Producers Pick '24,' 'Office'
NBC, FOX lead guild nominees for best in TV
LOS ANGELES --
You may have already thought that shows like "24," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Office" are among the best productions in TV. The people who actually do the producing agree with you.
The Producers Guild of America has tapped those three series, along with "Arrested Development," "The Sopranos," "American Idol" and others, as nominees for the guild's annual awards. NBC and FOX gathered the most nominations with four each; ABC, CBS and HBO have three apiece.
The awards cover shows produced between Sept. 1, 2005 and May 31, 2006, which explains why none of this season's new series made the cut. The guild also held up its nominees for TV movies and miniseries over credit issues, Variety reports. Those nominees will be announced with the feature-film contenders in January.
The nominees in the comedy and drama categories read a lot like the most recent Emmy list, with four of the dramas and three comedies showing up in both spots. "Lost" replaces Emmy nominee "The West Wing" in the guild's drama list, while "Weeds" and "My Name Is Earl" sub for "Scrubs" and "Two and a Half Men" among the comedies.
HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is also a comedy nominee. The guild initially included the show among its nominees last year before realizing it hadn't aired during the eligibility period. "Scrubs" replaced it.
The Producers Guild will hand out its awards on Jan. 20. Here's the list of TV nominees:
Episodic TV -- Comedy
"Arrested Development" (FOX): Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Mitchell Hurwitz, John Amodeo, Dean Lorey, Jim Vallely, Richard Day, Tom Saunders
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO): Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Robert B. Weide, Larry Charles, Tim Gibbons, Erin O'Malley
"My Name Is Earl" (NBC): Greg Garcia, Marc Buckland, Henry Lange Jr.
"The Office" (NBC): Greg Daniels, Kent Zbornak
"Weeds" (Showtime): Jenji Kohan, Roberto Benabib, Mark Burley
Episodic TV -- Drama
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC): Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, James Parriott, Peter Horton, Rob Corn
"House" (FOX): David Shore, Katie Jacobs
"Lost" (ABC): J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Jean Higgins, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Elizabeth Sarnoff
"The Sopranos" (HBO): David Chase, Brad Grey, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, Matthew Weiner, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Henry Bronchtein, Martin Bruestle, Gianna Smart
"24" (FOX): Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Michael Loceff, Michael Klick
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (Warner Bros. TV): Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Karen Kilgariff
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC): Lorne Michaels, Jeff Ross, Tracy King, Frank Smiley, Daniel Ferguson
"The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS): Maria Pope, Barbara Gaines, Rob Burnett, Jude Brennan
"Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO): Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Dean Johnsen
"The XX Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony" (NBC): Dick Ebersol, David Neal, Molly Solomon
"The Amazing Race 9" (CBS): Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Amy Chacon, Hayma "Screech" Washington, Evan Weinstein, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo
"American Idol" (FOX): Credits not yet determined
"Dancing with the Stars" (ABC): Credits not yet determined
"Project Runway" (Bravo): Credits not yet determined
"60 Minutes" (CBS): Jeff Fager