PBS once again leads the News and Documentary Emmy nominations announced today with 37 noms, followed by CBS with 31 noms, including 16 for venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes, the most nominated program by a mile; HBO (20); National Geographic (19); NBC (17); ABC (9) and CNN and History (6), including 2 for History’s WWII in HD series. Among evening newsmagazines, the lower-rated CBS Evening News With Katie Couric led with 8 nominations, followed by NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams with six and ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson with 1.
Among the CBS News nominees was former 48 Hours Mystery producer Robert “Joe” Halderman, who is serving a six-month jail sentence for trying to extort CBS late-night host David Letterman. (Ironically, Letterman himself was snubbed at the Primetime Emmy Award nominations earlier this month.) Halderman was part of the producing team of a nominated 48 Hours Mystery segment about Amanda Knox, the American exchange student convicted of killing her roommate in Italy. The winners will be announced on Sept. 27th at a ceremony at the Lincoln Center where Frederick Wiseman will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award.