WGA Awards: 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'GLOW' Among New Nominees

10:06 AM 12/7/2017

by Michael O'Connell

The Hulu Emmy winner scored two top nominations, as did the Netflix comedy.

'The Handmaid’s Tale'
'The Handmaid’s Tale'
Courtesy of Hulu

The Writers Guild of America on Thursday announced its top picks for TV in 2017, revealing the nominations for the upcoming 2018 WGA Awards. Unsurprisingly, Emmy darling The Handmaid's Tale was among the pack of small-screen honorees.

The Hulu series scored a nomination for best drama, joining 2017 winner FX's The Americans, AMC's Better Call Saul, HBO's Game of Thrones and Netflix's Stranger Things. Handmaid's Tale also scored a mention in the best new series category, alongside HBO's The Deuce and Netflix efforts American Vandal, GLOW and Ozark.

With 2017 comedy (and best new series) winner FX's Atlanta not airing originals since the last WGA Awards, the half-hour race is wide open — with HBO's Veep and Silicon Valley both making return appearances to the category. They join HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and Netflix's Master of None, as well as GLOW.

The Handmaid's Tale and GLOW made especially strong showings here, though both are notably absent from episodic mentions. Plenty of individual episode nominations actually come from shows without series noms this year. That includes the series finale of HBO cult favorite The Leftovers, TNT's Good Behavior and Netflix's divisive The OA. Veep is actually the only nominee for best comedy series to also score an episodic mention. It is joined in that category by Netflix's Grace and Frankie and NBC's Will & Grace, Trial & Error and and the now-canceled The Carmichael Show.

In the limited races, HBO's Emmy winner Big Little Lies scored in the adapted category, while two Ryan Murphy projects (FX's American Horror Story and Feud) made a showing in the originals category.

On the snubbed front, 2017 winners Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and This Is Us both failed to garner any nominations.  

The WGA Awards are set to be held Sunday, Feb. 11. A full list of nominees follows.

  • Drama Series

    'Game of Thrones'
    'Game of Thrones'
    Courtesy of HBO

    The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX

    Better Call Saul, Written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Glatzer, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC

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

    The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

    Stranger Things, Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix

  • Comedy Series

    'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
    'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
    Courtesy of HBO

    Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Larry David, Jon Hayman, Justin Hurwitz, Jeff Schaffer; HBO

    GLOW, Written by Kristoffer Diaz, Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Emma Rathbone, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert; Netflix

    Master of None, Written by Aziz Ansari, Andrew Blitz, Zoe Jarman, Cord Jefferson, Sarah Peters, Sarah Schneider, Michael Schur, Leila Strachan, Gene Stupnitsky, Lakshmi Sundaram, Lena Waithe, Jason Woliner, Alan Yang; Netflix

    Silicon Valley, Written by Alec Berg, Donick Cary, Adam Countee, Jonathan Dotan, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, John Levenstein, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver; Aaron Zelman; HBO

    Veep, Written by Rachel Axler, Sean Gray, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Erik Kenward, Billy Kimball, Steve Koren, Dave Mandel, Jim Margolis, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith, Alexis Wilkinson; HBO

  • New Series

    'The Handmaid's Tale'
    'The Handmaid's Tale'
    George Kraychyk/Hulu

    American Vandal, Written by Seth Cohen, Lauren Herstik, Dan Lagana, Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus, Jessica Meyer, Dan Perrault, Amy Pocha, Mike Rosolio, Tony Yacenda; Netflix

    The Deuce, Written by Megan Abbott, Marc Henry Johnson, Lisa Lutz, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, Will Ralston, David Simon, Chris Yakaitis; HBO

    GLOW, Written by Kristoffer Diaz, Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Emma Rathbone, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert; Netflix

    The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

    Ozark, Written by Whit Anderson, Bill Dubuque, Ryan Farley, Alyson Feltes, Paul Kolsby, David Manson, Chris Mundy, Mark Williams, Ning Zhou, Martin Zimmerman; Netflix

  • Longform - Original

    'Feud: Bette and Joan'
    'Feud: Bette and Joan'
    Byron Cohen/FX

    American Horror Story: Cult, Written by Brad Falchuk, John J. Gray, Joshua Green, Todd Kubrak, Crystal Liu, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Adam Penn, James Wong; FX

    Feud: Bette and Joan, Written by Jaffe Cohen, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Gina Welch, Michael Zam; FX

    Flint, Written by Barbara Stepansky; Lifetime

    Godless, Written by Scott Frank; Netflix

    Manhunt: Unabomber, Written by Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson, Max Hurwitz, Steven Katz, Nick Schenk, Andrew Sodroski, Nick Towne; Discovery Channel

  • Longform - Adapted

    'Big Little Lies'
    'Big Little Lies'
    Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO

    Big Little Lies, Teleplay by David E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Liane Moriarty; HBO

    Fargo, Written by Monica Beletsky, Bob DeLauren, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Based on the film Fargo; FX

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Teleplay by Peter Landesman and and George C. Wolfe, Based on the book written by Rebecca Skloot; HBO

    The Wizard of Lies, Teleplay by Sam Levinson and John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum, Based on the Book Written by Diane B. Henriques and Truth and Consequences by Laurie Sandell; HBO

  • Shortform New Media - Adapted

    “John Hancock” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver; abc.go.com

    “Chapter 2” (The Walking Dead: Red Machete), Written by Nick Bernardone; amc.com

    “Justicia” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by Mark Leitner; abc.go.com

    “Starboy” (Zac & Mia), Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts; go90.com

  • Animation

    'BoJack Horseman'
    'BoJack Horseman'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    “Brunchsquatch” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Lizzie Molyneux &Wendy Molyneux; Fox

    “A Father’s Watch” (The Simpsons), Written by Simon Rich; Fox

    “Ruthie” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Joanna Calo; Netflix

    “The Serfsons” (The Simpsons), Written by Brian Kelley; Fox

    “Time’s Arrow” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Kate Purdy; Netflix

  • Episodic Drama

    'Better Call Saul'
    'Better Call Saul'
    Ursula Coyote/Sony Pictures Television/AMC

    “The Book of Nora” (The Leftovers), Teleplay by Tom Perrotta & Damon Lindelof, Story by Tom Spezialy & Damon Lindelof;HBO

    “Chicanery” (Better Call Saul), Written by Gordon Smith; AMC

    “The Heart Attack is the Best Way” (Good Behavior), Written by Chad Hodge; TNT 

    “Homecoming” (The OA), Written by Brit Marling &Zal Batmanglij; Netflix

    “Slip” (Better Call Saul), Written by Heather Marion;AMC

    “The Soviet Decision” (The Americans), Written by Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields; FX

  • Episodic Comedy

    'Veep'
    'Veep'
    Courtesy of HBO

    “The Burglary” (Grace and Frankie), Written by Brendan McCarthy &David Budin; Netflix

    “Intervention” (The Carmichael Show), Written by Willie Hunter; NBC

    “Judge” (Veep), Written by Ted Cohen; HBO

    “Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace), Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; NBC

    “The Verdict” (Trial & Error), Written by Jeff Astrof; NBC

  • Comedy/Variety Talk Series

    'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
    'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
    Courtesy of Randy Holmes/ABC

    Conan, Head Writer: Matt O’Brien, Writers: Jose Arroyo, Daniel Cronin, Andres du Bouchet, Jessie Gaskell, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Leah Krinsky, Stephen Kutner, Todd Levin, Levi MacDougall, Conan O’Brien, Paul Richter, Frank Smiley, Mike Sweeney; TBS

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Writers: Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Joe Grossman, Jo Miller, Jason Reich, Melinda Taub; TBS

    Jimmy Kimmel Live, Writers: Jimmy Kimmel, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Devin Field, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jesse Joyce, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, CeCe Pleasants, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo; ABC

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers:Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, Ben Silva, Seena Vali; HBO

    Late Night with Seth Meyers, Writers: Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Sal Gentile, Matt Goldich, Dina Gusovsky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Seth Reiss, Amber Ruffin, Mike Scollins, Mike Shoemaker, Ben Warheit; NBC Universal

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

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Writers: Dan Amira, David Angelo, Steve Bodow, Kashana Cauley, Devin Delliquanti, Zach DiLanzo, Hallie Haglund, David Kibuuka, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Trevor Noah, Joseph Opio, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parsons, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver-Means, Michelle Wolf; Comedy Central

    The Jim Jefferies Show, Head Writer: Jason Reich, Writers: Jim Jefferies, Subhah Agarwal, Kevin Avery, Curtis Cook, Lucas Kavner, Matt Kirshen, Bryan Olsen, Laura Willcox, JJ Whitehead, Scott Y. Zabielski; Comedy Central

  • Comedy/Variety Sketch Series

    'Saturday Night Live'
    'Saturday Night Live'
    Courtesy of NBC

    Nathan For You, Writers: Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

    Portlandia, Writers: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karen Kilgariff, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner; IFC

    Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker, Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Neal Brennan, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres; NBC Universal

    The President Show, Writers: Emily Altman, Anthony Atamanuik, Emmy Blotnick, Neil Casey, Mike Drucker, Noah Garfinkel, John Gemberling, Peter Grosz,  Mitra Jouhari, John Knefel, Alison Leiby, Christine Nangle, John Reynolds, Jason Ross, Rae Sanni, Evan Waite; Comedy Central

    Weekend Update Summer Edition, Writers: Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Dennis McNicholas, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Kent Sublette, Brian Tucker; NBC Universal

  • Comedy/Variety Specials

    '89th Annual Academy Awards'
    '89th Annual Academy Awards'
    Getty Images

    39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Dave Boone; CBS

    89th Annual Academy Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Jon Macks; Special Material Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo; ABC

    AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton, Written by Bob Gazzale, Jon Macks; TNT

    Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy, Valentine’s Day Special, Written by Scott Aukerman, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Joe Saunders, Akiva Schaffer; Additional Material Written by Zach Kanin, Claudia O’Doherty, Tim Robinson; Netflix

    Nathan For You: A Celebration, Written by Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

  • Quiz and Audience Participation

    'Hollywood Game Night'
    'Hollywood Game Night'
    NBC

    Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

    Jeopardy!, Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC

  • Daytime Drama

    'General Hospital'
    'General Hospital'
    Courtesy of ABC

    General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC

    Days of Our Lives, Writers: Ron Carlivati, Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

  • Children's Episodic and Specials

    “American Girl – Ivy & Julie” (American Girl), Written by May Chan; Amazon

    “American Girl – Knowledge is Power” (American Girl), Teleplay by Alison McDonald, Story by Alison McDonald and Caron Tschampion; Amazon

    “Just Add 1965,” (Just Add Magic), Written by Lauren Thompson; Amazon

    “Meet Julia” (Sesame Street), Written by Christine Ferraro; HBO

    “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special,” Written by Raye Lankford, Jessica Carleton, Ken Scarborough; HBO

  • Documentary Script - Current Events

    “Confronting ISIS” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS 


    “Poverty, Politics and Profit” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS

    “Unseen Enemy,” Written by Janet Tobias; CNN

  • Documentary Script - Other Than Current Events

    “Divided States of America” Part One (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

    “Rachel Carson” (American Experience), Written and Directed by Michelle Ferrari; PBS

    “The Great War” Part II (American Experience), Written by Stephen Ives; PBS

    “The Great War” Part III (American Experience), Written by Rob Rapley; PBS 


    “The Vietnam War,” Episode Six: “Things Fall Apart,” Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS 


  • Radio/Audio News Script — Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report

    “Hugh Hefner: A Social Revolutionary in Silk Pajamas,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

    “World News This Week November 18, 2016,” Written by Joan B. Harris; ABC News Radio

    “World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

  • Radio/Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary

    “Chuck Berry,” Written by Jerry Edling; CBS News Radio/KNX
     
    “Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS
     
    “Holiday Stories,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
     
    “One Nation, Overdosed: An Investigative Report,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

  • Digital News

    “At the Capitol With Those for Whom Last Night Mattered the Most,” Written by Emma Roller; SplinterNews.com

    “Becoming Ugly,” Written by Madeleine Davies; Jezebel.com

    “The Super Predators,” Written by Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson; Huffingtonpost.com

    “Why Did Politicon Make Me Want To Die?,” Written by Libby Watson; SplinterNews.com

  • Radio/Audio Documentary

    “2016 Year in Review,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

    “Castro, Cuba & Communism,” Written by Thomas A. Sabella; CBS News Radio

    “CBS Radio 90th Anniversary,” Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

    “Remembering Princess Diana 20 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

  • Radio/Audio News Script — Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report

    “Hugh Hefner: A Social Revolutionary in Silk Pajamas,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

    “World News This Week November 18, 2016,” Written by Joan B. Harris; ABC News Radio

    “World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

  • Radio/Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary

    “Chuck Berry,” Written by Jerry Edling; CBS News Radio/KNX
     
    “Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS
     
    “Holiday Stories,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
     
    “One Nation, Overdosed: An Investigative Report,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

  • On-Air Promotion (Television, New Media or Radio)

    'The Good Fight'
    'The Good Fight'
    Patrick Harbron/CBS

    “CBS Comedy,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television

    “The Good Fight,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotions
     

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