Crix pick Peacock skeins

NBC tops TCA nom list

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NBC may be fourth in the ratings, but the network’s first in the heart of the nation’s TV crix.

Peacock has snapped up a leading 10 program noms for the 22nd annual Television Critics Assn. Awards, with young comedies “The Office” and “My Name Is Earl” each snagging three nominations. It’s a return to form for NBC, which hasn’t had much luck at the TCAs in the past few years.

Runner up in total noms: PBS, which earned seven noms by dominating the news category.

Fox (mostly due to “24”) and ABC (on the back of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost”) snagged six and four noms, respectively. Noticeably missing from the nom list: ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” which last year earned the org’s program of the year honor.

“Grey’s” and “Lost” are still contenders for program of the year, along with “The Office,” “The Sopranos” and “24.”

Crix continue to be a bit less interested in HBO than they once were, with the cabler snagging just four noms — the lowest number in recent memory. The good news for the paybox: “Big Love” was nominated for new show.

HBO’s Time Warner sibling, Comedy Central, continued its ascent in the eyes of critics, with newcomer “The Colbert Report” joining “The Daily Show” on the nom list to give the cabler four noms as well.

Crix also found reasons to love “Everybody Hates Chris.” UPN (and soon-to-be CW) laffer earned noms in the comedy and new show categories.

And while the Brit version of “The Office” is no more, crix still honored BBC America with a mention of “Viva Blackpool” in the longform category.

Finally, Disney’s “High School Musical” — already a popular phenom — got some critical love, but not in the longform category. It’s up for best kiddie show.

TCA kudos will be handed out July 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

And the nominees are:

Program of the Year
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Lost” (ABC)
“The Office” (NBC)
“The Sopranos”(HBO)
“24” (Fox)

Achievement in Comedy
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“Everybody Hates Chris” (UPN)
“My Name Is Earl” (NBC)
“The Office” (NBC)
“Scrubs” (NBC)

Achievement in Drama
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“House” (Fox)
“Lost” (ABC)
“The Sopranos” (HBO)
“24”(Fox)

Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
“American Masters: Bob Dylan: No Direction Home” (PBS)
“Elizabeth I” (HBO)
“Masterpiece Theater: Bleak House” (PBS)
“Sleeper Cell” (Showtime)
“Viva Blackpool”(BBC America)

New Program
“Big Love” (HBO)
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“Everybody Hates Chris” (UPN)
“My Name Is Earl” (NBC)
“Prison Break” (Fox)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Steve Carell (“The Office”)
Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”)
Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”)
Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”)
Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”)

Individual Achievement in Drama
Alan Alda (“The West Wing”)
James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”)
Hugh Laurie (“House”)
Kiefer Sutherland (“24”)
Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”)

Achievement in Children’s Programming
“Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” (Cartoon Network)
“High School Musical” (Disney Channel)
“Nick News” (Nickelodeon)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)

Achievement in News and Information
“American Masters: Newhart” (PBS)
“Broadway: The Golden Age” (PBS)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“Frontline: Country Boys” (PBS)
“60 Minutes” (CBS)

Heritage Award
“Hallmark Hall of Fame” (CBS)
“The West Wing” (NBC)
“Will & Grace” (NBC)

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