WGA TV Awards: ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ …

This year's list of WGA Awards television nominees is full of pleasant surprises. Not only did a slew of series break through, but so did several networks. Comedy Central and IFC, previously recognized only for their variety series, have nominations in Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Episode this year for the second season of “Broad City” and the third of “Maron” respectively. And FX and USA Network contend in the Best Drama Series race for the first time, thanks to the third season of “The Americans” and the first of “Mr. Robot”.

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Indeed, the guild was so committed to the new that they dropped most of the reigning champions. “True Detective” and “Louie” each took a pair of trophies for their 2014 seasons, while “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and the Golden Globe Awards split the variety awards; all four were omitted from the 2015 nominations.And past winners “The Good Wife” and “Modern Family” are limited to best episode bids in their genres. 

Leading all programs is “Better Call Saul” with three nominations: Drama Series, Drama Episode and New Series. 

After two consecutive bids each, “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” have been shut out for their third seasons. Instead, New Series nominee "Bloodline" and "Narcos,” up for Best Drama Episode, are now hotter awards player for Netflix than those titles, at least among writers in the industry. 

Reigning Emmy champ "Game of Thrones" is up for both Best Drama Series and Episode as is past Emmy darling "Mad Men." After being snubbed by the Emmys, "The Leftovers" reaped a drama episode bid. 

Returning laffers “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” are strong with two nominations apiece, as are first-year series “The Last Man on Earth” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Other freshman contenders include “Black-ish” (Comedy Episode).

After leading the nominations last year for its first season, “Transparent” contends only for Best Comedy Series this year. That is because only the first episode of the sophomore season streamed in the final hours of the last day of the eligibility period that ran from December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2015. The rest of the episodes qualify for individual consideration at next year's awards. 

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DRAMA SERIES
"The Americans
Written by Peter Ackerman, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Lara Shapiro, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson, Stuart Zicherman; FX

"Better Call Saul"
Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Bradley Paul, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC

"Game of Thrones"
Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss; HBO

"Mad Men"
Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Robert Towne, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC

"Mr. Robot"
Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn, Matt Pyken; USA

DRAMA EPISODE
“Explosivos” ("Narcos"), Written by Andy Black; Netflix

“International Assassin” ("The Leftovers"), Written by Damon Lindelof & Nick Cuse; HBO

“Mind’s Eye” ("The Good Wife"), Written by Robert King & Michelle King; CBS

“Mother’s Mercy” ("Game of Thrones"), Written for Television by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; HBO

“Person to Person” ("Mad Men"), Written by Matthew Weiner; AMC

“Uno” ("Better Call Saul"), Written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould; AMC

COMEDY SERIES
"Broad City"
Written by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Naomi Ekperigin, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Chris Kelly, Anthony King, Jen Statsky; Comedy Central

"Silicon Valley"
Written by Amy Aniobi, Alec Berg, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, Sonny Lee, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Ron Weiner; HBO

"Transparent"
Written by Arabella Anderson, Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Our Lady J, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Studios

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Written by Emily Altman, Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Azie Mira Dungey, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Charla Lauriston, Sam Means, Dan Rubin, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, Lon Zimmet; Netflix

"Veep"
Written by Simon Blackwell, Jon Brown, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Peter Fellows, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Sean Gray, Callie Hersheway, Armando Iannucci, Sean Love, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO

COMEDY EPISODE
“Alive in Tucson” ("The Last Man On Earth"), Written by Will Forte; Fox

“Connection Lost” ("Modern Family"), Written by Megan Ganz & Steven Levitan; ABC

“Joint Session” ("Veep"), Teleplay by Simon Blackwell & Georgia Pritchett, Story by Armando Iannucci & Simon Blackwell & Georgia Pritchett; HBO

“Racegate” ("Maron"), Written by Dave Anthony; IFC

“Rock, Paper, Scissors, Gun” ("black-ish"), Written by Peter Saji; ABC

“Sand Hill Shuffle” ("Silicon Valley"), Written by Clay Tarver; HBO

NEW SERIES
"Better Call Saul"
Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Bradley Paul, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC

"Bloodline"
Written by Jonathan Glatzer, Carter Harris, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Addison McQuigg, Arthur Phillips, Jeff Shakoor, Daniel Zelman; Netflix

"The Last Man On Earth"
Written by Andy Bobrow, Liz Cackowski, Erik Durbin, Will Forte, Kira Kalush, Matt Marshall, Tim McAuliffe, David Noel, Erica Rivinoja, John Solomon, Emily Spivey; Fox

"Mr. Robot"
Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn, Matt Pyken; USA

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Written by Emily Altman, Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Azie Mira Dungey, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Charla Lauriston, Sam Means, Dan Rubin, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, Lon Zimmet; Netflix

LONG FORM ORIGINAL
"American Horror Story: Hotel"
Written by Brad Falchuk, John J. Gray, Todd Kubrak, Crystal Liu, Ned Martel, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, James Wong; FX

"Flesh and Bone"
Written by Bronwyn Garrity, Jami O’Brien, Adam Rapp, Moira Walley-Beckett, David Wiener; Starz

"Sons of Liberty"
Written by Stephen David, Kirk Ellis, David C. White; History Channel

"Saints & Strangers"
Written by Seth Fisher, Walon Green, Chip Johannessen, Eric Overmyer; National Geographic Channel

LONG FORM ADAPTED
"Fargo"
Written by Steve Blackman, Bob DeLaurentis, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Based on the film Fargo; FX

"The Red Tent"
Written by Elizabeth Chandler, Anne Meredith, Based on the book The Red Tent by Anita Diamant; Lifetime

"Show Me A Hero"
Written by David Simon, William F. Zorzi, Based on the book by Lisa Belkin; HBO

VARIETY TALK SERIES
"Conan"

Writers: Jose Arroyo, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Andres du Bouchet, Jessie Gaskell, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Levi MacDougall, Conan O'Brien, Matt O’Brien, Andy Richter, Frank Smiley, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney; TBS

"Real Time with Bill Maher"
Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Danny Vermont; HBO

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
Writers: Dan Amira, Steve Bodow, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, Elliott Kalan, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parsons, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart, Delaney Yeager; Comedy Central

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"
Writers; Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Gabriel Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack; CBS

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Writers: Jonathan Adler, Patrick Borelli, Gerard Bradford, Luke Cunningham, Mike DiCenzo, Mike Drucker, Jess Dweck, Dicky Eagan, Caroline Eppright, Jimmy Fallon, John Haskell, JR Havlan, Josh Lieb, Arthur Meyer, A.D. Miles, Chase Mitchell, Dan Opsal, Gavin Purcell, Jon Rineman, Albertina Rizzo, David Young; NBC

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES 
"Key & Peele"
Written by Colton Dunn, Rebecca Drysdale, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil Augusta Jackson, Jay Martel, Jordan Peele, Ian Roberts, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico; Comedy Central

"Inside Amy Schumer"
Head Writer: Jessi Klein Writers: Hallie Cantor, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jon Glaser, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Dan Powell, Tami Sagher, Amy Schumer; Comedy Central

"Saturday Night Live"
Head Writer: Colin Jost, Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Jeremy Beiler, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Steve Higgins, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Claire Mulaney, Mike O’Brien, Josh Patten, Alison Rich, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Natasha Rothwell, Nick Rutherford, Meredith Scardino, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, John Solomon, Kent Sublette; NBC

VARIETY/MUSIC/AWARDS/TRIBUTES SPECIALS
"The 69th Annual Tony Awards"
Written by Dave Boone; Special Material by Adam Goldman, Carol Leifer; CBS

"2014 Kennedy Center Honors"
Written by Lewis Friedman, Sara Lukinson, Nell Scovell, George Stevens, Jr., Michael Stevens; CBS

"2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards"
Written by Benji Aflalo, Wayne Federman, Marika Sawyer, Frank Sebastiano, Erik Weiner; IFC

"Amy Schumer: Live at The Apollo"
Written by Amy Schumer; HBO

"Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After The Oscars Special"
Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Greg Dorris, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo, Bridger Winegar; ABC

"Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special"
Written by James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Steve Higgins, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Tom Schiller, Sarah Schneider, Marc Shaiman, Michael Shoemaker, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker; NBC

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