New York— The History Channel set the cable pace last week with 14 nominations for the upcoming News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
History’s haul of nods — including a pair apiece for Ben Franklin, Eyewitness in Iraq, Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade? and Ten Days to D-Day — were the most ever for the service, which trailed only ABC and PBS, with 27 each, and NBC’s 21 overall.
The network, which also scored nominations for Isaac’s Storm, Secrets of Aegean Apocalypse, The 9/11 Commission Report, The Battle of Tripoli, The Last Day of World War I: 11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour and Witch Hunt, beat out CBS, which earned 10 nods.
The News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented here on Sept. 19 at the Marriott Marquis.
MSNBC was cable’s second-ranked player, as its National Geographic Ultimate Explorer series garnered seven nominations, including two apiece for its “Battle of the Arctic Giants” and “China’s Lost Girls” installments. The “Girl Power,” “Into the Lost World” and “On Thin Ice” episodes were also nominated.
Premium sister services Cinemax and Home Box Office received six and five nominations, respectively. Cinemax’s “Reel Life” documentary franchise netted a pair of nods for My Architect, as did HBO’s “America Undercover” for My Flesh and Blood.
Discovery Times Channel had four, including two for Liberia: An Uncivil War. It shared a fifth nomination with ABC News Productions for Declassified: Nixon in China.
CNN was next, pulling in four nominations: the “Anetta’s Choice” segment on Anderson Cooper 360; Insight’s take on “Sudan’s Other Civil War”; and two for CNN Presents, “True Believers: Inside the Dean Campaign” and “Warsaw Rising: The Forgotten Soldier of World War II” segments.
Discovery Channel received two nominations: for “LBJ” on its Decisions That Shook the World, and with Virtual History’s “The Secret Plot To Kill Hitler.”
So did Sundance Channel under its “Docday” banner: In Rwanda We Say … The Family That Does Not Speak Dies; and With God On Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Republican Right.
Discovery Health, with ABC News Productions, and Hallmark Channel got nods for Super Surgery: A Face Restored and Patrick, respectively.