"Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" led the way when the Writers Guild of America announced its television nominees on Thursday.
AMC's dark drug drama earned the most nominations overall with five, including a nod for best drama series and four nods for individual episodes.
Other contenders in the drama series category include "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Mad Men."
"Modern Family" earned the most nominations of any comedy, with four. The ABC sitcom will compete in the best comedy series category alongside "30 Rock," "Girls," "Louie" and "Parks and Recreation."
Nominees in the new series category are "Girls," "The Mindy Project," "Nashville," "The Newsroom" and "Veep."
The Writers Guild recognizes achievements in the writing of television, news, radio and animation during the 2012 season. (See the full list of nominees here.) The group will announce its nominees in the movie field in January, Reuters reports.
The winners will be honored at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 17, 2013, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.