Home Box Office topped the field of nominees for the 2002 Emmy Awards with 93 nods — and 23 for the season's most nominated drama, Six Feet Under.
That show generated 23 of the network's nominations, including nods for the entire principal cast. The total did not break the Emmy single-season record, still held by NYPD Blue for its26 nominations in 1994.
Other HBO multiple nominees included: Sex and the City
; Tom Hanks' miniseries Band of Brothers
(which got 19 nominations, including nods for Hanks' writing and directing efforts); The Gathering Storm; and Path to War.Sex
will compete in the Best Comedy category with surprise nominee Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Six Feet Under
may have benefited from the abbreviated shooting schedule for The Sopranos.
The mob drama aired no new episodes during the Emmy eligibility period. Six Feet Under,
the story of a dysfunctional family that runs a funeral home, had multiple nominations in several categories, including three for its guest stars.
Turner Network Television and A&E Network also scored big, receiving 22 nominations each for fare that included TNT's mini-series Mists of Avalon
and A&E's Sting in Tuscany
concert. That's the most ever for basic cable networks in one year.
Overall, cable received 191 nominations, including 10 for Showtime and nine for Discovery Channel. Nickelodeon grabbed six, while The Learning Channel, VH1 and Comedy Central had four apiece, trailed by three nods each for Bravo, Lifetime, The History Channel and FX (including best actor for The Shield's Michael Chiklis).
Cartoon Network had two nominations, while MTV: Music Television (The Osbournes),
Sci Fi Channel and E! Entertainment Television all earned one.
In several categories — such as sound mixing, outstanding actress in a miniseries and writing for a TV movie — cable fare copped either all or four out of five nominations. Children's programming, long dominated by PBS, was populated almost exclusively by Nickelodeon, which grabbed nominations for Nick News programming, Rugrats
and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Broadcast networks garnered 230 slots, topped by NBC with 89, followed by CBS (50), ABC (35) and Fox (33). America: A Tribute to Heroes, the Sept. 11 benefit that aired on multiple networks, is nominated for six awards.
Rule changes expanded the number of categories this year, giving all producers extra shots at an Emmy slot. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also created a catchall category, Outstanding Special Class, lumping shows as varied as TLC's Trading Spaces
and CBS's Survivor.
The televised portion of the 54th Emmy Awards are set for Sept. 22 in Los Angeles, at the Shrine Auditorium.