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HBO ‘Pacific’ Miniseries on World War II Leads Emmy Nominations

July 8 (Bloomberg) -- “The Pacific,” the HBO miniseries about World War II from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, captured 24 Emmy nominations to lead the shows vying for television’s most-coveted awards.

“Glee,” the Fox network show about a high-school glee club, came in second with 19 nominations, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today in Los Angeles. “Mad Men,” the AMC series about a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 1960s, was third with 17.

HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc., garnered the most nominations with 101. Among cable networks, Cablevision Systems Corp.’s AMC was second with 26. Walt Disney Co.’s ABC was first among broadcasters with 63 nominations, garnering 14 for “Modern Family” and 12 for “Lost,” the fantasy series about island castaways that concluded this year.

In 10 parts, “The Pacific” was produced by the creators of “Band of Brothers,” the HBO miniseries about 101st Airborne’s role in World War II in Europe. “The Pacific” told the intertwined stories of three Marines as the U.S. battled Japan.

The show was produced by Spielberg’s DreamWorks, HBO Films and Playtone, Hanks’s production company, according to IMDB.com, an entertainment-industry website. The Emmys are scheduled to air Aug. 29 on NBC.

“Glee,” a first-season show on News Corp.’s Fox, was ranked among the 20 most-watched in weekly ratings from Nielsen Co. Nominations for the program included best comedy series and nods for actors Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele.

“Modern Family,” another newcomer, corralled comedy nominations for the series and several cast members.

Conan O’Brien was nominated for best variety series for his short-lived run as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC.

Among broadcasters, CBS came in second with 57 nominations. NBC, owned by General Electric Co., had 48, and Fox had 47.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Golum in Los Angeles at rgolum@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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