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.”
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.