Producers Guild Announces TV Nominees

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

  • “Breaking Bad” (AMC) Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett
  • “Downton Abbey” (PBS) Producers: Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO) Producers: David Benioff, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weis
  • “Homeland” (Showtime) Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm
  • “Mad Men” (AMC) Producers: Jon Hamm, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Victor Levin, Blake McCormick, Matthew Weiner

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

  • “30 Rock” (NBC) Producers:  Irene Burns, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dylan Morgan, Jeff Richmond, John Riggi, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner
  • “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) Producers:  Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima Belyeu, Bill Prady
  • “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) Producers: Alec Berg, Larry Charles, Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Tim Gibbons, David Mandel, Erin O’Malley, Jeff Schaffer, Laura Streicher
  • “Louie” (FX) Producers:  Dave Becky, M. Blair Breard, Louis C.K.
  • “Modern Family” (ABC) Producers:  Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff,  Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

  • “American Masters” (PBS) Producers: Prudence Glass, Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
  • “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel) Producers:  Christopher Collins, Mike Steed, Lydia Tenaglia, Tom Vitale, Sandy Zweig
  • “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel) Producers:  Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, Sean Dash, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Bill Pruitt, Decker Watson
  • “Inside the Actors Studio” (Bravo)  Producers: Producer eligibility pendin
  • “Shark Tank” (ABC) Producers: Rhett Bachner, Becky Blitz, Mark Burnett, Bill Gaudsmith, Yun Lingner, Brien Meagher, Clay Newbill, Jim Roush, Laura Skowlund, Paul Sutera, Patrick Wood

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

  • “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central) Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC) Producers: David Craig, Ken Crosby, Doug DeLuca, Erin Irwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Jill Leiderman, Jason Schrift, Jennifer Sharron
  •  “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) Producers: Hillary Hunn, Lorne Michaels, Gavin Purcell, Michael Shoemaker
  • “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO) Producers:  Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin
  • “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) Producers: Ken Aymong, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

  • “The Amazing Race” (CBS) Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
  • “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) Producers: Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur
  • “Project Runway” (Lifetime) Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands
  • “Top Chef” (Bravo) Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Murphy, Nan Strait
  •  “The Voice” (NBC) Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John De Mol, Jamie Evans, Chad Hines, Audrey Morrissey, Richard A. Pizante, David Pritikin, Jim Roush, Nicolle Yaron (additional producers eligibility pending)

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

  • “24/7” (HBO)
  • “Catching Hell” (ESPN)
  • “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” (HBO)
  • “On Freddie Roach” (HBO)
  • “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

  • “Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel)
  • “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
  • “Phineas and Ferb” (Disney Channel)
  • “Sesame Street” (PBS)
  • “The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover” (HBO)

The nominees of the Award for Outstanding Digital Series are listed below in alphabetical order:

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All other nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 3, 2013, along with the individual producers.

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19 Comments

  1. Rod
    November 28, 2012

    4 of my 5 favorite shows are nominated … can’t complain. :)
    I would just replace Game of Thrones with Boardwalk Empire.

  2. Filipe
    November 28, 2012

    Breaking Bad
    Downton Abbey
    Game of Thrones
    Homeland
    Mad Men

    Damn, when did TV get SO GREAT?

  3. Ryan
    November 28, 2012

    How is Curb eligible?

  4. DaneM
    November 28, 2012

    No way, Rod, Games of Thrones is exceptional and adds genre flavor to the list of nominees.

  5. vbn
    November 28, 2012

    I feel like I’m living in an alternate reality where Downton Abbey is actually a good quality TV show.

    It’s so so bad. So so awful. The writing is terrible and uninspired. The acting is crap – mostly because of what the actors are being forced to say. I don’t understand why it’s getting nominated for awards. I certainly don’t understand why it’s getting nominated ahead of decent, hell even mediocre shows. Do Americans just stop thinking critically when they here upper-class English accents?

    I say this as a Brit – Downton Abbey is shit, and has no right being nominated alongside the likes of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones or Homeland.

  6. Raygo
    November 28, 2012

    Boardwalk Empire’s absence is puzzling. The last two episodes of Season 2 were pretty terrific. It’s a better show than Downton Abbey. Sometimes the window dressing is a little over the top, but it’s also a beautiful show to watch.

    My main complaint is that they have deviated from the source material in favor of this fictional universe. I’m not sure I buy these stories, especially since the source material is non-fiction. As someone who grew up 40 miles from Atlantic City, I know there are some pretty interesting true tales to tell, so why invent them?

    That said, who know that Bobby Cannivale could be such a bad ass?

  7. Rod
    November 28, 2012

    DaneM: I love Game of Thrones as well. I just prefer Boardwalk Empire a little more. ;)

  8. Ryman
    November 28, 2012

    No Daily Show?

  9. Adam Lewis
    November 28, 2012

    Parks and Recreation is one of the best shows of all time! In my humble opinion, of course.

    Should be on this list!

  10. keifer
    November 28, 2012

    vbn

    I think you are overreacting, but I will grant you that Americans are suckers for a British accent (automatically grants a classier form of television when viewing).

    If you lived in the United States, you may have a better appreciation for “Downton Abbey”, since quality television fare is pretty skimpy here, mate. Just being subjected to such vulgar fare as “The Jerry Springer Show”, “The Maury Povich Shown”, or any number of extremely VIOLENT US cop shows which depict mutilations, murders, child abuse, rape, kidnapping, and any number of perverse activities as “entertainment” and you will gladly tune in to “Downton Abbey” out of sheer exasperation! Personally, I’ll watch anything with Maggie Smith. She’s wonderful. As is Michelle Dockery and Joanne Frogat.

  11. caleb roth
    November 28, 2012

    They are all great, but Mad Men is way greater than anything else, and it is still getting better as we’re going to season 6!

  12. Gez
    November 28, 2012

    Boardwalk should be on there instead of Downton Abbey. Its such a great show.

    Raygo – I dont think the producers have much of an alternative than focusing on some of the fictional characters. The real life characters still get plenty of screentime but there is a limit to what they can make them do or say. Still I can see the coming seasons dealing more with Rothstein/Luciano/Lansky and even more importantly Capone.

    Mad Men and Boardwalk are easily the best. Homeland is good. I love Game of Thrones but love the books more. Havnt yet seen Breaking Bad.

  13. g
    November 28, 2012

    Downtown Abbey is amazing, I am so glad it’s being recognized again!

  14. November 28, 2012

    Homeland FTW!
    I prefer Boardwalk over Thrones but i love both of them.

  15. checko
    November 28, 2012

    They don’t have a category for miniseries or picture made for tv?

  16. representDLV
    November 29, 2012

    “since quality television fare is pretty skimpy here”

    Are you talking about the US? Are you serious? Sure, the US has some crappy shows, but every country has crappy shows. Almost all the greatest shows are from the US. There are so many great shows here, it’s far from “skimpy”.

  17. Ruth
    November 29, 2012

    Cant get into Homeland, I think its very mediocre. Downton Abbey is ordinary as well.

    Should be between Mad Men & Breaking Bad.

  18. brian
    November 30, 2012

    Can’t get into Mad Men or Breaking Bad but I’m pretty sure that both are elite television programs. I was however thoroughly engrossed by Homeland which gets my vote.

  19. December 2, 2012

    Ryan, Curb Your Enthusiasm is eligible because the PGA uses the same eligibility period as the Emmys (June 2011 to May 2012); they just announce their nominations and awards much, much later.

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