HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms

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HBO led all TV networks in attracting nominations in the 60th anniversary WGA Awards, fetching two noms for dramatic series writing and three for comedy series writing.

In the dramatic series category, HBO's "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" are joined by Showtime's "Dexter," NBC's "Friday Night Lights" and AMC's "Mad Men."

In the comedy series category, HBO attracted noms for "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Entourage" and "Flight of the Conchords." Also nominated in the category are NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock."

"Conchords" also attracted a nom in the category of new TV series, where it joins "Mad Men," FX's "Damages," ABC's "Pushing Daisies" and Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program."

The WGA's recent news releases have dealt almost solely with its ongoing strike against some of the same companies figuring in the WGA Awards. The guild had planned to release its TV and radio noms today but released the information late Wednesday without previous notice.

"In order to maximize press coverage for the 2008 Writers Guild Awards as well as not compete with Golden Globes' nominees … we made the decision to go out a day earlier than previously announced," WGA West spokesman Gregg Mitchell said.

Globe noms were released this morning.

The WGA Awards are set for Feb. 9, with simultaneous ceremonies planned at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre in New York.

A complete list of TV and radio nominees can be found at THR.com.
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