“Sopranos,” “West Wing” top Writers Guild nominations

The Writers Guild of America on Tuesday announced their nominations for outstanding achievement in television and radio writing for the 2001 season. PBS led the nomination with nine nods, sweeping the documentary categories. HBO and CBS followed with eight nominations each.

Not surprisingly, HBO’s The Sopranos and NBC’s White House drama The West Wing dominated the TV nominations, accounting for five of the six candidates for dramatic primetime series. The CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation rounded out the episodic drama category with one nomination.

PBS garnered a total of nine nominations for Frontline, American Experience and The Song of the Lark, sweeping the two documentary categories.

HBO drew an impressive total of eight nominations, second in line only to PBS. Other than the three nominations for The Sopranos, the cable network garnered two nominations for the comedy series Sex and the City, and one each for the baseball drama 61* and the documentary For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, which were nominated for original long-form programs.

NBC snagged seven nominations, including two for The West Wing, leading the Big Four broadcasters.

Fox took three nods for best comedy series, with two for Malcolm in the Middle and one for Titus. CBS received a nomination for Everybody Loves Raymond for best comedy series.

The guild will announce their feature film nominations on Feb. 7. The winning writers in all categories of the 54th annual WGA awards for television will be announced March 2, at ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Pierre Hotel in New York City.