Today, the Producers Guild of America announced the nominees for the 23rd annual Producers Guild of America Awards. The PGA, which describes itself as a "non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media," awards these annually. Though the awards for motion pictures are the ones which are most looked at by the media and industry types- especially since the equivalent of "Best Picture", the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Producer of the Year in Motion Pictures, is usually seen as an Oscar forecast, having matched the Best Picture winner 14 times in the past 21 years and for the past four years straight- awards are also given to producers in the realm of television as well.

This year, the PGA is adding four new awards in the categories of web series, news, sports, and childrens' programs. Phineas and Ferb has been nominated for the latter, with its competition for the award reading like a Who's Who list of modern-day children's television hits: the Nickelodeon trifecta of Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and iCarly, and the PBS institution Sesame Street.

Though Phineas and Ferb's nomination isn't a sign of a potential Oscar, the fact that they have been put up for nomination against Oscar- and other luminaries of the childrens' television world- seems to show that the industry has followed in tune with critics and fans alike in seeing the quality of the series's writing and creation. Best wishes to all of the nominees, and an extended "break a leg" to the production team of Phineas and Ferb.

The PGA Awards will be held on Saturday, January 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The complete list of nominees can be seen here.

UPDATE JANUARY 21: The PGA Awards are being held as we speak, and the award for Children's Programs was given to Sesame Street. It was a very tough, diverse field, and I congratulate Big Bird and company on their win, as even after four decades the Street remains arguably the gold standard all kids shows, educational or otherwise, strive to be like. In terms of layered humor both kids and adults can enjoy for different reasons, I believe Phineas and Ferb follows in their incredibly large bird-sized footsteps. The old cliché about it being an honor just to be nominated definitely rings true here...and, as a certain monster once said, that's good enough to me. Congratulations again to the Sesame Street team on their win and the Phineas and Ferb team on their well-deserved nomination.

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