Showtime's Daytime Emmy Award-winning streak for made-for films under its
"Original Pictures for All Ages" banner will continue in 2003.
The Viacom Inc.-owned premium channel landed 13 Daytime Emmy nominations
Wednesday morning, all for All Ages entries, and assured itself of some
statuettes by sweeping the nominations in three categories -- best direction,
performer and writing of a children's special.
Bang Bang You're Dead, Showtime's critically acclaimed film on gun
violence in schools, earned five nominations, tops among individual cable
programs and one more than Our America, based on the prize-winning
National Public Radio reports of urban squalor by two Chicago tweens.
Both Bang Bang and Our America will contend for best children's
special. Showtime's films have captured this particular prize the past few
years, with A Storm in Summer and The Devil's Arithmetic among the
Showtime led a field of 14 cable networks recognized for 2003 Daytime
Nickelodeon came in second with 13 nominations, three alone for Dora the
Explorer, including children's animated series. Other nominations were
picked up by Blue's Clues, Little Bill and Rugrats, cable's
first Emmy-winning series in any daypart.
Even Stevens, Bear in the Big Blue House and Kim Possible
helped Disney Channel to accumulate eight nominations.
In another development, Disney/ABC Cable Networks' SoapNet will go for its
first Emmy ever, while Win Ben Stein's Money, Comedy Central's canceled
game show, will have one more go-round at the prize.
SoapNet captured four nominations, all for its SoapTalk series,
including best talk show.
Win Ben Stein's Money, cable's only Emmy-winning game to this point, also
picked up four nominations, led by best game show. Stein and the last of his
three sidekicks on the program, Sal Iacono, were nominated for best game host.
Comedy canceled the show last fall after a five-year run.
Other nominated cable shows included The Christopher Lowell Show
(Discovery Channel), Breakfast with the Arts (A&E Network, the
channel's first Daytime Emmy nomination), While You Were Out (The
Learning Channel) and Table Talk: Talking Beyond 9/11 (WAM! America's
The major Daytime Emmy awards, administered jointly by the National
Television Academy and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will be
presented May 16 on ABC, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Creative craft honors will be distributed the week before in separate New
York and Los Angeles ceremonies.