PBS, CBS tops in noms for news, docu Emmys

CNBC gets nine nods, Discovery five

With 17 Emmy nominations for “60 Minutes” and “60 Minutes II,” CBS racked up a total of 24 noms, six more than last year, for the 22nd annual news and documentary Emmys. But PBS ended up scoring more noms than any other network, chalking up 26, compared to 18 in 1999.

The National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences announced the nominations Thursday in New York.

CNBC, meanwhile, vaulted from only one Emmy nomination in 1999 to nine in 2000. Discovery Channel also exercised bragging rights, leaping from one nomination to five in 2000.

NBC dropped from 19 to 13, ABC from 21 to 18. No cheers at all emanated from TBS, the History Channel, TNT or A&E , as each drew a blank in the 2000 sweepstakes after picking up at least two noms in 1999.

“ABC World News Tonight” did better than any other nightly newscast, harvesting seven noms for reports on subjects ranging from AIDS in Africa to defective Firestone tires. “The CBS Evening News” emerged with four noms, “NBC Nightly News” only one.

Six programs helped PBS to lead the network pack: “The Living Edens,” with four; “P.O.V.” (three); and “The American Experience” bio of George Wallace, “Frontline,” “National Geographic: Return of the Wolf” and “Nature: The Urban Elephant,” each with two.

Cinemax, with five noms, eclipsed its parent HBO, with only two. The Academy pointed to four Cinemax docus in its “Reel Life” series: “The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story,” “Crimes of Honor,” “Me & Isaac Newton” and “Wisconsin Death Trip.”

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