Cable networks claimed 188 of 434 nominations in 88 categories in the 57th Emmy Awards competition, with perennial leader Home Box Office leading the way among all networks with 93 nods.
The premium network boasted the most-nominated miniseries in EmpireFalls. Despite lackluster reviews, EmpireFalls earned 10 nominations, including performance kudos for Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Two of the service's made-for-TV movies earned 16 nominations apiece: Franklin Delano Roosevelt biopic Warm Springs and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
But there were new faces among the top award categories, including Bravo, which got a best-reality-competition nomination for its Project Runway; BBC America, acknowledged for a best made-for-TV movie for The Office Special; Lifetime Television, which promoted Debra Winger to a best-TV-movie nomination for Dawn Anna; and USA Network, which had The 4400 named among the top miniseries.
Cable swept both the made-for-TV-movie and outstanding-children’s-programming categories.
A&E Network got 10 nominations; Animal Planet 2; BBC America 2; Bravo 5; Cartoon Network 4; Comedy Central 5; Discovery Channel 5; Disney Channel 1; ESPN 1; FX 8; Hallmark Channel 1; HBO 93; The History Channel 4; The Independent Film Channel 1; Lifetime 3; MTV: Music Television 1; Nickelodeon 3; Sci Fi Channel 7; Showtime 17; Turner Classic Movies 1; Turner Network Television 8; and USA 6.
By comparison, the broadcast networks tallied 59 nominations by CBS, NBC had 54, ABC earned 51, Fox received 49, PBS got 23, UPN totaled 3 and The WB Television Network earned two.
The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 18 from Los Angeles on CBS.