Emmy Noms Go Into the West

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TNT miniseries Into the West emerged as the most-nominated program for the 78th Annual Emmy Awards competition.

The Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries got 16 nods, including best miniseries. Other programs posting double-digit nominations were Elizabeth I (13)and Mrs. Harris (12),both from HBO.

As usual, HBO topped all networks with 96 nominations. Other multiple nominees from the network included Six Feet Under (nine), Rome(eight) and The Girl in the Cafe and The Sopranos (seven each).

But other networks broke HBO's traditional lock on the made-for-TV movie and miniseries categories.

HBO has three horses in the TV-movie race with The Girl in the Cafe, Mrs. Harris and Yesterday, but it will compete with cable brethren A&E Network and Discovery Channel, both of which scored with movies about the doomed Sept. 11 Flight 93.

The miniseries category will be a four-way race between PBS' Bleak House,Into the West, Showtime's Sleeper Cell and Elizabeth I.

Cable networks earned 208 of the 451 nominations revealed Thursday. The scorecard: Showtime (19); TNT (17); A&E (nine); Comedy Central, FX and Disney Channel (eight each); Sci Fi Channel, Discovery and The History Channel (seven each); Lifetime Television (six); Bravo (five); Cartoon Network, National Geographic Channel, Nickelodeon, Turner Classic Movies and USA Network (two each); and BBC America, ESPN2 and Hallmark Channel (one each).

Among broadcasters, ABC was tops with 64 nominations, followed by CBS (47), NBC (46), Fox (41), PBS (34), The WB (four) and UPN (two).

The awards will be announced Aug. 27 in Los Angeles.