HBO, ‘The Sopranos’ Drive Cable SAG Nominations


Led by HBO, cable counted 25 of the 43 Screen Actors Guild nominations for television in 2007.

Premium service HBO earned 11 SAG nods, tying it with ABC. NBC was third with six nominations, followed by TNT's four.

Rounding out the TV ranks were AMC, Showtime, ESPN and USA Network, all of which garnered a pair of nominations, while Lifetime Television, Fox and FX each scored one nod apiece. 

Televised by both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m., the 14th annual SAG awards will be handed out Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

The primetime shows grabbing multiple nominations were led by The Sopranos (best ensemble cast in a drama; best male in a drama, James Gandolfini; and best actress in a drama, Edie Falco); NBC’s 30 Rock and ABC’s Ugly Betty.

Capturing a pair of nominations: ABC’s Boston Legal; NBC’s The Office; HBO’s Entourage (ensemble cast for a comedy, and best actor in a comedy, Jeremy Piven); AMC’s Mad Men (best actor in drama, Jon Hamm and ensemble cast); ESPN’s The Bronx is Burning (Oliver Platt and John Turturro for outstanding male actor performance in a TV movie or miniseries); and TNT’s The Closer (best actress in a drama, Kyra Sedgwick and ensemble cast).

Elsewhere, Michael C. Hall for his work as the lead in Showtime’s serial killer series Dexter, joined Gandolfini and Hamm among the best actor in a drama nominees, while Falco and Sedgwick are being kept company by Glenn Close for FX’s Damages and Holly Hunter for TNT’s Saved for best actress in a drama.

On cable’s comedy side, Tony Shaloub for USA’s Monk and Ricky Gervais for HBO’s Extras are in the hunt with Piven. Mary Louise Parker for Showtime’s Weeds is cable’s lone entry among comedic series actresses.

By numbers alone, cable has its strongest odds to win with both genders among the outstanding performances for TV movie or miniseries categories. Among the men, Kevin Kline for HBO’s As You Like It and Michael Keaton for TNT’s The Company will slug it out with Platt and Turturro, as well as Sam Shepard in ABC’s Ruffian.

As for the ladies, cable has five of the six nominations: Debra Messing for USA’s The Starter Wife; Queen Latifah for HBO’s My Life; Anna Pacquin for HBO’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Vanessa Redgrave for HBO’s The Fear; and Gena Rowlands for Lifetime’s What If Go Were the Sun? Ellen Burstyn for Mitch Albom’s For One More Day is the other contender in this category.

HBO’s Rome is cable’s lone entry in SAG’s stunt ensemble category.

For a full list of the nominees, click here.