NBC 'Lights' Up Critics' Nominations
'Friday Night Lights,' 'Heroes' among top TCA nominees
So much so, in fact, that NBC landed the most nominations for the 23rd annual Television Critics Association awards. The network, thanks mostly to three new series -- "Friday Night Lights," "Heroes" and "30 Rock" -- grabbed 13 total nominations, including two of the six nods for program of the year ("FNL" and "Heroes").
HBO was second with nine nominations, while ABC has five -- including three for its first-year comedy "Ugly Betty." PBS received four nods.
In addition to the two NBC shows, a pair of HBO programs, "The Wire" and "When the Levees Broke," as well as Discovery's "Planet Earth" and FOX's "American Idol" are up for program of the year.
"Friday Night Lights" is also the most-nominated show, grabbing nods for program of the year, outstanding drama and outstanding new series. Stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton will vie against each other for the individual drama award.
"Heroes" has three nominations -- program of the year, best drama and best new series -- while "30 Rock" has four, for best comedy and best new series, star-creator Tina Fey and star Alec Baldwin. "The Office," nominated for outstanding comedy, rounds out NBC's total.
"When the Levees Broke," Spike Lee's HBO documentary about New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, is up for outstanding movie or miniseries and outstanding achievement in news and information in addition to program of the year. "The Wire" and the departing "Sopranos" are both up for best drama, and "The Sopranos" is also nominated for the Heritage Award, given to a program that's had a lasting impact on popular culture.
The awards will be handed out on July 21. Here's the complete list of nominees:
Program of the Year
Outstanding New Program
Outstanding Movie, Miniseries or Special
Individual Achievement in Comedy
Individual Achievement in Drama
Outstanding Children's Programming
Outstanding Achievement in News & Information