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DGA TV nominations include "Girls," "Homeland" and "Mad Men"

In January 2012, HBO started airing Lena Dunham's "Girls," a meditation on the awkwardness of being female and 20-ish in New York. By year's end, actress-director-writer Dunham, at 26, gathered so much buzz -- even appearing naked at the Primetime Emmy Awards -- that she was on her way to becoming what her character, Hannah Horvath, can only dream of being: "The voice of my generation. Or at least, A voice. Of A generation."
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Lena Dunham in a scene from the series "Girls."
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The Directors Guild announced nominees for TV and commercials on Wednesday.

Directors for "Homeland," "Girls," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mad Men" were among those receiving nods for the Directors Guild of America Awards.

The comedy TV series category featured "Louie," "The Big Bang Theory, "Modern Family," "Girls" and "30 Rock."

Bryan Cranston, star of "Breaking Bad," received his first DGA award nomination -- but not for his own series; he's up for ABC's "Modern Family" episode titled "Election Day."

As for the TV drama category, "The Newsroom," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" are in the running, along with Showtime's "Homeland," which earned nominations for two separate episodes -- one directed by Michael Cuesta and second led by Lesli Linka Glatter.

Dramatic Series:

Michael Cuesta, Showtime's "Homeland" - "The Choice"

Jennifer Getzinger, AMC's "Mad Men" - "A Little Kiss"

Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime's "Homeland" - "Q&A"

Rian Johnson, AMC's "Breaking Bad" - "Fifty-One"

Greg Mottola, HBO's "The Newsroom" - "We Just Decided To"

Comedy Series:

Louis C.K., FX's "Louie" - New Year's Eve"

Mark Cendrowski, CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" - "The Date Night Variable"

Bryan Cranston, ABC's "Modern Family" - "Election Day"

Lena Dunham, HBO's "Girls" - "Pilot"

Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC's "30 Rock" - "Live from Studio 8H"

Movies for Television and Mini-Series:

Greg Berlanti, USA's "Political Animals" - "Pilot"

Philip Kaufman, HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Kevin Reynolds, History's "Hatfields & McCoys"

Jay Roach, HBO's "Game Change"

Michael Rymer, FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum" - "Dark Cousin"

Musical Variety:

Michael Dempsey, "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief"

Don Roy King, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" with host Mick Jagger

Don Mischer, ABC's 84th Annual Academy Awards

Chuck O'Neil, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" - "Episode #17153"

Glenn Weiss, CBS' 66th Annual Tony Awards

Reality Programs:

Tony Croll, The CW's "America's Next Top Model" - The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model"

Peter Ney, Syfy's "Face Off" - "Scene of the Crime"

Brian Smith, Fox's "Master Chef" - "Episode #305"

J. Rupert Thompson, NBC's "Stars Earn Stripes" - "Amphibious Assault"

Tim Warren, SpikeTV's "Ink Master" - "Episode 103"

Daytime Serials:

Albert Alarr, NBC's "Days of Our Lives" - "Episode #11895"

Larry Carpenter, ABC's "General Hospital" - "Bad Water"

William Ludel, ABC's "General Hospital" - "Magic Milo"

Scott McKinsey, ABC's "General Hospital" - "Shot Through the Heart"

Jill Mitwell, ABC's "One Life to Live" - "Between Heaven and Hell"

Children's Programs:

Stuart Gillard, Disney Channel's "Girl vs. Monster"

Paul Hoen, Disney Channel's "Let it Shine"

Savage Steve Holland, Nickelodeon's "Big Time Movie"

Jonathan Judge, Nickelodeon's "Camp Fred"

Amy Schatz, HBO's "Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules for Parents on Divorce"

Commercials:

Lance Acord (Jogger, Nike; The Dog Strikes Back, Volkswagen 2012; Thread, Levi's; Greatness, Nike)

Steve Ayson (Beer Chase, Carlton Draught; Let Me Go, The Cosmopolitan of Los Vegas)

Fredrik Bond (Surfer, Puma; Eternal Optimism, Budweiser)

Alejandro G. Inarritu (Best Job, Proctor and Gamble)

Tom Kuntz (Terry Crews Muscle Minds, Old Spice; Stray Animals, DirecTV; Roadside Ditch, DirecTV; Platoon, DirecTV)