Nominations unveiled for Rose d'Or

Only three U.S. shows make the cut among 110 nominees

The nominees for the 2010 Rose d'Or TV show competition were unveiled Thursday at simultaneous events in London and Lucerne, Switzerland.

An international jury panel selected 110 shows from 515 entries submitted, an all-time record in the festival's 50-year history. Oddly, the U.S. contestants numbered only three -- NBC's "Parenthood," WNET's "Dance in America" and Telemundo's "Missing" -- while the British field, typically, was the largest, numbering 48.

The winners will be decided during the 50th Rose d'Or fest, which unspools in Lucerne from Sept. 18-22. The Rose d'Or is one of the only global awards for television entertainment.

Fest director Rolf Probala revealed details of the nominated programs to invitees at BAFTA headquarters in London and at Lucerne's Schweizerhof Hotel, where this year's fest will be based.

Generally speaking, the international breakdown of the nomineeswas fairly wide-ranging but with most countries, like the U.S., fielding ony a few entries. Germany boasted nine and Canada seven but all others had fewer. Qatar and the UAE each had one picked up for consideration.

This year Rose d'Or Awards will be given in the following categories: Arts Documentary & Performing Arts, Children & Youth, Comedy, Drama & Mini Series, Game Show, Multi-Platform, Reality & Factual Entertainment, Sitcom, Soap & Telenovela and Variety & Live Event Show.

In the special Social Award category, the show which best deals in a direct and enlightening manner with a significant social and humanitarian subject will be selected. From among the winners of all categories, the most outstanding show will be awarded with the Best of 2010. Honorary Roses will be given to two leading international industry figures, and to a show which has made television history.

The Golden Roses will be awarded at a Golden Jubilee Gala on Sept. 22 at the Culture and Convention Center on the shore of Lake Lucerne. The awards ceremony will celebrate 50 years of television history, with special guest stars and celebrity presenters. During the festival there will also be a full conference program, with the Rose d'Or Forum, a series of workshops and Comedy Nights.
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