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The Television Critics Assn. Awards will be televised for the first time this summer by cable network E! Entertainment Television, with honors to be presented in eight categories.

NBC received the most nominations for the ninth annual awards ceremony, including program of the year nods to “Cheers,””Seinfeld” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” a category rounded out by HBO’s movie “Barbarians at the Gate” and Fox Broadcasting Co.’s “The Simpsons.” The awards will be presented July 23 during the TCA summer press tour.

“Cheers,””Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons” were also nominated as outstanding comedy, along with “Roseanne” (ABC) and “The Larry Sanders Show” (HBO).

“Barbarians” was included in the drama balloting with the NBC series “Homicide,””I’ll Fly Away” and “Law and Order,” ABC’s “Homefront” and PBS’ “Prime Suspect 2.”

Roone Arledge, Bob Hope, David Letterman, Bill Moyers and Fred Rogers are up for the org’s career achievement award.

A list of the remaining categories follows:

Specials –“Mike Tyson: Fallen Champ” (NBC), “Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Special” (NBC), “Oprah Talks to Michael Jackson” (ABC), “Women of Country” (CBS).

News and information –“Frontline” (PBS), “Nightline” (ABC), “POV” (PBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), Peter Jennings (ABC).

Sports — Bob Costas (NBC), World Series coverage (CBS), Major League Baseball (ESPN), “SportsCenter” (ESPN).

Children’s programming –“Beakman’s World” (syndicated, Learning Channel), “Sesame Street” (PBS), “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” (PBS), Fred Rogers (PBS), Linda Ellerbee.