HBO Garners the Most Nominations of Any Cable or Broadcast Network

HBO’s Six Feet Under is Most Acclaimed Program on Television

Washington, DC --
Seventeen cable networks garnered a record 191 Primetime Emmy nominations today from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Also, for the third time, a cable network - Home Box Office (HBO) - dominated the nominations with 93, more than any other network. (NBC followed HBO with 89.)

“The continued critical acclaim for cable’s high quality programming underscores the value that Americans enjoy from our medium,” said Robert Sachs, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association. “Cable customers enjoy more choice in programming, and that choice - coupled with the innovation and creativity of cable programmers, has resulted in steadily rising viewership of cable programs.”

HBO's Six Feet Under picked up the most Emmy nominations of all 2002 contenders (23) in its first year of eligibility, including one for Outstanding Drama Series. (NBC's The West Wing followed with Emmy nominations in a total of 21 categories.) HBO's Band of Brothers received the most nominations for any miniseries (19).

Other cable network nominees include A&E and TNT each with 22 nominations; Showtime with 10; Discovery Channel with nine; Nickelodeon with six; and Comedy Central, TLC and VH1 each with four. BRAVO, FX, The History Channel and Lifetime each garnered three nominations. Cartoon Network received two nominations, while E! Entertainment Television, MTV and SCI FI Channel each received one.

Cable networks produced a clean sweep in eight categories, securing all nominations for: Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More); Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special; Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special; Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie; Outstanding Made For Television Movie; Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie; and Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special.

Many cable programs were recognized in multiple categories, including James Dean (TNT) with 11 nominations; Sex And the City (HBO) with 10; The Gathering Storm (HBO) and The Mists of Avalon (TNT) each with nine; Path to War (HBO) with eight; Shackleton (A&E) with seven; A&E In Concert: Sting In Tuscany... All This Time (A&E) with six; Blue Planet: Seas of Life (Discovery Channel) and In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 (HBO) each with five; and The Laramie Project (HBO) with four, among others.

Additionally, during the Academy's Engineering Awards presentation (August 21), HBO will receive an Emmy Plaque for Outstanding Achievement In Interactive Television Programming for the interactive media component of its miniseries Band of Brothers. Nominations for the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are from the period of June 1, 2001, through May 31, 2002. The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation will be televised on Sunday, September 22, 2002, from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.

NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks, as well as equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry.

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Please Note: Included in the Academy's overall total number of nominations (433) are six nominations for the special America, A Tribute to Heroes, which aired on all broadcast and cable networks. The six nominations are not included in the network breakdown -- used to tally the numbers cited above. (i.e. The total number of nominations is 433, but the total number of nominations listed in the network breakdown is 427, of which cable gleaned 191.)