'Friday Night Lights,' 'Lost,' 'Glee'...Are the Writers Guild Awards our dream come true?

I feel a little like the Writers Guild Award nominees, announced yesterday, were downloaded directly from my own brain. Or at least my DVR list. And knowing what I know about what shows PopWatchers tend to get all message-boardy about, I’m guessing you feel the same. There in the drama category are Breaking Bad, Dexter, Friday Night Lights (pictured), Lost, and Mad Men. In comedy we have 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, and The Office. And as if all that weren’t enough, we have the new series category: Glee, Modern Family, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, and Hung. First and foremost, I’m thrilled when any awards are smart enough to recognize the brilliance that is Friday Night Lights — a show that, by premise, could’ve been lame at best, but instead manages to wring tearful drama from grounded-in-reality situations every week that it hangs on despite its ratings challenges. I’m also thrilled when any awards are smart enough to get Lost, as well, which basically does the opposite — makes utterly ridiculous, barely comprehensible plotlines hit us in the heart (oh, Sawyer and Juliet!) despite their reliance on string theory. It’s nice to see Glee up for its first big awards, too — it’s just plain not easy to write a musical every freaking week and make it work, and while the dialogue and plotting occasionally gets heavy-handed, it still works — and ditto for Modern Family, the funniest new show this season. (Love 30 Rock and Mad Men, too, but even the Emmys have been onto those for a while.)

I’m a writing-first kind of TV watcher, so it makes sense that I’d like this list. (The awards, by the way, will be given out Feb. 20.) But what’s missing? How I Met Your Mother is the only one I can think of off my own DVR list — what do you think, PopWatchers? Was Grey’s Anatomy good enough? Did Gossip Girl hold up for you? Did FlashForward get dissed?

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  • sarahp

    I love these nominations! Seven of these make up my series recordings on my PVR. The only one that’s missing that I’d be happy to see get a little loving from any award show would be Chuck.

  • Leslie

    Sons of Anarchy is the only thing missing for me, but it looks like I better get used to it not getting any love this awards season.

  • noam

    well, at least FNL gets something. i held off checking the golden globe nominations as long as possible this morning, just hoping connie britton was nominated. alas… and i’ve got a soft spot for parks and recreation, though i don’t know where it’d fit. both comedy and new series are pretty solid categories.

  • offcolortv

    Definitely Supernatural, but I know no one can take it seriously because it’s on the CW. But it is a SERIOUSLY good show that has become outstanding in the last two seasons.

    • tamara

      So true. It’s one of the best shows of this decade, and it never gets any recognition.
      At least we have to be grateful that it’s not cancelled and that it’s on its fifth season. That’s a great accomplishment. And it’s as good as or even better than when it started.

  • Rahul

    I wish ‘Mad Men’s season finale, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” was nominated for Episodic Drama.

    • sunshine

      Great episode!

  • Bobby’s Robot

    Big Bang Theory.

    • Sarah

      yes.

    • Kay

      I agree! Definite miss! BBT is awesome!

    • David

      To the question: ”what’s missing”, definitely Big Bang Theory

    • Dave

      Meh.

  • pamishere

    finally someone that recognises FNL for what it truly is. ingenius script-writing.

  • bruno

    nothing missing. not. one. thing.

  • Rachel

    The Big Bang Theory! Not just funny, but smart. Takes a lot of skill to write a show like that week after week.

  • jessica

    Hey EW this article says that FNL was nominated in the drama category. But another article on this site does not list FNL as one of the nominees so which one is it?

  • AK

    Hello, “Big Love”! That cast could make anything work, but it helps that they’re given some of the best scripts on television (see: “Come, Ye Saints”).

  • sunshine

    Grey’s Anatomy is on my DVR list this season only because the current season is the among the worst in the history of Grey’s. I no longer watch the show in “real time” because it’s so bad, mainly because of the new guest recurring actors they’ve added this season, the so called merger. It’s painful to watch when these characters are on the show so I need the ability to be able to FF through them. I’ll bet TRK is happy he bailed off of this train wreck of a show.

  • Dave

    That really is a group of fantastic shows. My only problem (and it’s a big one) is the absence of Better Off Ted. Truly, one of the best comedies on TV. Very well written. It deserves some love. The Emmys shunned it. The Golden Globes shunned it. The Writers Guild shunned it. And ABC has shunned it by barely promoting it and really just dangling it for a while before they inevitably cancel it. Sigh.

    • tamara

      Yeees!! Better Off Ted is fantastic!! It’s so good!! It reminds me of the greatness that was Arrested Development. Definitely a must-see, and should have gotten a nomination too.

  • KThro

    I’ve got to say, though it is the CW so it can’t be taken too seriously: I think Ed Westwick has been solidly acting his ass off on Gossip Girl since half way through season one and I wish he’d get some real recognition finally.

  • Jayne Hasselroth

    Love that Friday Night Lights is nominated. The writers for this show are phenomenal. Great character studies.

    Of course, we love Kyle Chandler aka Coach Taylor and would love to see him receive much deserved recognition.

    Thanks,
    The Hasselroth Family

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