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HBO’s ‘Sex,’ ‘Six’ tops at DGA TV noms

'West Wing,' '24,' 'Grace,' 'Rules' also nab nods

HBO dominates the Directors Guild of America’s TV series nominations, with “Six Feet Under” taking three of the five nods in the drama series category while “Sex and the City” duplicates that feat in the comedy series competition.

The other four nominations, announced Tuesday, went to NBC’s “The West Wing” and Fox’s “24” in drama and NBC’s “Will & Grace” and ABC’s “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” in comedy.

Winners will be announced Feb. 7 at the DGA’s 56th Awards gala at the Century Plaza Hotel.

The “Six Feet Under” and “Sex and the City” noms are the seventh and eighth times a series has garnered a trio of DGA noms in a single category, joining “Hill Street Blues” in 1981 and 1983, “ER” in 1994, “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” in 2002 and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” last year. In 2000, “Sopranos” set a record with four DGA nominations in a category.

James Burrows recorded his record-setting 20th nom for the “Last Ex to Brooklyn” seg of “Will & Grace.” Burrows won for “Cheers” in 1983 and ’90, for “Frasier” in ’93 and for “Will & Grace” in 2000; he recorded his first nom in 1981 for “Taxi,” racked up 10 nods for “Cheers,” one each for “Frasier,” “Friends” and “Dharma and Greg” and six for “Will & Grace.”

“Six Feet Under’s” noms went to Alan Ball for “I’m Sorry I’m Lost,” Kathy Bates for “Twilight” and Alan Poul for “Nobody Sleeps.” Ball won the award in 2001 for the series pilot.

The other candidates in the drama category are John Cassar for the “7 a.m.-8 a.m.” episode of “24” and Christopher Misiano for the “25” episode of “The West Wing.”

Noms for “Sex and the City” went to Michael Engler for “Hop, Skip & a Week,” Michael Patrick King for “Great Sexpectations” and Timothy M. Van Patten for “Boy Interrupted.” It was King’s third nom and the second for both Engler and Van Patten.

The two other comedy noms went to Burrows and first-timer James Widdoes for the “Goodbye” episode of “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” in which the TV family dealt with the death of John Ritter’s character.

Other categories

The DGA announced noms in three other categories, with Louis J. Horvitz racking up his 10th nom for ABC’s “The 75th Academy Awards” in the musical/variety category. He won the award in 1997 for “The Kennedy Center Honors.”

Other musical/variety nominees were Marty Callner for HBO’s “Rolling Stones: Forty Licks World Tour Live at Madison Square Garden,” David Mallet for NBC’s “Cher: The Farewell Tour,” Beth McCarthy-Miller for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (with Christopher Walken and the Foo Fighters) and Chuck O’Neil for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Daytime serial nods went to Larry Carpenter for ABC’s “One Life to Live,” Andrew Lee for ABC’s “Port Charles,” Sally McDonald for CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” Susan Strickler for CBS’ “The Guiding Light” and Angela Tessinari for ABC’s “All My Children.”

Children’s program nominees: Peter M. Gilbert for Showtime’s “A Time for Dancing,” Kevin Hooks for ABC’s “Sounder,” Kevin Lima for ABC’s “Eloise at Christmastime,” Sean McNamara for the Disney Channel’s “The Even Stevens Movie” and Oz Scott for Disney’s “The Cheetah Girls.”

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