McCartney Special Nets 5 Emmy Nods
The television special "A&E In Concert: Paul McCartney In Red Square" pulled in five nominations for the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for outstanding variety, music or comedy sThe television special "A&E In Concert: Paul McCartney In Red Square" pulled in five nominations for the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for outstanding variety, music or comedy special. A similar A&E special starring Sting netted four nods; the cable network earned a total of 24 nominations.
Filmed in May 2003, the two-hour McCartney special captured the artist's first visit to Russia. In addition to his performance in Moscow's Red Square in front of nearly 100,000 fans, the program featured footage of his three-day tour of the country. The special also earned nominations for sound mixing, editing, lighting direction and technical direction, camerawork/video.
Sting's two-hour A&E special took viewers inside the creation of his latest A&M album, "Sacred Love," and featured rehearsal and performance footage as well as clips of the artist recording in Paris. The program pulled in nominations for editing, lighting direction, sound mixing and technical direction-camerawork/video.
The wildly popular Fox series "American Idol" netted three Emmy nominations, including on in the outstanding reality-competition program category, where it will compete with "The Amazing Race," "The Apprentice," "Last Comic Standing" and "Survivor." The show also received nods for technical direction-camerawork/video and lighting direction.
Music-related programs earning two nominations were PBS' "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues," "Great Performances: Harry Connick Jr.: 'Only You' In Concert," and the 46th annual Grammy Awards broadcast.
The HBO miniseries "Angels in America" leads overall nominees with 21, followed closely by the network's mob drama "The Sopranos," which earned 20. HBO leads all networks with 124 nominations, distantly followed by NBC with 65.
Presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 19 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, and will be broadcast live by ABC. The full list of nominees can be found at the ATAS Web site.