Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AFT Awards: Best Writing for a Drama Series

This is the fourteenth category of the 8th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2013-2014 seasons. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Writing for a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Two Imposters (Boardwalk Empire), Helter Skelter (Dexter), The Hatchet Tour (Justified), The Greater Fool (The Newsroom), Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner (Orphan Black)

Emmy nominees: Felina (Breaking Bad), Ozymandias (Breaking Bad), The Children (Game of Thrones), Chapter 14 (House of Cards), The Secret Fate of All of Life (True Detective)

Semi-finalists: Bloodlines (Banshee), A Murder of Crowes (Justified), The Strategy (Mad Men), Pilot (Masters of Sex), Hunag Wu (Sons of Anarchy), John 8:32 (Sons of Anarchy)

Finalists: Granite State (Breaking Bad), All Shot to Hell (Justified), A Mother's Work (Sons of Anarchy), RAM (Person of Interest), You Are My Sunshine (Sons of Anarchy)

The nominees:

Ozymandias (Breaking Bad)
A Mouth is a Mouth (Ray Donovan)
The Beetle (The Bridge)
Wrong Roads (Justified)

These incredible dramatic four hours all employed fantastic dialogue that helped to define the shows’ characters, giving them ample opportunity to define themselves, particularly Dean Norris’ Hank, Jon Voight’s Mickey, Eric Lange’s Kenneth, and Steve Harris’ Roscoe, respectively.

The winner:

Hitting the Fan (The Good Wife) put into motions events that had been building for a while and didn’t disappoint, executing every little moment in the most empathic and memorable fashion.

Next up: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

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