News Nuggets: WGA names ‘Sopranos’ best-written TV show of all-time

The WGA names the 101 best-written TV programs of all-time, and “The Sopranos” tops the list. Also included on their list are Emmy champs like “Mad Men” (#7), “The West Wing” (#10), and “Arrested Development,” as well as famous Emmy also-rans like “The Wire” (#9), “Battlestar Galactica” (#38), and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (#49). Los Angeles Times

Bob Newhart will receive the Icon Award from the Critics’ Choice TV Awards. Also, the nominees for Most Exciting New Series, based on pilots and early episodes for shows debuting during the summer and fall season, have been announced: “The Bridge,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Master of Sex,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Ray Donovan,” and “Under the Dome.”

Watch “Theater Talk,” where Michael Riedel of the New York Post discusses Tony predictions with Gold Derby experts Michael Musto and Susan Haskins.

Bette Midler Broadway play “I’ll Eat You Last” recoups its initial investment. Playbill

New York Observer‘s Jesse Oxfeld discusses who deserves to win at this year’s Tonys. His favorites include Tom Sturridge (“Orphans“), Laurie Metcalf (“The Other Place“), and Patina Miller (“Pippin“).

Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz tapped for the next James Bond film, but Vanity Fair‘s Julie Miller is disappointed that most reports of the news focus on her age; at 40, the actress would be the oldest “Bond girl.”

Courtney B. Vance, Tony-nominee for “Lucky Guy,” is featured in the firs episode of the New York Times series “In Performance,” featuring actors performing stripped down scenes from their nominated shows.

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