Modern Family, 30 Rock and Mad Men will contend for accolades from the Producers Guild of America, while the Writers Guild of America balanced award nominations for those TV stalwarts with a nod to fresh faces like Game of Thrones, Homeland and New Girl.

Mockumentary-style sitcom Modern Family, which scooped the PGA's comedy series prize in 2010, is in the running for a second straight win, facing strong competition from Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory, Glee and past recipient 30 Rock.

However, because the producer group's eligibility period spans June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011, shows that debuted in the fall were left out, including odd roommates sitcom New Girl, post-9/11 drama Homeland and the latest season of acclaimed series Breaking Bad. However, those eligibility dates mean that Mad Men — which aired its season four finale in October 2010 — is nominated for a fourth consecutive best drama prize from the PGA. Other finalists include Prohibition era series Boardwalk Empire, legal drama The Good Wife, serial killer tale Dexter and the fantasy epic Game of Thrones.

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Sitcom Modern Family is a nominee for awards from both the Producers Guild and Writers Guild of America. ((Citytv/Disney ABC Television Group))

Other PGA nominees include:

  • Live entertainment and talk: The Colbert Report; Ellen DeGeneres Show; Real Time With Bill Maher; Saturday Night Live; The 64th Annual Tony Awards.
  • Non-fiction TV: Deadliest Catch; American Masters; Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations; 30 for 30; Undercover Boss.
  • Competition TV: The Amazing Race; American Idol; Dancing With the Stars; Project Runway; Top Chef.

The producers guild will announce its remaining nominations for feature film and longform TV honours on Jan. 3. The winners will be revealed at a Jan. 21 gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with the ceremony to include tributes to Steven Spielberg, Leslie Moonves, Don Mischer and Stan Lee.

Newcomers acknowledged

With a dedicated category recognizing new series, the Writers Guild shone a spotlight on several noted newcomers.

Homeland, the much-touted terrorism-themed drama starring Emmy-winner Claire Danes, is a leader among the freshman shows with its nominations for best drama series, best new series as well as a nod in the episodic drama category for the instalment The Good Soldier.

It faces fellow newbie and new hit Game of Thrones, also nominated for best drama and best new series.

Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and The Good Wife round out the drama series nominees, while competition for the new series crown includes the Zooey Deschanel-led New Girl, crime thriller The Killing and British-American sitcom Episodes.

The WGA best comedy series race pits relative newcomer Louie, comedian Louis C.K.'s shows, against four established titles: 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Modern Family.

Other nominees include:

  • Long form, adapted: Mildred Pierce; Too Big to Fail
  • Long form, original: Cinema Verite; Five
  • Comedy/variety/talk series: Conan; Jon Benjamin Has a Van; Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; Real Time with Bill Maher; Saturday Night Live; The Colbert Report; The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
  • Episodic drama: A Dangerous Maid (Boardwalk Empire); The Age of Reason (Boardwalk Empire); Box Cutter (Breaking Bad); End Times (Breaking Bad); The Good Soldier (Homeland); Just Let Go (Dexter).
  • Episodic comedy: Caught in the Act (Modern Family); Goodbye Michael, Part 2 (The Office); Mother’s Day (Modern Family); Object Impermanence (Weeds); PDA (The Office); Queen of Jordan (30 Rock).

The Writers Guild will announce the winners at a pair of simultaneous galas in Los Angeles and New York on Feb. 19.