'Sesame Street' draws five mentions

PBS and Discovery Kids scored big at the Children’s Programming Emmy nominations, picking up 18 and 15, respectively.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the noms on Wednesday at the annual Kidscreen Summit at Gotham’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

“Sesame Street” and “Reading Rainbow” helped power PBS by drawing five and three noms, respectively. PBS’ “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman,” “It’s a Big Big World” and “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks,” as well as Discovery Kids’ “Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue” and “ToddWorld,” all drew two mentions.

Nine other nets picked up noms, including Nickelodeon, with three and the Discovery Channel, with two. Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Fox, Kids WB, Lifetime, NBC and Warnerbros.com each nabbed one.

Nominations were announced in 12 categories: children’s programming distributed via broadband and portable delivery; children’s animated program; special class animated program; directing in a children’s series; original song; animation; performer in a children/youth/family special; performer in an animated program; children’s series; preschool children’s series; performer in a children’s series; children/youth/family special; and writing in a children’s series.

Kudofest, skedded for June 15, will be presented as part of the 34th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

Go to Emmyonline.tv for the complete list of nominations.

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