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2010 Writers Guild Award nominees announced

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 16th 2009 9:38AM
writers_guild_america_logoRound up the usual suspects. That would seem to be the appropriate line when you look at the nominees for the 2010 Writers Guild Awards. That doesn't mean that all these nominees are not worthy; they are some of the best 2009 television for sure. It's just that inevitably some shows are left out in favor of the tried old faves.

For instance, in the comedy category, can you really put Modern Family in and completely diss The Big Bang Theory? I can't. I'm not even happy about the annual goopfest for 30 Rock, a sitcom that I've grown tired of -- but that's just me. I'd prefer How I Met Your Mother to get some time, or United States of Tara or Nurse Jackie or The Middle. All four of those show have been superior to 30 Rock -- to me.

You see what I mean? These nominations create as much controversy as clarity. But instead of squawking, I'm just going to say that every drama series nomination was extremely deserving. And it was great to see Friday Night Lights recognized.

Here's all the nominees in the top three categories:

Breaking Bad, AMC
Dexter, Showtime
Friday Night Lights, NBC
Lost, ABC
Mad Men, AMC

30 Rock, NBC
Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
Glee, Fox
Modern Family, ABC
The Office, NBC

Glee, Fox
The Good Wife, CBS
Hung, HBO
Modern Family, ABC
Nurse Jackie, Showtime

[Check out many of these shows on SlashControl.]

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If you seriously think the writing on any of the shows is better than the writing on 30 Rock, you are nuts. Yes, it has been a little more uneven this season, but it's still the only show on TV that makes me laugh out loud consistently. If you were going to call out an undeserving comedy nomination, I would gun for The Office (some of the plotting this year has been incredibly stupid) or Glee. Glee is cute, and I LOVE the musical numbers, but I pretty much fast-forward through all the dialogue, because it can be down-right painful to listen to sometimes.

December 16 2009 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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