As some of you more eagle-eyed readers may have noticed, on Wednesday, the WGA announced its nominations and I was so excited to see “The Wire” on a nomination roll that I rushed up a post celebrating the fact. I was then reminded (told?) that while the film nominations were announced this week, the TV nods were announced a month ago.
Ooops. I can only say that a month ago, I was hunkered down with the HitFix team trying to rush to make this site a reality and I probably wasn’t doing my due diligence and reading the trades. That means I’m just like Warner Brothers! Not doing my due diligence? The “Watchmen” case? Sigh. Nevermind.
But the DGA nominations for television have been announced and they also include “The Wire” and, in this case, I’m 100 percent certain that the nominations were only announced on Friday (Jan. 9), so it’s unlikely that I’ll need to unpublish this story. Whew.
More on the nominations after the bump…
So yeah, “The Wire” was nominated in the Dramatic Series category, specifically Dan Attias for the episode “Transitions.” This is Attias’ third DGA nomination, but the first for “The Wire.”
The most decorated man in the category is Paris Barclay, an eight-time nominee and former winner. He’s up this year for the “Alex – Week Eight” episode of HBO’s “In Treatment.” In addition to that nod, Barclay is also up in the Comedy Series category for “Weeds” and the episode “The Three Coolers.”
The DGA found space for “Lost,” with veteran series helmer Jack Bender earning his second nomination, this one for “The Constant,” which was my personal favorite “Lost” episode last season.
The other two Dramatic Series nominations went to “Mad Men.” Last year’s winner Alan Taylor is up for the episode “The Mountain King,” which series creator Matthew Weiner probably has to be considered the favorite in this category for the episode “Meditations in an Emergency.”
In addition to Barclay, the comedy category includes Julian Farino for the “Tree Trippers” episode of “Entourage” and Paul Feig for “The Office” and the episode “Dinner Party.” It should be noted that this is “Freaks & Geeks” creator Feig’s first DGA nod, which is a bit of a sham.
The other two comedic series nominations went to NBC’s “30 Rock,” with Don Scardino nominated for “Do Over” and two-time DGA winner Beth McCarthy-Miller for “The Reunion Episode #304.”
In the category dedicated to Movies for Television/Miniseries, Tom Hooper of HBO’s “John Adams” is the frontrunner, with Bob Balaban (“Bernard and Dorris”), Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”), Jay Roach (“Rount”) and Mikael Salomon (“The Andromeda Strain”) looking to play spoiler.
No DGA category is funnier than the Reality Programs category. I mean, how often do you see Spike TV’s “Pros vs. Joes” (Scott Messick), Sci Fi’s “Estate of Panic” (J. Rupert Thompson) and ABC’s “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (Kent Weed) up for prizes?