Producers Guild Awards TV winners include ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Boardwalk Empire” kept “Mad Men” from making it four in a row for Best Drama Series at the Producers Guild of America Awards Saturday. “Mad Men” had beaten “Boardwalk” at last fall’s Emmys, winning there for the fourth year running. (See complete list of winners here.)

Just as the guild follows the motion picture academy’s eligibility period by considering films released during the 2011 calendar year, so too it heeds to the TV academy’s schedule and nominates programs airing between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. This was the first year that “Boardwalk Empire” was eligible. It also defeated returning nominee “Dexter” and first-time contenders “Game of Thrones” and “The Good Wife

Two-time Emmy winner “Modern Family” prevailed for the second year in a row with the PGA as well. It defeated two-time Golden Globe winner “Glee,” three-time PGA winner “30 Rock” and category newcomers “The Big Bang Theory” and “Parks and Recreation.” All five of these shows were in the running at this year’s Emmys. 

Emmy champ “Downton Abbey” won top movie/miniseries over Emmy rivals “Cinema Verite,” “The Kennedys,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Too Big to Fail.” 

Among non-fiction programming, newcomer “30 for 30” edged out defending titleholder “The Deadliest Catch” as well as returning nominees “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Undercover Boss” and rookie contender “American Masters.” 

The catch-all category has been divided into separate competition and live entertainment/talk races. Last year’s winner “The Colbert Report” won live entertainment/talk against returning nominee “Real Time with Bill Maher,” reigning Daytime Emmy champ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and the Emmy-winning 2010 Tonys kudocast. 

And in the new competition category, eight-time Emmy winner “The Amazing Race” prevailed over 2010 Emmy winner “Top Chef,” “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Project Runway.

BEST COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
 “Glee
X – “Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

BEST DRAMA SERIES
X – “Boardwalk Empire” 
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
“Mad Men”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
“Cinema Verite”
X – “Downton Abbey
“The Kennedys”
“Mildred Pierce”
“Too Big to Fail”

BEST NON-FICTION SERIES
“30 for 30”
X – “American Masters”
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”
“Deadliest Catch”
“Undercover Boss”

BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT/TALK SERIES
X – “The Colbert Report”
“The Ellen Degeneres Show”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The 2010 Tony Awards”

BEST COMPETITION SERIES
X – “The Amazing Race”
“American Idol”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”

BEST NEWS SERIES
“Anderson Cooper 360” 
“BBC World News America” 
“NBC News with Brian Williams” 
“The Rachel Maddow Show”
X – “60 Minutes” 

BEST SPORTS PROGRAM 
“Monday Night Football” (ESPN)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
“Sports Center” (ESPN)
X – “30 for 30” (ESPN)
“2010 FIFA World Cup” (ABC / ESPN / ESPN2)
“U.S. Open Tennis Championship” (CBS / ESPN2 / Tennis Channel)

BEST CHILDREN’S SERIES
“Dora the Explorer”
“iCarly”
“Phineas and Ferb”
X – “Sesame Street”
“SpongeBob Squarepants”

BEST WEB SERIES
“Ask a Ninja” (blip.tv)
“The Guild” (WatchTheGuild.com)
“Parks and Recreation Presents: ‘April & Andy’s Road Trip’” (NBC.com)
X – “30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero” (NBC.com)
“Web Therapy” (LStudio.com)

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