PBS shows get Emmy nominations

The nominees for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS programs garnered an impressive 32 nominations, including outstanding program nominations in Nonfiction Series (3 of the 6 nominees were PBS programs); Miniseries; Made-for-Television Movie; Children’s Nonfiction Program; and Reality Program categories.

Dame Judi Dench, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Gambon and Jonathan Pryce all received nominations in the acting categories for their performances in PBS programs.

* MASTERPIECE received 12 nominations, including 7 for “Return to Cranford” and 4 for “Emma”;
* THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA received 5 nominations;
* AMERICAN EXPERIENCE received 3 nominations;
* GREAT PERFORMANCES received 2 nominations;
* IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE received 2 nominations; and
* POV received 2 nominations.

In addition, AMERICAN MASTERS, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, THE BUDDHA, CELTIC WOMAN: SONGS FROM THE HEART, WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE and INDEPENDENT LENS all received nominations.

PBS’ 32 nominations are more than A&E, Bravo, Discovery Channel and History combined. Last year, PBS received 26 nominations and won 9 Primetime Emmys.

Winners in the creative arts categories will be announced on Friday, August 27; this awards presentation will be televised on E!. The Primetime Emmys live telecast for the remainder of the categories will be Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.