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  • 24Emmy
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    WGA To Unveil 101 Best-Written TV Series
    By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 9:07pm PDT

    A look at the guest list for the WGA‘s big to-do in Beverly Hills this weekend offers some spoilers as to which shows made the guild’s list of ’101 Best Written TV Series’. Red carpet walkers at the Writers Guild Theater on Sunday will include such celebrated creator-writers as Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, Steven Bochco, Gail Parent, James L. Brooks, Merrill Markoe, Winnie Holzman, Ronald D. Moore, Matthew Weiner, Steven Levitan and Vince Gilligan. The “101 TV” list — which spans seven decades of programming and covers series, not episodes — was determined by an online vote of guild members on both coasts. Also among the big-name scribes expected at the unveiling are Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, David Shore, Terence Winter, Jason Katims, Bill Odenkirk, D.C. Fontana, Mike Scully, Patric M. Verrone, and John Rappaport. Expect a few actors to show up too, representing such script-sure series as Taxi, L.A. Law, The Simpsons and The Cosby Show. All genres are eligible for consideration, but the shows must be written in English and broadcast on US airwaves. Individual or non-serialized programs are not eligible, including telefilms, MOWs, specials and miniseries with less than six hours of programming. TV Guide is sponsoring Sunday’s event.

    Live webcast — http://www.wga.org/101TV-live.html

    Which shows will make the list? dun dun dun . . .

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    Kevin
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    From this list of attendees, we can expect:

    Mad Men
    LA Law
    Taxi
    The Simpsons
    The Cosby Show
    Lost
    All In the Family
    Modern Family
    The Sopranos
    Modern Family 

    I also would love to see “The West Wing!” 

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    Halo_Insider
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    From the poster, we can also expect to see:

    60 Minutes
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    The Dick Van Dyke Show
    Gunsmoke (I think?)
    Friends
    I Love Lucy
    Lost
    Moonlighting
    The Simpsons
    The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
    The Twilight Zone
    The X-Files      

    Hopefully, The Mary Tyler Moore Show lands pretty high on the list.    

     

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    Kevin
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    I’m surprised by Moonlighting, but happy with possibly Gunsmoke coming into the mix.

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    Renaton
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    Not surprised about Moonlighting. At its peak, it was original and bold, and had a fresh take both on romantic comedies and procedurals. Now that formula has been beaten to death, and eventually the show did seem to lose it’s charm after a point, but it was great television for the first two seasons and some moments of the third. It’s actually a more influential show than it is given credit to usually.

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    24Emmy
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    Here’s my predicted list:

    Dramas
    24 (FOX)
    Battlestar Galactica (Syfy)
    Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
    Boston Legal (ABC)
    Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB/UPN)
    Columbo (NBC/ABC)
    Deadwood (HBO)
    ER (NBC)
    Freaks and Geeks (NBC)
    Friday Night Lights (NBC/DirecTv)
    Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Gunsmoke (CBS)
    Gilmore Girls (WB/CW)
    Hill Street Blues (NBC)
    Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC)
    LA Law (NBC)
    Law & Order (NBC)
    Lost (ABC)
    Lou Grant (CBS)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Mission Impossible (CBS)
    Moonlighting (ABC)
    My So-Called Life (ABC)
    Northern Exposure (CBS)
    NYPD Blue (ABC)
    Playhouse 90 (CBS)
    Oz (HBO)
    Six Feet Under (HBO)
    Star Trek (NBC)
    St. Elsewhere (NBC)
    The Defenders (CBS)
    The Fugitive (ABC)
    The Practice (ABC)
    The Shield (FX)
    The Sopranos (HBO)
    The Twilight Zone (CBS)
    The Waltons (CBS)
    The West Wing (NBC)
    The Wire (HBO)
    The X Files (FOX)
    thirtysomething (ABC)
    Twin Peaks (ABC)
    Upstairs, Downstairs (PBS)

    Comedies
    30 Rock (NBC)
    All in the Family (CBS)
    Ally McBeal (FOX)
    Arrested Development (FOX/Netflix)
    Barney Miller (ABC)
    Cheers (NBC)
    Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
    Family Ties (NBC)
    Frasier (NBC)
    Friends (NBC)
    I Love Lucy (CBS)
    Malcolm in the Middle (FOX)
    M*A*S*H (CBS)
    Modern Family (ABC)
    Murphy Brown (CBS)
    Roseanne (ABC)
    Newhart (CBS)
    Seinfeld (NBC)
    Sex and the City (HBO)
    Taxi (ABC/NBC)
    The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
    The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
    The Cosby Show (NBC)
    The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
    The Golden Girls (NBC)
    The Larry Sanders Show (HBO)
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
    The Office (NBC)
    The Phil Silvers Show (CBS)
    The Wonder Years (ABC)
    Will & Grace (NBC)

    Miniseries
    Angels in America (HBO)
    Band of Brothers (HBO)
    From the Earth to the Moon (HBO)
    Generation Kill (HBO)
    Holocaust (NBC)
    John Adams (HBO)
    Roots (ABC)
    The Corner (HBO)
    The Pacific (HBO)

    Variety
    Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
    Saturday Night Live (NBC)
    The Carol Burnett Show (CBS)
    The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (NBC)
    The Oprah Winfrey Show (Syndicated)

    Animated
    Archer (FX)
    Family Guy (FOX)
    Futurama (FOX/Comedy Central)
    King of the Hill (FOX)
    South Park (Comedy Central)
    SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
    The Flintstones (ABC)
    The Simpsons (FOX)

    News
    60 Minutes (CBS)
    SportsCenter (ESPN)

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    I would love to see Oz on the list. Certainly one of the most underrated and overlooked TV programs of all time. Also, nice list,  24Emmy!

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    Laactingnyc
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    The

    Golden

    Girls.

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    24Emmy
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    Also, nice list,  24Emmy!

    Thanks, I’m very curious to see the list tonight and especially the rankings.

    Which show barely makes the list in that #101 spot? Dun dun dun . . .

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    24Emmy
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    The feed is live now — http://www.wga.org/101TV-live.html

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    24Emmy
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    This list is bananas and has way too many ties, but still exciting nonetheless.

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    Halo_Insider
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    Norman Lear still sporting that hat, like a boss.

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    Halo_Insider
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    Modern Family making it at #34 is rather odd, though I love what I’ve seen of the Top 20 so far.

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    nahborghi
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    the full list:

    1. The Sopranos
    2. Seinfeld
    3. The Twilight Zone (1959)
    4. All in the Family
    5. M*A*S*H
    6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    7. Mad Men
    8. Cheers
    9. The Wire
    10. The West Wing
    11. The Simpsons
    12. I Love Lucy
    13. Breaking Bad
    14. The Dick Van Dyke Show
    15. Hill Street Blues
    16. Arrested Development
    17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    18. Six Feet Under
    19. Taxi
    20. The Larry Sanders Show
    21. 30 Rock
    22. Friday Night Lights
    23. Frasier
    24. Friends
    25. Saturday Night Live
    26. The X-Files
    27. Lost
    28. ER
    29. The Cosby Show
    30. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    31. The Honeymooners
    32. Deadwood
    33. Star Trek
    34. Modern Family
    35. Twin Peaks
    36. NYPD Blue
    37. The Carol Burnett Show
    38. Battlestar Galactica (2005)
    39. Sex & The City
    40. Game of Thrones
    41. (tie) The Bob Newhart Show; Your Show of Shows
    43. (tie) Downton Abbey; Law & Order; Thirtysomething
    46. (tie) Homicide: Life on the Street; St. Elsewhere
    48. Homeland
    49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    50. (tie) The Colbert Report; The Good Wife; The Office (UK)
    53. Northern Exposure
    54. The Wonder Years
    55. L.A. Law
    56. Sesame Street
    57. Columbo
    58. (tie) Fawlty Towers; The Rockford Files
    60. (tie) Freaks and Geeks; Moonlighting
    62. Roots
    63. (tie) Everybody Loves Raymond; South Park
    65. Playhouse 90
    66. (tie) Dexter; The Office (US)
    68. My So-Called Life
    69. Golden Girls
    70. The Andy Griffith Show
    71. (tie) 24; Roseanne; The Shield
    74. (tie) House; Murphy Brown
    76. (tie) Barney Miller; I, Claudius
    78. The Odd Couple
    79. (tie) Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Monty Python’s Flying Circus; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Upstairs, Downstairs
    83. Get Smart
    84. (tie) The Defenders; Gunsmoke
    86. (tie) Justified; Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)
    88. Band of Brothers
    89. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
    90. The Prisoner
    91. (tie) Absolutely Fabulous (UK); The Muppet Show
    93. Boardwalk Empire
    94. Will & Grace
    95. Family Ties
    96. (tie) Lonesome Dove; Soap
    98. (tie) The Fugitive; Late Night with David Letterman; Louie
    101. Oz 

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    Denis
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    Justified in 86? oh lol, is that a joke? tsctsc

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