Home Box Office retained its award nominations supremacy with 109 nods for the 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, but this year 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 and A&E, with 12 for multiple nominees such as Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, and Napoleon, respectively.
Sci Fi made the warp-speed jump into the big time (the categories typically announced on the primetime award show) with 10 nominations divided between Children of Dune
and the Stephen Spielberg-produced miniseries Taken.
HBO has three of the five most nominated shows, including top vote-getter, Six Feet Under, with 16 nominations. Sex and the City
will compete for best comedy series and received 13 nominations, as did The Sopranos.
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 included Discovery Channel, 8; Nickelodeon, 6; USA Network and Comedy Central, 5 each; FX Networks and Lifetime, 3 each; Bravo, The Disney Channel, and History Channel, 2 each; and 1 each for Starz!, MTV: Music Television, TLC 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's Antiques Roadshow, Bravo's Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within; HBO's Da Ali G Show; MTV's The Osbournes; and TLC's Trading Spaces.
The awards will be distributed in Los Angeles on Sept. 21; the ceremony's telecast will air on Fox.