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Writers Guild of America set to kick off the television awards season

The Writers Guild of America will announce its annual television nominations this Thursday (Dec. 7) with its 70th film nominations to follow on Jan. 4, 2018. Winners for both will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 11. Voting for television nominations opened Oct. 24 and closed Nov. 21. Unlike most other guilds that simply use the calendar year for eligibility, the WGA uses December to November, “regardless of how many episodes aired during this period.”

This means that the second season of “The Crown” that releases later this week will have to wait another year to contend and it might even be bundled with the third season if Netflix releases it in November as it did with the first season. The off-kilter calendar also means that “Westworld” is eligible because its first season finale, which is the episode that the Emmys nominated for Best Drama Writing, actually aired Dec. 4, 2016. However, “Westworld” might not have submitted for consideration, given that the first season was already nominated last year. It would not the first time that an eligible HBO epic missed a cycle; the third season of “Game of Thrones” missed the nominating ballot in 2013 as a result of a submission error.

This will be the 13th year that the WGA will award a Best New Series. Exactly two of the five nominees on average per year have been comedies, although the WGA has nominated as many as four (2009) and as few as zero (2008, 2010). “Atlanta” became the fourth comedy in 12 years to win Best New Series Writing last year, defeating fellow comedy “Better Things” and dramas “Stranger Things,” “This is Us” and “Westworld.” “The

Article source: http://www.goldderby.com/article/2017/writers-guild-of-america-awards-2018-wga-news/

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