PGA TV nominees include Emmy champs ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’

On Monday, the Producers Guild of America announced nominees for its television awards, which echo those of the most recent Emmys. Indeed, just as the guild follows the motion picture academy’s eligibility period by considering films released during the 2014 calendar year, so too it heeds to the TV academy’s schedule and nominates programs airing between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

Five of the six Emmy nominees for Best Drama Series are also in contention for the PGA prize, with only three-time PGA winner “Mad Men” snubbed. Reigning Emmy and PGA winner “Breaking Bad” faces off against “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards” and “True Detective.”

Four-time PGA winner “Modern Family” defends its title against “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Veep.” All five faced off at the Emmys, where “Modern Family” won its fifth straight trophy. The only Best Comedy Series Emmy nominee to be snubbed by the PGA is “Silicon Valley.”

Among non-fiction programming, former PGA champ “American Masters” battles recent Emmy winners “Shark Tank,” “Cosmos” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” ESPN’s “30 for 30” rounds out the list.

As for competition television, ten-time Emmy winner “The Amazing Race” contends against previous PGA co-nominees “Top Chef,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Project Runway” and “The Voice.”

There is a shake-up in the live entertainment/talk PGA category this year as two freshman series — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” — must battle previous PGA nominees “The Colbert Report,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The nominees for top TV movie or miniseries will be announced along with the film contenders on Jan. 5. The 26th annual PGA Awards will be handed out on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

BEST TV DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad” 
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
True Detective

BEST TV COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
“Modern Family”
Orange is the New Black
Veep

BEST NON-FICTION TV
“30 for 30”
American Masters
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Cosmos
Shark Tank

BEST COMPETITION TV
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT/TALK
“The Colbert Report
Jimmy Kimmel Live
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Real Time with Bill Maher
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

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