HBO Leads the Pack With 89 CableACE Nominations : Television: Nods for ‘Larry Sanders,’ ‘Dream On’ push network ahead of Showtime, which garners 36.


Hot off its strong showing in the Emmy Awards last week, HBO dominated the list of nominations announced Tuesday for the 17th annual CableACE Awards, led by its three-time winning comedy series “The Larry Sanders Show.”

HBO, which collected 15 Emmys to finish ahead of ABC, garnered 89 of the 371 nominations for the CableACE Awards, which honor original programming on cable television. Its pay-TV rival Showtime was runner-up with 36, followed by TNT with 28 and the Disney Channel with 20.

“The Larry Sanders Show” was the most nominated program, with 12, three of which went to stars Garry Shandling, Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor as best actor in a comedy series. Torn won last year.

The “Sanders” program, about the people who work on a fictional late-night TV talk show, also was nominated for the best comedy series award, which it has won for the past three years.


HBO’s “Dream On” received 10 nominations, including one as best comedy series and another for Brian Benben as best actor in a comedy series.

And HBO’s movie “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” which won an Emmy last week as television’s best movie, picked up seven CableACE nominations.

Showtime’s “The Outer Limits” also got seven nominations, while HBO’s “Citizen X,” Showtime’s “Fallen Angels,” TNT’s “Kingfish: The Story of Huey P. Long” and HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt” received six each.

The National Academy of Cable Programming will announce winners of the awards in three installments: International and craft categories during the week of Nov. 13, some program and performance categories during non-televised proceedings on Dec. 1 and the remaining program and performance categories during a Dec. 2 ceremony that will be televised on TNT.


Here is a partial list of CableACE nominees. The nominations cover the period from Sept. 1, 1994, to July 31, 1995.


Comedy series: “Dream On,” HBO; “Exit 57,” Comedy Central; “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO; “The State,” MTV.

Dramatic series: “Avonlea,” Disney; “Tales From the Crypt,” HBO; “The Outer Limits,” Showtime; “The Showtime 30-Minute Movie,” Showtime.


Movie or miniseries: “Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story,” Lifetime; “Citizen X,” HBO; “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” HBO; “Kingfish: The Story of Huey P. Long,” TNT; “The Burning Season,” HBO.

News special or series: “CNN Presents: America Mourns,” CNN; “CNN Presents: Kingdom of Cocaine,” CNN; “New Religions: The Cult Question,” MTV; “Rwanda: Cry Justice,” CNN International; “Vietnam: Coming to Terms,” CNN.

Talk show series: “Ask E. Jean,” America’s Talking; “Charles Grodin,” CNBC; “Four on the Floor,” VH1; “Inside the Actors Studio,” Bravo; “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,” Comedy Central.

Documentary series: “20th Century,” A&E; “A Baby’s World,” Learning Channel; “Biography,” A&E; “Desmond Morris’ The Human Animal,” Learning Channel; “VH1 to 1,” VH1.


Sports information series: “Inside the NFL,” HBO; “MTV Sports,” MTV; “The Sporting Life With Jim Huber,” CNN; “The Sports Reporters,” ESPN; “Up Close: Prime Time,” ESPN.

Actor, comedy series: Brian Benben, “Dream On,” HBO; Howie Mandel, “Howie Mandel’s Sunny Skies,” Showtime; Garry Shandling, “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO; Jeffrey Tambor, “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO; Rip Torn, “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO.

Actress, comedy series: Denny Dillon, “Dream On,” HBO; Janeane Garofalo, “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO; Jodi Lennon, “Exit 57,” Comedy Central; Wendie Malick, “Dream On,” HBO; Amy Sedaris, “Exit 57,” Comedy Central.

Actor, dramatic special or series: Beau Bridges, “The Outer Limits: Sandkings,” Showtime; Larry Drake, “The Outer Limits: The Message,” Showtime; John Hurt, “Picture Windows: Two Nudes Bathing,” Showtime; Kiefer Sutherland, “Fallen Angels: Love and Blood,” Showtime; Jim True, “The Showtime 30-Minute Movie: Two Over Easy,” Showtime.


Actress, dramatic special or series: Jackie Burroughs, “Avonlea,” Disney; Jennifer Grey, “Fallen Angels: A Dime a Dance,” Showtime; Paula Jai Parker, “Cosmic Slop: Tang,” HBO; Isabella Rossellini, “Tales From the Crypt: You, Murderer,” HBO; Helen Shaver, “The Outer Limits: Sandkings,” Showtime.

Actor, movie or miniseries: John Goodman, “Kingfish: The Story of Huey P. Long,” TNT; Tommy Lee Jones, “Good Old Boys,” TNT; Raul Julia, “Down Came a Blackbird,” Showtime; Raul Julia, “The Burning Season,” HBO; James Woods, “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” HBO.

Actress, movie or miniseries: Laura Dern, “Down Came a Blackbird,” Showtime; Linda Hamilton, “A Mother’s Prayer,” USA; Marlee Matlin, “Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story,” Lifetime; Vanessa Redgrave, “Down Came a Blackbird,” Showtime; Mercedes Ruehl, “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” HBO.

Sports host: Chris Berman, ESPN; Jim Lampley, HBO; Keith Olbermann, ESPN; Dan Patrick, ESPN; Al Trautwig, Madison Square Garden.


Sports commentator/analyst: Doug Collins, TNT; Peter Gammons, ESPN; Dick Schaap, ESPN; Dick Vitale, ESPN.

Entertainment host: Bobby Collins, “Stand Up Spotlight,” VH1; John Henson, “Talk Soup,” E! Entertainment; Bill Maher, “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,” Comedy Central; Dennis Miller, “Dennis Miller Live,” HBO; Garry Shandling, “HBO Comedy Hour: The 1995 Young Comedians Special,” HBO.

Program interviewer: Larry King, “Larry King Live,” CNN; Cal Thomas, “Cal Thomas,” CNBC; Jane Wallace, “Under Scrutiny With Jane Wallace,” fX.