PBS leads kids' Emmy noms with 18


NEW YORK -- PBS led the field vying for Daytime Emmy Awards in children's programming with 18 nominations, while Discovery Kids received 15.

The nominations were announced Wednesday during the Kidscreen Summit at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers here.

PBS and Discovery Kids were the only media to receive double-digit nominations. Nickelodeon was in third place with three nominations, followed by two for Discovery Channel and one each for Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Fox, Lifetime, NBC, WarnerBros.com and Kids' WB!

Nominated for outstanding children's series are "Assignment Discovery" (Discovery), "Endurance: High Sierras" (Discovery Kids), "Reading Rainbow" (PBS) and "Strange Days at Blake Holsey High" (Discovery Kids). Competing for the preschool children's series award are "Hi-5" (Discovery Kids), "Hip Hop Harry" (Discovery Kids), "It's a Big Big World" (PBS), "Paz" (Discovery Kids)" and "Sesame Street" (PBS).

"Sesame Street" and "Reading Rainbow" are the only shows nominated for outstanding writing. Discovery Kids has a lock on the category of children/youth/family special with the only three nominations for "A Year on Earth," "The Great Polar Bear Adventure" and "Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue."

Five programs received nominations for outstanding children's animated program: "Arthur" and "Curious George" (both PBS), "Peep and the Big Wide World" (Discovery Kids), "Time Warp Trio" (NBC) and "Toddworld" (Discovery Kids). Three Discovery Kids shows -- "Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks," "Growing Up Creepie" and "Tutenstein" -- joined Kids' WB!'s "The Batman" vying for the outstanding special-class animated program.

"Sesame Street" legend Caroll Spinney, who received a lifetime achievement award at last year's Daytime Emmys, was nominated as outstanding performer in a children's series for Oscar the Grouch. Also nominated was Kevin Clash as Elmo on "Sesame Street" and "Reading Rainbow" host Levar Burton.

Three performers received noms for acting in a children/youth/family special: Kero O'Bryon in Discovery's "Christmas and the Civil War," Eion Bailey in Lifetime's "Life of the Party" and Elijah Woods for hosting Discovery Kids' "Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue."

For the first time, there were nominations for outstanding achievement for children's programming via broadband or portable delivery. The nominees for that award are PBS' "Cyberchase," Cartoon Network's "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" and WarnerBros.com's "Scooby-Doo: Haunts for the Holidays."

The Children's Emmys will be handed out June 15 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.