HBO Piles Up Emmy Nominations

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Home Box Office continues to be the king of the Emmy Award nominations, earning 124 nods for the 56th annual awards ceremony.

Its anti-AIDS-themed Angels in America, as expected, was a voters’ favorite. The miniseries, based on the Tony Kushner play, was nominated for a whopping 21 Emmys.

Just four programs were responsible for 63 of HBO’s nominations total: Angels, The Sopranos, Deadwood and now-shuttered Sex and the City. The Sopranos got 20 nominations, while Deadwood and Sex scored 11 apiece.

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself and Something the Lord Made were also multiple nominees in the TV-movie category.

Cable networks earned a total of 220 nominations. HBO was followed by A&E Network with 24; Showtime with 18; USA Network with nine; FX and Comedy Central with seven each; Bravo, Nickelodeon, Sci Fi Channel and Turner Network Television with four apiece; Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel and The History Channel with three each; Lifetime Television with two; and one apiece for AMC, Disney Channel, The Independent Film Channel and VH1.

Among the broadcasters, NBC got the most nominations at 65, followed by CBS with 44, ABC with 33, Fox with 31, PBS with 27, UPN with four and The WB Television Network with two.

The biggest surprise: The best-picture and acting nominations for Showtime’s The Reagans, which was picked up by the pay cable network after executives at CBS determined that it was too controversial for the broadcaster.

The awards will be given out in September.

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