Andrew Knight, Michaeley O’Brien nominated for Edgar Awards

Andrew Knight.

An episode of Jack Irish scripted by Andrew Knight and the series opener of Mystery Road by Michaeley O’Brien have been nominated for Edgar Awards.

Named in honour of Edgar Allan Poe, the awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), a non-profit organization which represents writers of books, short stories, plays and screenplays as well as publishers, editors, agents, librarians and booksellers plus aspiring writers and others devoted to crime writing.

The awards are not restricted to US works but to qualify nominees must have been published, produced or screened for the first time in the US during calendar 2018.

Knight’s screenplay of the season 2 premiere of the Easy Tiger-produced ABC drama starring Guy Pearce and O’Brien’s script for Bunya Productions’ ABC crime drama starring Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis are nominated for best TV episode teleplay. They are eligible because both series screen on the US streaming service Acorn TV.

MIchaeley O’Brien.

O’Brien’s script for that episode entitled Gone was named best TV or miniseries at the AWGIE Awards.

Easy Tiger’s Ian Collie quipped: “Move over Oscar and make room for Edgar.” The other nominees in that category are:

The Box – Brooklyn Nine-Nine, by Luke Del Tredici (NBC/Universal TV)

My Aim is True – Blue Bloods, by Kevin Wade (CBS Eye Productions)

The One That Holds Everything – The Romanoffs, by Matthew Weiner and Donald Joh (Amazon Prime Video)

The Edgar Awards will be presented at a gala banquet on April 25 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

Previous recipients of that prize include the writers of eps of Penny Dreadful, The Fall, Homeland, Happy Valley and Sherlock.