAD TO INAUGURATION and BRIAN WILLIAMS IMAGE (NBC Nightly News), RUNAWAY BRIDE (NBC), Written by Adam Kessler; NBC

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, Written by Eric Jacobson; UPN

 

NEWS — TV GRAPHIC ANIMATION

INAUGURATION 2005, Written by Steve Bottorff, Eric Diga, Lisa Fisher, Alice Kreit, Casey Sattler; ABC

 

In television, the nominated scripts were originally broadcast between December 1, 2004, and November 30, 2005. The winners will be announced at the 2006 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 4, 2006, with ceremonies held on both coasts: in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium and in New York at the Waldorf=Astoria. The WGAw’s awards ceremony is executive produced by Emmy-winning writer/producer Cort Casady.

The Writers Guild of America, west and the Writers Guild of America, East represent writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. The unions conduct numerous programs, seminars, and events throughout the world on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers.