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:ERLaw & OrderNYPD BlueThe PracticeThe X-FilesNominees for best comedy series:Ally McBealFrasierThe Larry Sanders ShowSeinfeld3rd Rock From The Sun
Nominees for best miniseries:Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the CityFrom the Earth to the MoonGeorge WallaceMerlinMoby DickNominees for lead actress in a comedy series:Kirstie Alley, Veronica's ClosetEllen DeGeneres, EllenJenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg,Calista Flockhart, Ally McBealHelen Hunt, Mad About YouPatricia Richardson, Home ImprovementNominees for lead actor in a comedy series:Michael J. Fox, Spin CityKelsey Grammer, FrasierJohn Lithgow, Third Rock From the SunPaul Reiser, Mad About YouGarry Shandling, The Larry Sanders ShowNominees for lead actress in a drama series:Gillian Anderson, The X-FilesRoma Downey of CBS' Touched by an AngelChristine Lahti of CBS' Chicago HopeJulianna Margulies, ERJane Seymour, Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanNominees for lead actor in a drama series:Andre Braugher, Homicide: Life on the Street
ERDavid Duchovny, The X-FilesDennis Franz, NYPD BlueJimmy Smits, NYPD BlueNominees for lead actress in a miniseries or movie:Ellen Barkin, Before Women Had WingsJamie Lee Curtis, Nicholas' GiftJudy Davis, The Echo of ThunderOlympia Dukakis, Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the CityAngelina Jolie, GiaSigourney Weaver, Snow White: A Tale of TerrorNominees for lead actor in a miniseries or movie:Jack Lemmon, 12 Angry MenSam Neill, MerlinVing Rhames, Don King, Only In AmericaGary Sinise, George WallacePatrick Stewart, Moby DickNominees for best supporting actress in a drama series:Kim Delaney, NYPD BlueLaura Innes, ERCamryn Manheim, The PracticeDella Reese, Touched By An AngelGloria Reuben, ERNominees for best supporting actor in a drama series:Gordon Clapp, NYPD BlueHector Elizondo, Chicago HopeSteven Hill, Law & OrderEriq La Salle, ERNoah Wyle, ERNominees for best supporting actress in a comedy series:Christine Baranski, CybillKristen Johnston, 3rd Rock From The SunLisa Kudrow, FriendsJane Leeves, FrazierJulia Louis-Dreyfus, SeinfeldNominees for best supporting actor in a comedy series:Jason Alexander, SeinfeldPhil Hartman, NewsRadioDavid Hyde Pierce, FrasierJeffrey Tambor, The Larry Sanders ShowRip Torn, The Larry Sanders ShowNominees for best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie:Helena Bonham Carter, MerlinJulie Harris, Ellen FosterJudith Ivey, What the Deaf Man HeardAngelina Jolie, George WallaceMare Winningham, George WallaceNominees for best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie:Hume Cronyn, 12 Angry MenGregory Peck, Moby DickGeorge C. Scott, 12 Angry MenMartin Short, MerlinJ.T. Walsh, Hope
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