Thursday, June 20, 2024

WGA: “Mad Men” Named Best Drama, and Best Episodic Series


“Mad Men” won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama. Series writer Erin Levy also won for Best Episodic Drama–an award for a specific episode.

Series creator Matthew Weiner accepted the award, ironic since he still has no deal to do a fifth season of the popular, award winning show.

Weiner joked, “We thought you forgot about us.” He then brought up all the writers for the show. Weiner was referring to the fact that HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” has lately been picking up all the drama awards for television. Indeed, “Boardwalk Empire” won the award for Best New Drama.

“Modern Family” won Best Comedy. “The Social Network” won Best Adapted Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. “Inception” by Christopher Nolan won Best Original Screenplay.

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock joked that the WGA Awards are so obscure, guests have to pay for their own parking. Well, that’s the story of writers in Hollywood, isn’t it? There would be no movies or TV without them, but writers are always third class citizens.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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