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'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' scribes earn Writer's Guild noms

5 December 2013 10:28 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Writers for Breaking Bad and House of Cards were among those singled out for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, which will be held on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles and New York.

The nominees are:

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, William E. Bromell, Alexander Cary, »

- Lynette Rice

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Animated Comedy From Ed Helms & Graham Wagner Gets NBC Presentation Order

16 October 2013 2:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: NBC is renewing its efforts to bring animation back to its comedy lineup. The network has given a presentation order to Mystery Island, an animated comedy voiced and co-written by The Office alum Ed Helms. Helms has teamed on the project with former Office writer-producer Graham Wagner. The duo, who met on the long-running NBC workplace comedy, are co-writing Mystery Island — set on an island where holidaymakers get marooned after their cruise ship malfunctions — for Universal TV where Helms’ newly launched company Pacific Electric Picture Co. has a first-look deal. The two executive produce with Pacific Electric Picture Evp Michael Falbo. This marks the second sale for both Wagner and Pacific Electric Picture. Wagner also is co-writing/exec producing NBC’s live-action The Younger Man, a starring vehicle for Justin Long, who is co-writing with his brother Christian, with Jason Winer exec producing. Pacific Electric Picture also has a »


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Ed Helms Set to Produce New Comedy for NBC

10 October 2013 9:23 AM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

According to Deadline, Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover) is producing a new comedy for NBC. The show will be written by Aisha Muharrar, who is a producer and former writer for Parks and Recreation, and will center around a teenager who wants to be the next Oprah. She’s socially awkward, though, so she tries to solve the problems of her friends and family Oprah-style to help get her ready for the big time. »

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Ed Helms Producing Comedy For NBC, Jake Johnson Producing Half-Hour For Fox

9 October 2013 7:17 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ed Helms, star of NBC’s biggest comedy series of the past five years, The Office, is producing a new comedy project for the network written by Aisha Muharrar. Meanwhile, Fox has bought a comedy produced by one of the stars of its current flagship comedy series, New Girl‘s Jake Johnson. It is written by Matt Spicer. The Aisha Muharrar NBC project centers on a gifted teen who aspires to be the next Oprah, but lacks the social skills and life experience, so she uses her family and friends as the reluctant case studies in her mission to solve everyone’s problems, including her own. Universal TV, where Ed Helms’ newly launched company Pacific Electric Picture Co. has a first-look deal, is producing, with Helms and Pacific Electric Picture Evp Michael Falbo executive producing. Muharrar, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, is currently a producer on NBC/Uni TV’s Parks & Recreation, »


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Thursday Comedy Roundup: ‘Community’ 4.10 & ‘Parks & Rec’ 4.19 & 4.20

19 April 2013 1:03 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Community, Season 4, Episode 10: “Intro to Knots”

Written by Andy Bobrow

Directed by Tristram Shapeero

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

Let’s talk for a second about Abed Nadir. In a lot of ways, he seems emblematic of the problems that have hamstrung Community’s fourth season. As soon as he arrives at Jeff’s Christmas party, he is actively trying to mold it into a Die Hard homage. This isn’t unprecedented behavior for Abed, he shaped what is perhaps the series’ best episode “Critical Film Studies” into a My Dinner With Andrew homage, but recently it seems to be his sole motivating concern week in and week out. It feels like a shift in his character. If we take a look at “Cooperative Calligraphy,” an episode “Intro to Knots” closely resembles. Abed constantly comments “It’s a bottle episode!” but he is not attempting to propagate it. »

- Justin Wier

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Argo and Zero Dark Thirty honoured at the 2013 WGA Awards

18 February 2013 9:18 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ben Affleck's acclaimed CIA thriller Argo picked up another award last night as screenwriter Chris Terrio was honoured by the Writer's Guild of America at this year's WGA Awards with Best Adapted Screenplay, while Mark Boal received Best Original Screenplay for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Malik Bendejelloul collected Best Documentary Screenplay for Searching for Sugar Man.

Shifting to the small screen and there was awards success for Breaking Bad (Best Drama Series), Louie (Best Comedy Series) and Girls (Best New Series), along with Mad Men (Episodic Drama), Modern Family (Episodic Comedy), Hatfields & McCoys (Long Form - Original), Game Change (Long Form - Adapted) and The Simpsons (Animation).

Here is the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in bold:

Film Categories:

Original Screenplay

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom, »

- Flickering Myth

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