Writers Guild Digs Simpsons

Fox’s The Simpsons dominates the Animation category in the list of nominees for the 2007 Writers Guild Awards for Television and Radio. The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) will come together to recognizing outstanding achievements in the 2006 season during the awards ceremony, taking place simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York on Sunday, Feb. 11.

The Simpsons grabbed four of the six nominations in the WGA’s Animation category. The members of the show’s writing staff have been singled out for the episodes ‘The Italian Bob: (John Frink), ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore’ (Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta), ‘Simpsons Christmas Stories’ (Don Payne) and ‘Girls Just Want to Have Sums’ (Matt Selman). The other two nominees are Cartoon Network’s The Life and Times of Juniper Lee for the episode ‘Who’s Your Daddy? (Marsha Griffin) and Fox’s King of the Hill for ‘Church Hopping’ (Jim Dauterive).

Earlier this year, The Simpsons picked up its ninth Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program. Currently in its 18th season, the show will celebrate its 400th episode in May of 2007, and the highly anticipated Simpsons movie will hit theaters on July 27, 2007. The series is produced by Gracie Films, in association with 20th Century Fox Television, and animated by Film Roman.

For more information about the upcoming 2007 Writers Guild Awards, go to www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.