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TV Junkie: What's Missing from the WGA and Golden Globes Nominations

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The nominees for the 2010 Golden Globes and WGA Awards went public this week


The nominees for the 2010 Golden Globes and WGA Awards went public this week
This week saw the list of nominees for the 2010 Writers Guild Awards and Golden Globes go public. We immediately zoomed in on the TV nominees and found some alarming omissions which spurred us to make some suggestions for nominations as well as predictions for winners. Please feel free to chime in with people/shows you thought should have been nominated and whom you think will win.The two awards are determined by very different groups of people. The WGAs are selected by a member base of over 19,000 writers while the Golden Globes are picked and voted on by 95 foreign film and TV critics. Yup, Golden Globes for US TV shows are picked by a handful of journalists from Sweden, Japan, etc. Wherever they are from, it seems like they have a hard time finding anything that isn't on the big 4 networks or premium cable which is a big fail.

See the complete lists of WGA and Golden Globes nominees and follow along with our picks and give us your suggestions.

2010 Writers Guild Awards Television Nominees (the WGAs)

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Drama Series
"Breaking Bad" AMC
"Dexter" Showtime
"Friday Night Lights" NBC
"Lost" ABC
"Mad Men" AMC
Should Have Been Nominated: "True Blood" Showtime, "Sons of Anarchy" FX
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Breaking Bad" AMC
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "Mad Men" AMC

Comedy Series
"30 Rock" NBC
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" HBO
"Glee" Fox
"Modern Family" ABC
"The Office" NBC
Should Have Been Nominated: "Bored to Death" HBO, "The League" FX
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" HBO
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "30 Rock" NBC

New Series
"Glee" Fox
"The Good Wife" CBS
"Hung" HBO
"Modern Family" ABC
"Nurse Jackie" Showtime
Should Have Been Nominated: "Bored to Death" HBO, "The League" FX
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Modern Family" ABC
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "Glee" Fox

Episodic Drama - Any Length - One Airing Time
"Broken, Part 1 and Part 2" (House), Written by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David Foster & David Shore; Fox
"Come, Ye Saints" (Big Love), Written by Melanie Marnich; HBO
"The Grown Ups" (Mad Men), Written by Brett Johnson and Matthew Weiner; AMC
"Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" (Mad Men), Written by Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner; AMC
"I Will Rise Up" (True Blood), Written by Nancy Oliver; HBO
"Phoenix" (Breaking Bad), Written by John Shiban; AMC
Of Nominated, Should Win: "I Will Rise Up" (True Blood)
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" (Mad Men)

Episodic Comedy - Any Length - One Airing Time
"Apollo, Apollo" (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC
"Broke" (The Office), Written by Charles Grandy; NBC
"Chapter 1" (Eastbound & Down), Written by Ben T. Best & Jody L. Hill & Danny McBride; HBO
"Gossip" (The Office), Written by Paul Lieberstein; NBC
"Pilot" (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd; ABC
"Reunion" (30 Rock), Written by Matt Hubbard; NBC
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Pilot" (Modern Family) ABC
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "Gossip" (The Office) NBC

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Long Form - Original - Over One Hour - One or Two Parts, One or Two Airing Times
"Georgia O'Keeffe" Written by Michael Cristofer; Lifetime
"Grey Gardens" Teleplay by Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, Story by Michael Sucsy; HBO
"Pedro" Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, Story by Paris Barclay & Dustin Lance Black; MTV
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Pedro", MTV
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "Grey Gardens", HBO

Animation - Any Length - One Airing Time
"The Burns and the Bees" (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox
"Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe" (The Simpsons), Written by John Frink; Fox
"Gone Maggie Gone" (The Simpsons), Written by Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham; Fox
"Take My Life, Please" (The Simpsons), Written by Don Payne; Fox
"Wedding for Disaster" (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox
Should Have Been Nominated: Any episode of "Robot Chicken" Cartoon Network

Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series
"Real Time with Bill Maher" HBO
"Saturday Night Live" NBC
"The Colbert Report" Comedy Central
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Comedy Central
"The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" NBC
Should Have Been Nominated: "The Soup" E!, "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" CBS, "The Late Show With David Letterman" CBS, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ABC
Of Nominated, Should Win: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Comedy Central
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Comedy Central

Documentary - Current Events
"Black Money" (Frontline), Written by Lowell Bergman, Oriana Zill de Granados; PBS
"Heat" (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS
"The Hugo Chávez Show" (Frontline), Written by Ofra Bikel; PBS
"Inside the Meltdown" (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS
"The Madoff Affair" (Frontline), Written by Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith; PBS
"Poisoned Waters" (Frontline), Written by Hedrick Smith, Rick Young; PBS
NOTE: The fact that commercial and premium cable television can't field an offering that garners a nomination is a complete failure of those

Documentary - Other Than Current Events
"The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" (American Experience), Written by Barak Goodman; PBS
"The National Parks: Americas Best Idea, Episode Two: 1890-1915: The Last Refuge" Written by Dayton Duncan; PBS
"The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer" (American Experience), Written by David Grubin; PBS
"Soul of a People: Writing America's Story" Written by David A. Taylor, Olive Emma Bucklin, Andrea Kalin; Smithsonian Channel
"We Shall Remain: Episode Three: Trail of Tears" (American Experience), Written by Mark Zwonitzer; PBS
"We Shall Remain: Episode Two: Tecumseh's Vision" (American Experience), Written by Ric Burns; PBS
NOTE: Whoa, something other than PBS made it into this category!

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Golden Globe Awards Television Nominees

Best TV Drama Series
"Big Love" HBO
"Dexter" Showtime
"House" Fox
"Mad Men" AMC
"True Blood" HBO
Should Have Been Nominated: "Sons of Anarchy" FX, "Breaking Bad" AMC
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Dexter" Showtime
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "Mad Men" AMC

Best TV Comedy or Musical Series
"30 Rock" NBC
"Entourage" HBO
"Glee," Fox
"Modern Family" ABC
"The Office" NBC
Should Have Been Nominated: "Bored to Death" HBO, "Community" NBC, "The League" FX, "Hung" HBO, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" HBO, "Big Bang Theory" CBS
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Modern Family" ABC
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "30 Rock" NBC

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist" CBS - really?
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" AMC
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" Showtime
Hugh Laurie, "House" Fox
Bill Paxton, "Big Love" HBO
Should Have Been Nominated: Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad" AMC
Of Nominated, Should Win: Bill Paxton, "Big Love" HBO
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: Hugh Laurie, "House" Fox

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Glenn Close, "Damages" FX
January Jones, "Mad Men" AMC
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" CBS
Anna Paquin, "True Blood" HBO
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" TNT

Should Have Been Nominated: Katey Sagal "Sons of Anarchy" FX
Of Nominated, Should Win: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" CBS
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: Glenn Close, "Damages" FX

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Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" NBC
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Showtime
Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara" Showtime
Lea Michele, "Glee" Fox - really?
Courteney Cox, "Cougar Town," ABC - really?
Should Have Been Nominated: Amy Poehler "Parks and Recreation" NBC, Julia Louis-Dreyfus "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Of Nominated, Should Win: Tina Fey "30 Rock" NBC
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: Lea Michele "Glee" Fox

Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" NBC
Steve Carell, "The Office" NBC
David Duchovny, "Californication" Showtime
Matthew Morrison, "Glee" Fox - really?
Thomas Jane, "Hung" HBO
Should Have Been Nominated: Jason Schwartzman "Bored To Death" HBO, Tony Shalhoub "Monk" USA, Larry David "Curb Your Enthusiasm" HBO, Joel McHale "Community" NBC
Of Nominated, Should Win: Alec Baldwin "30 Rock" NBC
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: Alec Baldwin "30 Rock" NBC

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage" HBO - really?
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother" CBS
William Hurt, "Damages" FX
John Lithgow, "Dexter" Showtime
Michael Emerson, "Lost" ABC
Should Have Been Nominated: Ted Danson "Bored to Death" HBO
Of Nominated, Should Win: John Lithgow, "Dexter" Showtime
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: John Lithgow, "Dexter" Showtime

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jane Lynch, "Glee" Fox
Rose Byrne, "Damages" FX
Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm" HBO
Jane Adams, "Hung" HBO
Chloe Sevigny, "Big Love" HBO
Of Nominated, Should Win: Rose Byrne, "Damages," FX
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: Rose Byrne, "Damages," FX

Best TV Movie or Miniseries
"Georgia O'Keeffe" Lifetime
"Grey Gardens" HBO
"Into the Storm" HBO
"Little Dorrit" PBS
"Taking Chance" HBO
Of Nominated, Should Win: "Grey Gardens" HBO
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: "Grey Gardens" HBO

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance" HBO
Kenneth Branagh, "Wallender" PBS
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Endgame" PBS
Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm" HBO
Jeremy Irons, "Georgia O'Keeffe" Lifetime
Of Nominated, Should Win: Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance" HBO
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm" HBO

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keeffe" Lifetime
Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens" HBO
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens" HBO
Anna Paquin, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" CBS
Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby" Lifetime
Of Nominated, Should Win: Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens" HBO
Of Nominated, Will Probably Win: Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens" HBO