'Earth To Moon' Tops Emmy Nods

An injured Fatah party supporter who was hit with a stone, is pushed away as he looks out through a shattered window of the Palestinian parliament building in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Thursday Jan. 26, 2006. Hamas supporters briefly raised their flag over the Palestinian parliament and rushed into the building, amid clashes with Fatah loyalists. AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

From the Earth to the Moon, HBO's sweeping chronicle of America's space program, has a leading 17 nominations for the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, set for Sunday night.

The cable drama, which was produced by actor Tom Hanks, had been the focus of a protest by broadcast networks who felt the 12-part program was too lengthy to be considered as a miniseries.

Other top Emmy nominees include NBC's medical drama ER and Fox's The X-Files. Each had 16 bids. The NBC miniseries Merlin received 15 nominations.

Ally McBeal, a newcomer to the competitive comedy series category, got 10 nominations. It faces veteran competition from HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, NBC's Frasier, Third Rock From the Sun, and Seinfeld.

This was the Academy's last chance to honor Seinfeld, which bowed out this year.

Competing with Hanks' space miniseries and Merlin were Showtime's Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City, TNT's George Wallace, and USA's Moby Dick.

Joining ER and The X-Files in the best drama category are ABC's NYPD Blue' and The Practice, and last year's winner, NBC's Law & Order.

NBC was the most honored network with 86 total nominations, followed by HBO with 72, ABC with 54, and CBS with 36. Fox received 35 bids, while Turner Network Television got 18.

Nominees for best drama series:

  • ER

  • Law & Order

  • NYPD Blue

  • The Practice

  • The X-FilesNominees for best comedy series:

  • Ally McBeal

  • Frasier

  • The Larry Sanders Show

  • Seinfeld

  • 3rd Rock From The Sun

    Nominees for best miniseries:
  • Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City

  • From the Earth to the Moon

  • George Wallace

  • Merlin

  • Moby DickNominees for lead actress in a comedy series:

  • Kirstie Alley, Veronica's Closet

  • Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen

  • Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg,

  • Calista Flockhart, Ally McBeal

  • Helen Hunt, Mad About You

  • Patricia Richardson, Home ImprovementNominees for lead actor in a comedy series:

  • Michael J. Fox, Spin City

  • Kelsey Grammer, Frasier

  • John Lithgow, Third Rock From the Sun

  • Paul Reiser, Mad About You

  • Garry Shandling, The Larry Sanders ShowNominees for lead actress in a drama series:

  • Gillian Anderson, The X-Files

  • Roma Downey of CBS' Touched by an Angel

  • Christine Lahti of CBS' Chicago Hope

  • Julianna Margulies, ER

  • Jane Seymour, Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanNominees for lead actor in a drama series:

  • Andre Braugher, Homicide: Life on the Street

    ER

  • David Duchovny, The X-Files

  • Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue

  • Jimmy Smits, NYPD BlueNominees for lead actress in a miniseries or movie:

  • Ellen Barkin, Before Women Had Wings

  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Nicholas' Gift

  • Judy Davis, The Echo of Thunder

  • Olympia Dukakis, Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City

  • Angelina Jolie, Gia

  • Sigourney Weaver, Snow White: A Tale of TerrorNominees for lead actor in a miniseries or movie:

  • Jack Lemmon, 12 Angry Men

  • Sam Neill, Merlin

  • Ving Rhames, Don King, Only In America

  • Gary Sinise, George Wallace

  • Patrick Stewart, Moby DickNominees for best supporting actress in a drama series:

  • Kim Delaney, NYPD Blue

  • Laura Innes, ER

  • Camryn Manheim, The Practice

  • Della Reese, Touched By An Angel

  • Gloria Reuben, ERNominees for best supporting actor in a drama series:

  • Gordon Clapp, NYPD Blue

  • Hector Elizondo, Chicago Hope

  • Steven Hill, Law & Order

  • Eriq La Salle, ER

  • Noah Wyle, ERNominees for best supporting actress in a comedy series:

  • Christine Baranski, Cybill

  • Kristen Johnston, 3rd Rock From The Sun

  • Lisa Kudrow, Friends

  • Jane Leeves, Frazier

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, SeinfeldNominees for best supporting actor in a comedy series:

  • Jason Alexander, Seinfeld

  • Phil Hartman, NewsRadio

  • David Hyde Pierce, Frasier

  • Jeffrey Tambor, The Larry Sanders Show

  • Rip Torn, The Larry Sanders ShowNominees for best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie:

  • Helena Bonham Carter, Merlin

  • Julie Harris, Ellen Foster

  • Judith Ivey, What the Deaf Man Heard

  • Angelina Jolie, George Wallace

  • Mare Winningham, George WallaceNominees for best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie:

  • Hume Cronyn, 12 Angry Men

  • Gregory Peck, Moby Dick

  • George C. Scott, 12 Angry Men

  • Martin Short, Merlin

  • J.T. Walsh, Hope
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