The Writers Guild of America, east and west, has announced the nominations for outstanding achievement in television and radio writing for the 2004 season. Taking four out of the five noms in the animation category, Fox’s long-running primetime toon, The Simpsons, is favored to come away victorious when the 57th annual awards ceremonies are held on both coasts on Saturday, Feb. 19.
The Simpsons dominates the animation category with recognition for the episodes "Today I Am A Clown," written by Joel H. Cohen; "Fraudcast News," written by Don Payne; "Milhouse Doesn’t Live Here Anymore," written by Julie Chambers and David Chambers; and "Catch ‘Em If You Can," written by Ian Maxtone-Graham. The only other toon to get a nod in the category is Cartoon Network’s Justice League, nominated for the episode "Starcrossed," written by Rich Fogel, John Ridley and Dwayne Mcduffie from a story by Fogel.
In a related category, ABC’s effects-filled telepic, A Wrinkle In Time, written by Susan Shilliday and based on the Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, is up for Best Children’s Script. It’s up against Showtime’s A Separate Peace, written by Wendy Kesselman and based on the Novel by John Knowles.
See the full list of WGA nominees at www.wga.org.