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The Golden Globes has made cable channel AMC one-for-one on the awards circuit.

The Cablevision-owned network received its first-ever nominations for its first original-programming effort, the June miniseries "Broken Trail." The four-hour Western drama collected three mentions, one for best miniseries/motion picture for TV and actor nods for Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church.

"Trail" already delivered a monster audience of 9.7 million over two nights, but the nominations have a value all their own, noted Charlie Collier, executive vp and general manager of AMC.

"We're thrilled to be recognized this way," said Collier, who moved from Court TV to AMC in September. "Without exception, 'Broken Trail' has become a turning point moment for AMC."

Rob Sorcher, executive vp original programming and production at AMC, said the noms give AMC additional credibility as it attempts to build on the momentum of "Trail" with a slate of series and miniseries. The network plans on rolling out its first original drama series next year.

"This is just further confirmation of how correct our track is in going after quality and the best possible creative talent out there," Sorcher said.

"Trail," which tied several other programs for the most-nominated longform production this year, was also nominated this week for the Writers Guild Awards in the longform category, along with A&E's "Flight 93" and TNT's "The Ron Clark Story."