Disney/ABC Television Group Scores 60 Primetime Emmy Nominations

The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 60 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com and Disney Channel programming.

The ABC Television Network received 56 nominations, including a Drama Series and Writing in a Drama Series nomination for previous Emmy winner “Lost,” produced by ABC Studios, and key nominations in the acting categories: Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Sally Field for “Brothers and Sisters”; Christina Applegate captured a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for her starring role in “Samantha Who?”; Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson both were recognized in the Supporting Actress Drama category for their roles on “Grey’s Anatomy”; “Lost’s” Michael Emerson, a past Emmy winner for a guest appearance on “The Practice,” captured his third straight Supporting Actor nomination as the mysterious Benjamin Linus; William Shatner was recognized with a Supporting Actor nomination for the last season of “Boston Legal,” along with his co-star Christian Clemenson; Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominations went to previous Emmy nominees Kristin Chenoweth for “Pushing Daisies” and Vanessa Williams for “Ugly Betty.”

In the Guest Performer categories, Beau Bridges received a nomination for his “Desperate Housewives” role in the 100th episode, and Sharon Lawrence’s role as Izzie’s mother in “Grey’s Anatomy” gained her a nomination.

“Dancing with the Stars” and “The 81st Annual Academy Awards” both scored the most nominations for the network, with 10 each. “Dancing with the Stars” waltzed its way to a Reality-Competition Program nomination, and host Tom Bergeron is a repeat nominee for Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. “The 81st Annual Academy Awards” achieved a nomination in the Special Class Program category. The special “Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” received a nomination in the Nonfiction Special genre.

ABC Entertainment Marketing’s “The Dharma Initiative” will compete in the Creative Achievement in Interactive Media-Fiction category.

Additionally, ABC News Received 13 nominations for the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which were announced earlier this week. “World News with Charles Gibson” captured seven nominations, more than any other evening newscast. “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “20/20” and “Primetime” were all recognized with nominations, as was the ABC News Special “China Inside Out.” ABC News’ Barbara Walters will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony in New York City on September 21.

For the Children’s Programming categories, Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” and “Wizards of Waverly Place” were both recognized with nominations. The #1 animated television series for kids, “Phineas and Ferb,” captured a nomination for Special Class, Short-Form Animated Programs.

Home to all of The Walt Disney Company’s worldwide entertainment and news television properties, the Disney/ABC Television Group includes the ABC Television Network (including ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment and ABC News divisions); the Disney Channels Worldwide global kids’ TV business, ABC Family and SOAPnet; as well as television production and syndication divisions ABC Studios, Disney-ABC Domestic Television and Disney-ABC-ESPN Television. The Disney-ABC Television Group also manages the Radio Disney Network, general interest and non-fiction book imprint Hyperion, as well the Company’s equity interest in Lifetime Entertainment Services and A&E Television Networks.

The 61th Annual Primetime Emmy ceremony will be telecast on CBS on Sunday, September 20.

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