This Is More Like It

The 2007 Edgar nominees were announced today and, for the first time in years, the TV episodic category wasn’t dominated by LAW AND ORDER (and it’s spin-offs). Instead, the nominees  this year truly reflect the diversity of mystery shows on TV:

The Closer – "Blue Blood", Teleplay by James Duff & Mike Berchem (Turner Network Television)
Dexter – "Crocodile", Teleplay by Clyde Phillips (Showtime)
House – "Clueless", Teleplay by Thomas L. Moran (Fox/NBC Universal)
Life on Mars – Episode 1, Teleplay by Matthew Graham (BBC America)
Monk – "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink", Teleplay by Hy Conrad (USA Network/NBC Universal)

The committee seems to  have been swayed by character over procedure this  year, since none of the  pure procedurals (CSI, CRIMINAL MINDS, etc) were nominated. But I think it’s an impressive bunch of nominees.

The TV movie and mini-series category is equally impressive and clearly indicates  just how few mystery-themed TV movies and miniseries are being done on the big broadcast networks…but that the genre is thriving elsewhere:

Conviction, Teleplay by Bill Gallagher (BBC America)
Cracker: A New Terror, Teleplay by Jimmy McGovern (BBC America)
Messiah: The Harrowing, Teleplay by Terry Cafolla (BBC America)
Secret Smile, Teleplay by Kate Brooke, based on the book by Nicci French (BBC America)
Wire, Season 4, Teleplays by Ed Burns, Kia Corthron, Dennis Lehane,
David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David
Simon & William F. Zorzi (Home Box Office)

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