Showtime led the pack of cable networks showered with Daytime Emmy Award
nominations and, unless the Emmy judges pull a blank card from their envelope,
the premium network will win at least two awards when the presentations take
place in May.
All 17 nominations Showtime received cover the channel's ongoing 'Original
Pictures for All Ages' franchise, which offers made-for family audience features
Five of last year's flicks are the only combatants for the 'Best Children's
Special' award, while directors for four of the films will vie against each
other for laurels in that category. The nominated films were My Louisiana
Sky, Off Season, Snow in August, They Call Me Sirr and
Walter and Henry.
My Louisiana Sky and Off Season earned five nominations apiece,
best among individual cable programs.
As for Home Box Office, which usually cleans up big at the Primetime Emmys,
only one Daytime nomination came its way, for Harold and the Purple
Crayon's opening-title sequence.
Disney Channel finished second in cable nominations with eight, mostly for
Even Stevens and The Book of Pooh.
Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer helped Nickelodeon to gain six
nominations. In a rare mano-a-mano situation, Blue's and Sesame
Street will square off for best preschool children's series.
Win Ben Stein's Money -- the first cable game show to hit Emmy paydirt
two years ago -- is back as the lone cable entry in the game-show categories,
taking in four nominations for Comedy Central (show/host/director/special class
Other cable series cited were Behind the Screen (American Movie
Classics), Trading Spaces (The Learning Channel) and So Little
Time (Fox Family Channel/ABC Family).
CBS will carry the Daytime Emmy presentation May 17 from Madison Square
Garden in New York. Creative craft awards will be announced one week earlier at
separate New York and Los Angeles events.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences supervises the Daytime
Emmy Awards in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and