Daytime Emmys to honor Internet content

Internet videos showing volcanic eruptions of Diet Coke will compete along with Web shorts featuring the cast of NBC’s “The Office” in newly created categories for the upcoming Daytime Emmy Awards.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations Thursday for outstanding drama, comedy, variety and children’s original programming for broadband, specifically computers, cell phones and other handheld devices.

The New York-based organization teamed with social networking Web site MySpace.com for the first time to solicit nominations from the public, resulting in the recognition of independent productions as well as programs created by traditional TV networks.

This is only the second year the group has honored programs created for high-speed Internet, or broadband, connections. Last year, the first broadband Emmy was awarded to AOL for its 2005 Webcast of the worldwide “Live 8″ concert.

The awards for broadband programming will be given at a June 14 ceremony in Los Angeles. The Daytime Emmy Awards will be televised live on June 15.

Nominees include:

Drama:
“Prom Queen,” Vuguru;
“Sam Has 7 Friends,” Vuguru
“Satacracy 88,” Itsallinyourhands.com
“Stranger Adventures,” Riddle Productions
“Tim’s Dates,” Mandate Bros. productions.

Comedy:
“Baxter & McGuire,” Comedy Central
“Honesty,” Comedy Central
“Mobijokes,” DV3 Productions
“Pale Force,” NBC
“Slob Evolution,” Blink Productions
“The Office: Accountants,” NBC.

Variety:
“Dexter Blood Spatter 101,” Showtime
“Guiding Light’s 70th Anniversary Celebration,” Proctor & Gamble Productions
“Icons of Science Quantum Theory,” Discovery Education
“It’s Jerrytime!” Ozone
“The Extreme Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments,” EepyBird.

Children’s:
“Cyberchase,” PBS
Scooby-Doo: Haunts for the Holidays,” Warnerbrothers.com
“The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy,” Cartoon Network.

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