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'Sesame St.' fuels PBS to Daytime Emmys lead

Paced by the venerable "Sesame Street," PBS collected 56 nominations Thursday to lead the way in the 36th annual Daytime Emmy Entertainment Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said.

ABC was second with 50 mentions, followed by syndicated programming (49), CBS (30), NBC (20), Nickelodeon (13) and Disney Channel and Food Network (10 apiece).

ABC's "All My Children" grabbed 19 noms, the most of any individual show, though star Susan Lucci was jilted. Up next were "Sesame Street" with 15 noms, NBC's "Days of Our Lives" (13), syndicated "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (12), ABC's "One Life to Live" (11) and CBS' "The Young & the Restless" (10).

"Sesame Street" will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Freshman syndicated product recognized includes "Family Court With Judge Penny" from Program Partners for legal courtroom program, "The Doctors" from CBS Television Distribution in the category of outstanding talk show/ informative and Howie Mandel as host of NBC Universal's daytime version of "Deal or No Deal."

Missing was ABC's "The View" for outstanding talk show/entertainment despite a hosting nom for the five women. And considering Sony Pictures Television's "Judge Hatchett" ended production last year, competing in the legal courtshow program category was just plain odd.

Hosted by Vanessa Williams, the Daytime Emmys will be telecast by the CW on Aug. 30 from the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Marc Berman is the Programming Insider/Mr. Television at Mediaweek.