Nick, Food, The Hub Head Cable's Roster Of Daytime Emmy Nominees


Per usual, PBS, the broadcast networks and syndicators dominated the Daytime Emmy Awards nominations, but cable networks nabbed their fair share of nods.
Nickelodeon, topped by hit series The Penguins of Madagascar with eight nominations, including a nod for outstanding children's animated show, alongside stablemate The Backyardigans, set the medium's pace with 25. For its part, Food Network, led by Paula's Best Dishes and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, which are vying against four PBS entries for outstanding culinary program, had 11 to place second. The Hub, the new kids joint venture service of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, debuted with eight noms to rank third among cable networks, including six for Transformers Prime.
PBS, with 57, led all networks in Daytime Emmy nods, edging out ABC's 56. Syndicated shows earned a combined 43 nominations, one more than CBS's 42. NBC had 15, 14 more than Fox and YouTube.
Other cable networks that earned multiple Daytime Emmy nominations: Disney Channel (five); A&E and Comedy Central (four each); Disney XD and Nick. Jr. (three apiece); and Cartoon Network, Discovery, Hallmark Channel, MTV, MTVU and Style (all with two). Both Travel and Animal Planet garnered one.
Cable is sure to take home the Daytime Emmy in two categories. Nick has both entries in outstanding special class animated program, with Back at the Barnyard and Fanboy and Chum Chum. In the outstanding special class series category, Animal Planet's Housecat Housecall, MTV's Made, A&E's Private Sessions and Style's Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back are the four contenders.
Cable is also in the game in the outstanding special class special arena, holding three of the five nods: MTVU's Stand In with John Legend, A&E's Private Sessions: Sting at Red Rocks and Comedy Central's The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear. That Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert collaboration nabbed four nods overall.
Nick's Yo Gabba Gabba! and Disney Channel's Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (one of three nods overall) are vying with PBS's Between the Lions and the venerable Sesame Street for the honor of outstanding pre-school children's series.
Discovery's Cash Cab and its driver Ben Bailey will look to defend 2010 Emmy crowns in the outstanding game /audience participation show and as outstanding game show host. Bailey has competition from Todd Newton of The Hub's Family Game Night.
Domestic doyenne Martha Stewart, whose syndicated Martha won the 2010 Daytime Emmy for outstanding lifestyle program will get a chance to repeat with The Martha Stewart Show on Hallmark Channel. The program will battle with Style How Do I Look?, PBS's My Generation and syndication's The Nate Berkus Show.
Stewart is also nominated as outstanding lifestyle host.
All told, General Hospital was the most-nominated show, with 21, ahead of The Young and the Restless and Sesame Street, which scored 20 and 16 nods, respectively. All My Children and One Life to Live, which have been slated for cancelation, totaled 13 and 12 respectively.
Speaking of retiring, the soon-to-end The Oprah Winfrey Show took home five nominations, seven fewer than The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Meanwhile, Regis Philbin is nominated for outstanding talk show host as he readies for his exit later this year.
On the morning watch, NBC's Today and ABC's The View set the pace with a half-dozen apiece, while The Alphabet's Good Morning America earned one. CBS's Early Show was shut out.
Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune and Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, helmed by Wayne Brady, who is nominated as outstanding game show host for Let's Make a Deal, will be broadcast live from the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. (ET) on CBS.

Click here for a full list of the Daytime Emmy nominations.