HBO’s Six Feet Under Takes Greatest Number of Nominations

Washington, DC --
Nineteen cable networks garnered a record 199 Primetime Emmy nominations today from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Also, for the fourth time, a cable network – Home Box Office (HBO) – dominated the nominations with 109, more than any other network (NBC followed HBO with 77).

“As cable viewership continues to rise, so too does acknowledgment of the variety and quality of programming available on cable television,” said Robert Sachs, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). “This year’s Emmy nominations are another sign that the cable industry’s investment in the development of innovative, groundbreaking programming is winning the approval of critics and viewers alike.”

HBO's Six Feet Under picked up the most Emmy nominations of all 2003 programming category contenders (16), including one for Outstanding Drama Series and nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor, Lead Actress and Supporting Actress. (NBC's The West Wing followed with Emmy nominations in a total of 15 categories.) TNT's Door to Door received the most nominations for any movie/miniseries (12).

Other cable network nominees include TNT with 14 nominations; A&E and Showtime each with 12 nominations; Sci Fi with 10; Discovery Channel with eight; Nickelodeon with six; and Comedy Central and USA each with five. FX and Lifetime each garnered three nominations; Bravo, Disney Channel, E! Entertainment Television, and The History Channel each received two nominations, while MTV, STARZ!, TLC, and VH1 each received one.

Cable networks produced a clean sweep in nine categories, securing all nominations for: Outstanding Made for Television Movie; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special; Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Make-up for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Non-Prosthetic AND Prosthetic -- two separate categories); Outstanding Children's Program; and Outstanding Main Title Design.

Many cable programs were recognized in multiple categories, including Six Feet Under with 16 nominations; Sex And The City (HBO) and The Sopranos (HBO) each with 13 nominations; Door To Door (TNT) with 12 nominations; Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) and Live From Baghdad (HBO) each with 10 nominations; My House In Umbria (HBO) with nine nominations; Hysterical Blindness (HBO) and Napoleon (A&E) each with seven nominations; Journeys With George (HBO), Normal (HBO) and Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN (Sci Fi) each with six nominations; and James Cameron’s Expedition: Bismarck (Discovery Channel), Robin Williams: Live On Broadway (HBO) and Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone (Showtime) each with five nominations, among others.

Nominations for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are from the period of June 1, 2002, through May 31, 2003. The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation will be televised on Sunday, September 21, 2003, 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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