Home Box Office retained its award-nominations supremacy with 109 nods for
the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, but this year, cable networks
including Turner Network Television, Showtime, A&E Network and Sci Fi Channel also joined the
double-digit distinction club.
TNT captured 14 nominations, with the movie Door to Door leading the
way, followed by Showtime with 12 with multiple nominees such as Tennessee
Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.
A&E earned 12 nominations, as well, the bulk of them (seven) for
miniseries Napoleon, which will vie for outstanding miniseries honors.
Supporting actor John Malkovich will contend in that category, and the
program also was named in a variety of technical categories from hairstyling
to art direction.
Sci Fi made the warp jump into the big time (the categories that actually get
announced on the primetime awards show) with 10 nominations divided between
Children of Dune and Stephen Spielberg-produced miniseries
HBO has three of the five most-nominated shows, including top vote-getter
Six Feet Under with 16 nominations. Sex and the City willcompete for best comedy series and got 13 nominations, as did The
The return of The Sopranos to production appeared to impact FX’s
The Shield,an award winner last year but a no-show as a nominee
for best drama in 2003.
The nominations were broadly spread: Even E! Entertainment Television’s
The Anna Nicole Show turned up on the list for recognition for its main
title design, one of two nominations for that network.
Other cable nominations include Discovery Channel (eight); Nickelodeon (six);
USA Network and Comedy Central (five each); FX and Lifetime Television (three
each); Bravo, Disney Channel and The History Channel (two each); and one apiece
for Starz!, MTV: Music Television, The Learning Channel and VH1.
The prize for the "your winning guess is as good as ours" category goes to
the contest for best nonfiction series (alternative). The contenders are PBS’
Antiques Roadshow, Bravo’s Cirque du Soleil Fire Within, HBO’s
Da Ali G Show, MTV’s The Osbournes and TLC’s Trading
The awards will be given out in Los Angeles Sept. 21 during a broadcast
airing on Fox.