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Freshmen lead class for TCA noms

Heritage Award new this year

See nomineesHOLLYWOOD — Four frosh TV shows — “The Shield,” “Six Feet Under,” “24” and “The Osbournes” — dominated the 18th annual Television Critics Assn. Awards nominations Monday, nabbing 15 noms among them.

With four noms apiece, Fox’s “24,” HBO’s “Six Feet” and FX’s “Shield” will be duking it out at TCA’s July 20 kudofest honors in four categories: achievement in drama, new program, program of the year and individual achievement in drama for Kiefer Sutherland, Rachel Griffiths and Michael Chiklis, respectively. Returning nominees Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) and Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) are the other contenders in latter category.

Not far behind in the nominations pool was MTV juggernaut “The Osbournes,” which earned three mentions, including achievement in comedy, new program and program of the year. Also nominated in the comedy category: “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Scrubs,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Friends.”

Rounding out the program of the year category was HBO series “Band of Brothers,” while “Alias” grabbed the fifth slot for new program of the year.

New to this year’s kudos is the TCA Heritage Award, intended to honor programs or entities with a distinguished track record in television. This year’s nominees are “Saturday Night Live,” “60 Minutes,” “The Simpsons,” “Law & Order” and the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions.

Event, held at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, will dole out trophies in 11 categories.

The Television Critics Assn. is composed of more than 150 journalists from the United States and Canada.

And the 2002 TCA Award nominees are:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“The Bernie Mac Show” (Fox)
“Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS)
“Friends” (NBC)
“The Osbournes” (MTV)
“Scrubs” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“24” (Fox)
“CSI” (CBS)
“Gilmore Girls” (WB)
“The Shield” (FX)
“Six Feet Under” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT MOVIES, MINI-SERIES AND SPECIALS
“9/11” (CBS)
“America: A Tribute to Heroes” (all networks)
“Band of Brothers” (HBO)
“Blue Planet: Seas of Life” (Discovery)
“Frontier House” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“24” (Fox)
“Alias” (ABC)
“The Osbournes” (MTV)
“The Shield” (FX)
“Six Feet Under” (HBO)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Denis Leary (“The Job”)
Matt LeBlanc (“Friends”)
Bernie Mac (“The Bernie Mac Show”)
John McGinley (“Scrubs”)
Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”)
Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”)
Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”)
Martin Sheen (“West Wing”)
Kiefer Sutherland (“24”)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
“Between the Lions” (PBS)
“Little Bill” (Nickelodeon)
“Samurai Jack” (Cartoon Network)
“Spongebob Squarepants” (Nickelodeon)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION
“60 Minutes” (CBS)
“American Masters” (PBS)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“Nightline” (ABC)
“The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox)

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“24” (Fox)
“Band of Brothers” (HBO)
“The Osbournes” (MTV)
“The Shield” (FX)
“Six Feet Under” (HBO)

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
Carol Burnett
Bill Cosby
Larry Gelbart
Aaron Spelling
Mike Wallace

HERITAGE AWARD (New award in 2002)
“60 Minutes” (CBS)
Hallmark Hall of Fame productions
“Law & Order” (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Simpsons” (Fox)

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