HBO’s reign as the first cable network to top the tally of Primetime Emmy Awards nominations is officially over.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Friday announced nominees for outstanding visual effects, and three of the four nominations went to NBC. That pushes NBC’s total nominations to 92, ahead of HBO’s 90.
The drop to second place for HBO comes less than a month after a flap in which the cabler was forced to renounce two National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominations because it had submitted a feature-length documentary to both NATAS’ Primetime nods and ATAS’ news and docu Emmys, which is prohibited (Daily Variety, Aug. 4).
The Emmy nominees for visual effects were: NBC’s “3rd Rock From the Sun — A Nightmare on Dick Street,” with Patrick Shearn the visual effects supervisor and Chris Stavos the visual effects artist supervisor; NBC’s “Asteroid,” with Rich Helmer and Tommy Sindicich for pyrotechnics and Sam Nicholson and Dan Schmit for visual effects; NBC’s “The Odyssey — Part II,” with Mike McGee visual effects supervisor; and Paramount Domestic TV’s syndie hour “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — Trials and Tribble-ations,” with Gary Hutzel special visual effects supervisor and Judy Elkins special visual effects co-supervisor.
The “Star Trek” nominee also pushed the Emmy nomination total for syndicated shows to 11. The visual effects nominations are always announced later than the other nominations because of the schedules of voters in that category.