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ABC grabbed nominations in three categories of the DGA Awards’ comedy series category Thursday, while HBO drew two noms, both for “The Sopranos,” for nighttime dramatic series.
The alphabet’s nominations came for episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” directed by Seth Mann; “Boston Legal,” directed by Arlene Sanford; and “Ugly Betty,” directed by Richard Shepard.
Other category nominees included Adam Bernstein for “30 Rock” (NBC) and Julian Farino for “Entourage” (HBO).
HBO’s drama noms came for “Sopranos” episodes directed by David Nutter and Tim Van Patten.
Nighttime drama noms also went to Jon Cassar for “24” (Fox); Peter Horton, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC); and Thomas Schlamme for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (NBC).
The fact that “Grey’s Anatomy” figures in both the comedy and drama categories reflects a long history of the DGA allowing directors to decide on submission categories for individual episodes.
“The director’s role in creating compelling television has never been greater and will continue to grow in importance as TV gets more competitive and audiences more demanding,” DGA president Michael Apted said. “The nominees for the DGA Television Awards are the vanguard of this movement, setting ever-higher standards of quality and taking on the challenge to deliver excellence in all genres week after week.”
Feature film and TV movie noms were released previously. Winners in all categories will be announced Feb. 3 when the DGA holds its 59th annual awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.
A complete list of the latest TV nominations can be found at www.hollywoodreporter.com.
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