On Tuesday, 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 2015 calendar year, so too it heeds to the TV academy's schedule and nominates programs airing between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. However, while the Emmys have expanded the marquee categories of Best Drama and Comedy Series to seven nominees, the guild is sticking with five.
Five of the seven Emmy nominees for Best Drama Series are in contention for the PGA prize. Reigning Emmy champ "Game of Thrones" faces off against "Better Call Saul," "Homeland," House of Cards" and three-time PGA winner "Mad Men." Emmy contenders "Downton Abbey" and "Orange is the New Black" did not make the cut here; neither did "OITNB" reap a bid over in comedy where it won last year. Last year's PGA winner on the drama side was the final season of "Breaking Bad."
Four of the seven Emmy nominees for Best Comedy Series are in the running here. Emmy champ "Veep" is looking for its first win with the guild against four-time PGA winner "Modern Family" as well as freshman PGA contenders "Silicon Valley" and "Transparent." Rounding out this race is Emmy Variety Sketch Series winner "Inside Amy Schumer." Emmy nominees "Louie," "Parks and Recreation" and "Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt" were snubbed.
Among non-fiction programming, recent Emmy winners "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," "Shark Tank," and "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" battle it out along with "30 for 30" and "Vice."
As for competition television, reigning Emmy and PGA champ "The Voice" goes up against ten-time Emmy winner "The Amazing Race" and returning PGA nominees "Top Chef," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runway" and
There is a shake-up in the live entertainment/talk PGA category this year as the red-hot "Key & Peele" goes up against past PGA nominees "The Colbert Report," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," "Real Time with Bill Maher" and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
The nominees for top TV movie or miniseries will be announced along with the film contenders on Jan. 5. The 27th annual PGA Awards will be handed out on Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
BEST TV DRAMA SERIES
"Better Call Saul"
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT/TALK
"The Colbert Report"
"Key & Peele"
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Photos: "Game of Thrones" & "Veep" (HBO); "The Voice" (NBC)