Continuing a trend as last year’s awards season wraps up, the Writers Guild of America on Sunday night named Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Veep the best-written drama and best-written comedy on TV.
Also staying fairly true to the Emmys, HBO’s Big Little Lies was named best-written adapted longform program of 2017, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver best-written comedy or variety or talk series and NBC’s Saturday Night Live best-written comedy or variety sketch series. Lifetime’s Flint won for longform original program, while Netflix’s Bojack Horseman won for animated series.
The WGA also awards best-written individual episodes of series, with AMC’s Better Call Saul and NBC’s Will & Grace taking these home on the drama and comedy sides.
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock — who together have written and executive produced such series as Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Great News — received the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence, which was presented to the pair by Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch.
Patton Oswalt hosted the ceremony held, like the Golden Globes, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., while Late Night with Seth Meyers’ Amber Ruffin hosted a similar ceremony in New York City.
Because the events were not televised, both the hosts and presenters could be somewhat more barbed, with Oswalt commenting that the writers’ strike of 2008 led directly to the election of President Donald Trump: “The best way to make comedy without writers was to point cameras at assholes,” he said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The next time you think of taking away writers’ jobs and developing a show without a true scribe, I want you to imagine one thing.… President Theodore Nugent. And never fuck with writers again.”
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