The Humanitas organization just announced its finalists for this year's 36th annual Humanitas Prize -- and like the Emmys, two of the big nominees are newbies "Glee" and "Modern Family." But unlike the Emmys, "Glee" is actually going up against other one-hour shows (as Humanitas divides shows by length, not genre).
The prizes will be awarded on Thursday, Sept. 16 at a Beverly Hills luncheon. Humanitas exec director Cathleen Young and president John Wells announced the nominees on Wednesday.
"Humanitas exists to shine a light on writers who inspire us to think, feel, laugh and cry with stories that tell us where we've been, where we are and where we are going," Young said. "Today's finalists epitomize all that Humanitas stands for: fully realized characters and elegant, powerful storytelling that entertains and uplifts us."
Here are the nominees:
60 Minute Category ($10,000)
BREAKING BAD "Peekaboo" Written
by: J. Roberts & Vince Gillligan (AMC)
GLEE "Wheels" Written by: Ryan Murphy (FOX)
THE GOOD WIFE: "Pilot" Written by: Robert King & Michelle King (CBS)
GREY'S ANATOMY "Give Peace a Chance" Written by: Peter Nowalk (ABC)
IN TREATMENT "Walter -Week Six" Written by: Warren Leight (HBO)
MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE "Father's Fraternity" Written by: Warren Hutcherson (TNT)
30 Minute Category ($10,000)
MEET THE BROWNS "Meet the Racist" Written by: Myra J. (TBS)
THE MIDDLE "The Block Party" Written by: Alex Reid (ABC)
MODERN FAMILY "Pilot" Written by: Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd (ABC)
NURSE JACKIE "Pilot" Written by: Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem & Evan Dunsky (Showtime)
THE SIMPSONS "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed" Written by: Kevin Curran (FOX)
90 Minute Category ($10,000)
AMISH GRACE Written by: Sylvie White & Teena Booth (Lifetime Movie Network)
ENDGAME Written by: Paula Milne (PBS)
TEMPLE GRANDIN Written by: Christopher Monger & William Merritt Johnson (HBO)