HBO, Showtime and TNT set the pace for cable in the television category for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the organization announced early Thursday morning in Los Angeles.
HBO garnered seven nominations, including two each for comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm and telepic Grey Gardens. Showtime and TNT drew five nods apiece, while Lifetime and AMC also drew multiple nominations. NBC led all network nominations with eight.
Cable shows dominated the best drama series category with HBO's True Blood, Showtim's Dexter, TNT's The Closer and last year's winner AMC's Mad Men going up against the lone broadcast entry, CBS's freshman series The Good Wife.
For the best comedy ensemble category however, cable has only one entry -- HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
In the individual performance categories, 2009 Emmy award winners Glenn Close (FX's Damages) and Bryan Cranston (AMC's Breaking Bad) will compete in the best drama series actress and best actor, respectively, while 2009 Emmy winner for best comedy actress Toni Colllette (Showtime's United States of Tara) will compete for the SAG laurels in the same category
HBO and Lifetime all but cornered both the outstanding actor and actress in a television movie or miniseries categories, with individual performances from projects on both networks accounting for eight of the 10 slots, and all five of the best actress nominations.
TNT and TBS will simulcast live the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - which honors outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories -- from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).