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‘NYPD’ scores DGA hat trick

Helmers of ABC’s “NYPD Blue” blew away the opposition Monday, dominating the list of tube nominees for the 46th annual Directors Guild of America awards Monday, while HBO directors buoyed cabler hopes with an unprecedented four nods in competition with the networks.

“NYPD Blue” helmers Charles Haid, Gregory Hoblit and EricLaneuville all nabbed slots in the nighttime dramatic series category for Steven Bochco’s gritty urban cop drama.

DGA spokesman Chuck Warn said it was the first time that a TV series drew three nods in a single category. Only “Moonlighting” in 1985 grabbed three nominations in one year, two in comedy and one in nighttime drama.

DGA prexy Gene Reynolds and awards chairman Jack Shea announced the nominations in the categories of dramatic special, comedy, nighttime dramatic series, musical variety, daytime serial and documentary/actuality at a press conference Monday.

Winners, voted on by DGA members, will be named alongside feature film awardees at simultaneous dinners March 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A. and the Supper Club in Gotham.

“Late Show With David Letterman” director Hal Gurnee will do his best to avoid a Buffalo Bills impersonation. With his seventh straight nod with no wins in the musical variety category, he holds the record of most noms without a victory in that category.

James Burrows earned his 12th career DGA nom in the comedy category for an episode of “Frasier.” A winner of two DGA awards (1983 and 1990 for “Cheers”), Burrows ties Don Mischer for second place on the list of most nominated TV helmers. Only former DGA prexy George Schaefer has won more.

Nominees in the dramatic special category will convene for a symposium Saturday, Feb. 26, in DGA Theater No. 1.

A complete list of nominees follows:

DRAMATIC SPECIALS

Emile Ardolino, “Gypsy” (CBS)

Robert Butler, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (ABC)

Michael Ritchie, “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleading-Murdering Mom” (HBO)

Ian Sander, “I’ll Fly Away: Then and Now” (PBS)

Roger Spottiswoode, “And the Band Played On” (HBO)

COMEDY

Peter Bonerz, “Angst for the Memory,””Murphy Brown” (CBS)

James Burrows, “The Good Son,””Frasier” (NBC)

Tom Cherones, “The Mango,””Seinfeld” (NBC)

Michael Lange, “Kaddish for Uncle Manny,””Northern Exposure” (CBS)

Betty Thomas, “Silent Night, Holy Cow,””Dream On” (HBO)

DRAMATIC SERIES, NIGHT

Lou Antonio, “The Dancing Bandit,””Picket Fences” (CBS)

Charles Haid, “True Confessions,””NYPD Blue” (ABC)

Gregory Hoblit, “NYPD Blue” pilot

Eric Laneuville, “From Here to Eternity,””NYPD Blue”

Barry Levinson, “Gone for Goode,””Homicide: Life on the Street” (NBC)

MUSICAL VARIETY

Humphrey Burton, “Leonard Bernstein Place, Stage” (A&E)

Hal Gurnee, “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS)

Louis J. Horvitz, “The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS)

Jeff Margolis, “The 65th Annual Academy Awards” (ABC)

Don Scardino, “Tracey Ullman Takes on New York” (HBO)

DAYTIME SPECIALS

Bruce S. Barry, “The Guiding Light” (CBS)

Joseph Behar, “General Hospital” (ABC)

Brian Mertes, “The Guiding Light” (CBS)

Jill Mitwell, “One Life to Live” (ABC)

Michael Stich, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

DOCUMENTARY/ACTUALITY

Bruce Kuerton and John Dijulio, “From Fields of Promise”

Susan Lacy and Susan Steinberg, “Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time”

Alan and Susan Raymond, “I Am a Promise”

Shari Cookson, “Skinheads USA: Soldiers of a Race War”

Barbara Kopple, “Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson”

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