Cable set the pace in primetime Screen Actors Guild TV nominations both collectively and in terms of a network grabbing the most nods.
All told, cable scored 24 primetime nominations, versus 21 for their broadcast counterparts. HBO led the pack with nine nominations, including three apiece for its Emmy Award-winning miniseries John Adams. That was a mark matched by another Emmy winner, AMC’s Mad Men, as well as the medium’s most-watched series, TNT’s The Closer.
ABC and NBC were tied for second with eight nominations, led by three each for Boston Legal and 30 Rock, respectively.
Showtime was fourth with six nominations, including its first outstanding performance by an ensemble cast for a drama with Dexter. Michael C. Hall, who portrays the serial killer Dexter Morgan, was nominated as best actor a third time, while Mary-Louis Parker won those honors for a fourth time for her role as Nancy Botwin, the drug-selling matriarch in Weeds, which captured a second ensemble comedy bid.
Fox and TNT -- in addition to three for the Kyra Sedgwick-starrer, the "drama" network earned one with Holly Hunter as the lead actress in Saving Grace -- followed with four. As mentioned, AMC had a trio for Mad Men, (best drama ensemble, best lead actor Jon Hamm and best lead actress Peggy Moss)
CBS, Lifetime (for Shirley MacLaine’s performance in telefilm Coco Chanel) and USA (Tony Shaloub’s manic Adrian Monk for best comedy actor) all garnered one SAG nomination.
Per usual, HBO, which also scored a pair for Hollywood buddy comedy Entourage and Jeremy Piven’s crazed agent Ari Gold, dominated the miniseries/TV movie categories. Paul Giamatti (as the second president), Tom Wilkinson (Ben Franklin) and Laura Linney (Abigail Adams) are all in the hunt for outstanding performances for John Adams.
Where the man are concerned only Keifer Sutherland for Fox’s 24: Redemption can spoil the night for cable in outstanding performance in the category as Kevin Spacey (Recount) and Ralph Fiennes (Bernard and Doris) will vie with the two Adams men for top honors.
Linney is joined on the distaff side by Laura Dern (Recount), MacLaine and Susan Sarandon (Bernard andDuke). Phylicia Rashad is broadcast’s sole representative for her work in ABC’s A Raisin the Sun.
SAG, which is contemplating strike action, will honor its own at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 25 in a show simulcast on TNT and TBS.
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