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'Homeland' and 'Breaking Bad' Lead 2012 WGA Awards TV Winner List

February 20, 2012, 3:50 am GMT

The Showtime newbie and the AMC show are tied for Episodic Drama prize, while 'Modern Family' shines in Comedy Series category.



"Homeland" continued marking its impressive first season by landing more awards. After winning Best Television Series - Drama at Golden Globe Awards which was held this January, the Claire Danes-starring show won the writing prize for New Series at the 2012 WGA Awards. The Showtime thriller additionally nabbed the Episodic Drama kudo, sharing the title with AMC's acclaimed show "Breaking Bad".

"Breaking Bad" had its second win at the Sunday, February 19 ceremony after beating out "Homeland", "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones" and "The Good Wife" in Drama Series category. Accepting the award, creator Vince Gilligan praised lead actor Bryan Cranston as saying, "We wouldn't have a show without Bryan Cranston."

"Modern Family", meanwhile, was the big winner in comedy categories. Edging out the likes of "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation" for Comedy Series kudo, the show nabbed another prize for its episode "Caught in the Act".

Commenting on their victorious night, co-creator Steve Levitan enthused, "We are concerned that people are sick of us [winning]. Perhaps you can focus your backlash elsewhere. As such, we asked our writers to each say why they don't feel like winners tonight."

The show's writers then dished on their deepest regrets, with some of them including, "I have 2 years left in this business, especially after they find out my real age," and "I created the show STAT and have to live with that."

"The Simpsons", which recently hit the milestone with the airing of its 500th episode, scored an award for Animation category. "Cinema Verite" and "Too Big to Fail" also won one prize each, for Long Form - Original and Long Form - Adapted category respectively. "The Colbert Report" won the Comedy / Variety prize, while "General Hospital" beat other daytime dramas.

The winners of WGA Awards were announced in simultaneous ceremonies held in Los Angeles and New York City. Zooey Deschanel served as the host at the show, which also presented gongs for the best writings in movies.

Receiving the special honors were Patric M. Verrone (The Honorary Service - Morgan Cox Award), Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick (the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television), Eric Roth (the Laurel Award for Screen), as well as Tate Taylor (the Special Achievement - Paul Selvin Award).



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