Daytime Emmy Noms Unveiled

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences today announced its nominees for the 31st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, recognizing some popular cartoons among the hopefuls.

PBS’ Arthur, Disney Channel’s Disney’s Kim Possible and Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, Rugrats and Little Bill (Nick Jr.) face off in the race for Best Children’s Animated Series. The same broadcasters have shows in the running for Best Preschool Children’s Series. That category includes Disney Channel’s Jim Henson Co. creation Bear in the Big Blue House, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues and PBS’ Sesame Street.

In the category Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, ABC’s Disney’s Fillmore hopes to go to the head of the class, which includes Cartoon Network’s Duck Dodgers, Kids’ WB!’s Ozzy & Drix, Disney Channel’s Rolie Polie Olie, Kids’ WB!’s Static Shock, and NBC’s Tutenstein.

The late John Ritter is nominated for his performance as Clifford the Big Red Dog in the PBS series for the same name. The other nominees for Outstanding Performance in an Animated Program are: Henry Winkler for the role of Norville in Clifford’s Puppy Days (PBS), Nancy Cartwright as Rufus the Naked Mole Rat in Disney’s Kim Possible (Disney Channel), Joe Alaskey as the title role in Cartoon Network’s Duck Dodgers and Walter Cronkite as Benjamin Franklin in Liberty’s Kids (PBS).

Clifford’s Puppy Days, Duck Dodgers, He Man and the Masters of the Universe (Cartoon Network), Jakers! The Adventures of Piggely Winks (PBS) and Xiaolin Showdown (Kids’ WB!) are all up for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing–Live-action and animation. The nominees for Sound Mixing–Live-action and Animation are Arthur, Sesame Street and X-Men: Evolution (WB).

Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series noms go to the scribes behind Bear in the Big Blue House, Blue’s Clues, Between the Lions (PBS), and Sesame Street.

Ellen DeGeneres, who provides the voice of Dory in the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Finding Nemo, scored another hit with her new syndicated daytime gabfest. The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned 12 Daytime Emmy nominations, coming second only to the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, which leads the pack with 16 nods.

To see a full list of nominations, visit www.emmyonline.org.