‘Boom,’ Stewart top TCAs

HBO scores 10 noms

See nomineesNBC’s frosh drama “Boomtown” and Comedy Central’s media satire “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” topped the Television Critics Assn. nominations announced Wednesday, nabbing four apiece.

Skeins will duke it out for program of the year along with HBO’s “The Wire,” last year’s winner “24” and ratings behemoth “American Idol.”

Kudos, awarded by the org’s 200 critics and journos, recognize achievement in TV for the 2002-2003 season. Trophies will be handed out July 19 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Comedian Wanda Sykes will host.

On the network front, HBO’s critically lauded lineup scored a list-topping 10 noms, dominating the outstanding drama category with “Six Feet Under,” “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.” FX’s “The Shield” and Fox’s “24” round out the competish.

Perennial fave “The Sopranos” also received nods for Edie Falco and James Gandolfini for individual achievement in drama. They compete againstJennifer Garner (“Alias”), Neal McDonough (“Boomtown”) and Kiefer Sutherland (“24”).

Canceled Fox series “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” had the last laugh, scoring a nom for outstanding comedy. HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (also recognized for individual achievement in comedy for Larry David), “The Daily Show,” CBS'”Everybody Loves Raymond” and BBC America’s “The Office” also drew noms.

Along with David, fellow contenders for individual achievement in comedy are Stewart, Brad Garrett (“Raymond”), Bonnie Hunt (“Life With Bonnie”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”).

Noticeably absent from the laffer competish altogether was 2002 champ “The Bernie Mac Show.”

Stewart’s latenight news parody will face serious competish from “Frontline,” “Nightline,” “60 Minutes” and “David Bloom” in the outstanding news and information category.

Nominees for TCA’s Heritage Award, honoring programs with a distinguished track record, are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Law & Order,” “Reading Rainbow,” “Saturday Night Live” and “60 Minutes.”

And the nominees are . . .

Program of the Year
American Idol (Fox)
Boomtown (NBC)
The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
24 (Fox)
The Wire (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement In Drama
Boomtown (NBC)
The Shield (FX)
Six Feet Under (HBO)
The Sopranos (HBO)
24 (Fox)
The Wire (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement In Comedy
Andy Richter Controls the Universe (Fox)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
The Office (BBC America)

Individual Achievement In Comedy
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)
Bonnie Hunt (“Life With Bonnie”)
Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”)
Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”)

Individual Achievement In Drama
Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”)
James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”)
Jennifer Garner (“Alias”)
Neal McDonough (“Boomtown”)
Kiefer Sutherland (“24”)

Outstanding New Program Of The Year
American Dreams (NBC)
Boomtown (NBC)
Everwood (the WB)
Lucky (FX)
The Wire (HBO)

Heritage Award
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (UPN)
Law & Order (NBC)
Reading Rainbow (PBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
60 Minutes (CBS)

Career Achievement
Larry Gelbart
Don Hewitt
Carl Reiner
Aaron Spelling
Oprah Winfrey

Outstanding Achievement In News & Information
David Bloom (NBC)
The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
Frontline (PBS)
Nightline (ABC)
60 Minutes (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement In Children’s Programming
Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon)
Liberty’s Kids (PBS)
Nick News (Nickelodeon)
Reading Rainbow (PBS)
Sesame Street (PBS)

Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries And Specials
Door to Door (TNT)
Hitler: Rise of Evil (CBS)
Live From Baghdad (HBO)
Manor House (PBS)
Taken (Sci Fi)