FX doesn’t submit ‘Fargo’ as ‘Transparent,’ ‘True Detective’ lead WGA TV nominations

12.04.14 2 years ago

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The Writers Guild of America announced the TV nominees for the 2015 WGA Awards on Thursday (December 4) morning and several new shows broke into the fields in a big way.

And, of course, there were a number of big WGA Award nomination head-scratchers. Specifically, where the heck was FX's “Fargo”? The answer is below.

Making perhaps the biggest splash was “Transparent,” which earned three nominations and, since “Orange Is The New Black” earned two nods and “House of Cards” pick up one, that meant that Amazon Prime and Netflix are, at least for one award-giving organization, on equal footing as creators of original programming.

The Jill Soloway-created “Transparent” is nominated for New Series, where it will go against “The Affair,” “The Knick,” “Silicon Valley” and “True Detective.”

“Transparent” and “Silicon Valley” are also up for Comedy Series, going against “Louie,” “Veep” and “Orange Is The New Black.”

Lest you panic that “Modern Family” has lost the love of the WGA, two “Modern Family” episodes are up for Episodic Comedy — Abraham Higginbotham & Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman's “Three Dinners” and Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz's “The Cold” — going against Rob Rosell's “New Girl” script “Landline,” Nick Jones' “Orange Is The New Black” script “Low Self Esteem City,” Louis CK's “Louie” script “So Did The Fat Lady” and Ethan Kuperberg's “The Wilderness” episode of “Transparent.”

In addition to its New Series nod, “True Detective” is up for Drama Series against “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife,” “Game of Thrones” and “Mad Men,” but Nic Pizzolatto didn't earn a nomination for any individual episode.

Just as “Modern Family” was nominated for two episodes but not as a series, “Boardwalk Empire” earned two Episodic Drama nominations — Howard Korder's “Devil You Know” and Riccardo DiLoreto & Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder's “Friendless Child” — without a Drama Series nomination. The Episodic Drama category also features George R.R. Martin's “The Lion and the Rose” for “Game of Thrones,” Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner's “A Day's World” script for “Mad Men,” Robert & Michelle King's “The Last Call” script for “The Good Wife” and “Donald the Normal,” a “Rectify” script from Kate Powers and Ray McKinnon.

You may be doing the math and figuring that HBO had a pretty good day and, indeed, the network also scored three of five nominations in the Longform Adapted category, with “Olive Kitteridge” (Jane Anderson), “The Normal Heart” (Larry Kramer) and the “Leftovers” pilot (Damon Lindelof) going against History's “Houdini” (Nicholas Meyer) and Discovery's “Klondike” (Paul Scheuring, Josh Goldin & Rachel Abramowitz). There were only two nominees for  Longform Original, Melissa Carter's “Deliverance Creek” and Sean Hanish's “Return to Zero,” both on Lifetime.

All six Animation nominees came from FOX, with four “Simpsons” episodes and two “Bob's Burgers” installments represented.

A full list of nominees is below, but let's get a few thoughts/observations/quibbles out of the way:

*** For me, the biggest snubbing was FX's “Fargo,” which seemed like a no-brainer for a nomination of some sort, be it in Drama Series or Longform, but the nominations released this morning had no “Fargo” to be seen. I asked FX if there was a reason for Noah Hawley's absence and, after a bit of a wait for proper network phrasing, I got the answer.

FX States: “When the WGA Award nominations were announced this morning, several news outlets commented about the notable omission of FX”s award-winning miniseries Fargo.  The network initially submitted Fargo in the longform category based on the fact that the 10 one-hour scripts – all written by Noah Hawley – tell a single, close-ended story and therefore 'Fargo' is a miniseries. The WGA does not recognize 'Fargo' as a miniseries because Noah Hawley was accorded a ‘Created for Television By” credit and said that 'Fargo' could only be considered in the drama series category. 'Fargo' won the Emmy Award this year for Outstanding Miniseries. It has been submitted as a miniseries for this year”s Golden Globe Awards. Since 'Fargo' is not in fact a drama series, and it is in fact a miniseries, FX made the decision not to submit Noah Hawley and his brilliant scripts for WGA Awards consideration.”

So I guess that's an answer. It's sad. And it's especially sad because the more categories you have, the more inclusive your awards are supposed to be. If you're going to bother honoring TV's Best of 2014, you ought to find a categorical way to honor as many things as possible, even if you leave people scratching their heads. Mostly, you should honor “Fargo” and everybody should honor “Fargo” more than the “Sherlock”-silly Emmys did.

Speaking of head-scratching, though…

*** Like you, I was perplexed by how the “Leftovers” pilot ended up in “longform.” The answer? The category has a 60-minute cutoff and the “Leftovers” pilot was 75 minutes and, as such, was submitted in longform and made the cut. The rest of the series was submitted in the Drama category, but was shut out.

*** Awesome to see the recognition for “Rectify” in the Episodic Drama category. That's a stacked field and the recognition is well-earned.

*** Sorry, “Modern Family,” but those two Comedy Episodic slots had to go to “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency” from “Silicon Valley” and basically any episode of “Veep.” 

*** “A Day's Work” was not one of the four or five best “Mad Men” episodes of last season. “The Strategy,” one of the rare “Mad Men” episodes without a Matthew Weiner credit, really belonged here.

*** “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl,” this season's superb “Bob's Burgers” premiere earned a very deserved nomination for Nora Smith.

*** There were seven nominations in the Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) category, including “Daily Show,” “Colbert Report” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Maher's staffs earned nominations. But EW Entertainer of the Year Jimmy Fallon and the “Tonight Show” staff weren't nominated. Make of that what you will.

And here's the full nomination list:

DRAMA SERIES  

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO

The Good Wife, Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe; CBS

House of Cards, Written by Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Sam R. Forman, William Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz, David Manson, Beau Willimon; Netflix

Mad Men, Written by Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

COMEDY SERIES  

Louie, Written by Louis CK; FX

Orange Is the New Black, Written by Stephen Falk, Sian Heder, Tara Herrmann, Sara Hess, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Lauren Morelli, Alex Regnery, Hartley Voss; Netflix

Silicon Valley, Written by John Altschuler, Alec Berg, Matteo Borghese, Jessica Gao, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Carson Mell, Dan O'Keefe, Clay Tarver, Rob Turbovsky, Ron Weiner; HBO

Transparent, Written by Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Prime

Veep, Written by Simon Blackwell, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO

NEW SERIES  

The Affair, Written by Dan LeFranc, Hagai Levi, Melanie Marnich, Eric Overmyer, Kate Robin, Sarah Treem; Showtime

The Knick, Written by Jack Amiel, Michael Begler, Steven Katz; Cinemax

Silicon Valley, Written by John Altschuler, Alec Berg, Matteo Borghese, Jessica Gao, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Carson Mell, Dan OÕKeefe, Clay Tarver, Rob Turbovsky, Ron Weiner; HBO

Transparent, Written by Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Prime

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

LONG FORM ORIGINAL  

Deliverance Creek, Written by Melissa Carter; Lifetime

Return to Zero, Written by Sean Hanish; Lifetime

LONG FORM ADAPTED  

Houdini, Written by Nicholas Meyer; Based on the book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer, M.D.; History Channel

Klondike, Parts One, Three and Six, Teleplay by Paul T. Scheuring, Parts Two, Four and Five, Teleplay by Josh Goldin & Rachel Abramowitz, Based on the book Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray; Discovery Channel

The Normal Heart, Teleplay by Larry Kramer, Based on his play The Normal Heart; HBO

Olive Kitteridge, Teleplay by Jane Anderson, Based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout; HBO

“Pilot” (The Leftovers), Teleplay by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta, Based on the book by Tom Perrotta; HBO

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL  

“Apocalypse No” (Bad Shorts), Written by Ben Zelevansky; luckybirdsmedia.com

“City of Angels” (Caper), Written by Amy Berg & Mike Sizemore; hulu.com

“Episode 1 – Nature” (F To 7th), Written by Ingrid Jungermann; youtube.com

“Episode 113: Rachel” (High Maintenance), Written by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair; helpingyoumaintain.com

“Episode 204” (Vicky and Lysander), Written by Damon Cardasis and Shannon Walker; youtube.com

“Episode 207” (Vicky and Lysander), Written by Damon Cardasis and Shannon Walker; youtube.com

ANIMATION  

“Bob and Deliver” (Bob's Burgers), Written by Greg Thompson; Fox

“Brick Like Me” (The Simpsons), Written by Brian Kelley; Fox

“Covercraft” (The Simpsons), Written by Matt Selman; Fox

“Pay Pal” (The Simpsons), Written by David Steinberg; Fox

“Steal This Episode” (The Simpsons), Written by J. Stewart Burns; Fox

“Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl” (Bob's Burgers), Written by Nora Smith; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA  

“A Day's Work” (Mad Men), Written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner; AMC

“Devil You Know” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Howard Korder; HBO

“Donald the Normal” (Rectify), Written by Kate Powers & Ray McKinnon; Sundance Channel

“Friendless Child” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Riccardo DiLoreto & Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder; HBO

“The Last Call” (The Good Wife), Written by Robert King & Michelle King; CBS

“The Lion and the Rose” (Game of Thrones), Written for Television by George R.R. Martin; HBO

EPISODIC COMEDY  

“The Cold” (Modern Family), Written by Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz; ABC

“Landline” (New Girl), Written by Rob Rosell; Fox

“Low Self Esteem City” (Orange Is the New Black), Written by Nick Jones; Netflix 

“So Did the Fat Lady” (Louie), Written by Louis C.K.; FX

“Three Dinners” (Modern Family), Written by Abraham Higginbotham & Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC

“The Wilderness” (Transparent), Written by Ethan Kuperberg; Amazon Prime

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES  

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Writers: Rory Albanese, Dan Amira, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parsons, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart, Delaney Yeager; Comedy Central

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

Inside Amy Schumer, Head Writer: Jessi Klein Writers: Emily Altman, Jeremy Beiler, Neil Casey, Kyle Dunnigan, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Dan Powell, Amy Schumer; Comedy Central 

The Colbert Report, Writers: Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Sam Kim, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner; Comedy Central

Jimmy Kimmel Live, Head Writers: Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Gary Greenberg Writers: Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Bryan Paulk, Rick Rosner, Bridger Winegar; ABC

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Seth Meyers, Colin Jost, Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Alex Baze, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Steve Higgins, Leslie Jones, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, Claire Mulaney, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Lakendra Tookes; NBC

Real Time with Bill Maher, Head Writer: Billy Martin Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Danny Vermont; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS  

The 68th Annual Tony Awards, Written by Dave Boone; Special Material by Jon Macks; CBS

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, Written by Barry Adelman; Special Material by Alex Baze, Dave Boone, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jon Macks, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Mike Shoemaker; NBC

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Written by Gerry Duggan, Wayne Federman, Patton Oswalt, Erik Weiner; IFC

Bill Maher: Live from D.C., Written by Bill Maher; HBO

Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, Written by Sarah Silverman; HBO

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION  

Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter; NBC

Jeopardy!, Written by John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA  

Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher Whitesell; NBC

General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

CHILDREN'S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS  

“Girl Meets 1961” (Girl Meets World), Written by Matthew Nelson; Disney Channel

“Haunted Heartthrob” (Haunted Hathaways), Written by Bob Smiley; Nickelodeon

“Haunted Sisters” (Haunted Hathaways), Written by Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin; Nickelodeon

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS  

“Losing Iraq” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS 

“United States of Secrets: Privacy Lost (Part Two)” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

“United States of Secrets: The Program (Part One)” (Frontline); PBS; Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS  

“Episode Five: The Rising Road (1933-1939)” (The Roosevelts: An Intimate History), Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS

“League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

“Standing Up in the Milky Way (Episode 1)” (COSMOS: A Space Time Odyssey), Written by Ann Druyan and Steven Soter; Fox

TV NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT  

“50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination” (CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley), Written by Jerry Cipriano, Joe Clines; CBS News

CBS This Morning, Written by Duane Tollison, Chip Sorrentino, Bruce Meyer, Bill Crowley; CBS News

“Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World” (World News with Diane Sawyer), Written by Diane Sawyer, Lisa Ferri, Dave Bloch; ABC News

TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY  

“Nowhere to Go” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Oriana Zill de Granados & Michael Rey; CBS

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