Following a second consecutive Emmy win for Best Comedy Writing, “Master of None” picked up its first Writers Guild of America TV Awards nomination on Dec. 7 for Best Comedy Series Writing. It contends another Netflix show, “GLOW,” and HBO’s perennially nominated “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.” It has been six years since “Curb Your Enthusiasm” last contended; the series has been nominated all six years that it has been eligible since the category’s inception, even when it aired only one episode in the 2006 eligibility period. (Read about drama series WGA TV Awards contenders.)
The WGA nominated that fifth season finale over the original final season of “Will & Grace.” That show now contends for Best Comedy Episode Writing, only its second nomination in eleven non-consecutive years of WGA eligibility, having previously been nominated for the same award in 2000.
The only other returning nominee is “Veep,” which was nominated in this category two years ago, when it claimed a second non-consecutive Best Comedy Series Writing win. Rounding out the Best Comedy Episode Writing category are an installment from the third season of “Grace and Frankie,” one from the third and final season of “The Carmichael Show” and the first season finale of “Trial & Error.”
The nominations for “The Carmichael Show,” “Trial & Error” and “Will & Grace” are NBC’s first in the category in four years, when “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock” were last nominated. This ends the longest drought in the category since the 1970s for NBC, which has historically dominated. The network boasts a leading 67 nominations to date, including a leading 24 wins. NBC was notably nominated every year for Best Comedy Writing from 1983 to 2000, as well as 2005 to 2013. The last time that NBC had scripts from three comedies nominated simultaneously was 2008.
Best Comedy Episode Writing inexplicably has only five nominees this year for the first time since 2004. Last year’s winner “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is out after five total nominations for its first two seasons. The WGA has also dropped “Transparent” after five nominations; its third season last year contended for Best Comedy Series Writing. “Atlanta” was the most-nominated comedy and most-awarded series last year for its first season; its second season wrapped production this week.
“GLOW” is the only comedy other than “Veep” that has multiple nominations this year, although “Curb Your Enthusiasm” was ineligible in Best Comedy Episode Writing because it does not have set scripts.
The other “GLOW” nomination is for Best New Series Writing, opposite dramas “The Deuce,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Ozark,” as well as anthology “American Vandal,” which must have submitted as a comedy for these awards; the Critics’ Choice Awards nominated it yesterday for Best Limited Series. “GLOW” becomes a virtual lock for a Best Comedy Writing nomination at the Emmys with its pair of nominations. All eight comedies that previously achieved this pair before their first Emmys scored a Best Comedy Writing nomination there.
Is “Will & Grace” primed for Golden Globe nominations on the heels of its WGA success? Make your predictions now and change them until nominations are announced on December 11. Predict other awards shows like the Oscars too, as well as reality shows, including “Drag Race.”