Sesame Street, Between the Lions Grab Highest Number of Daytime Emmy Noms in Kids’ Races

The National TV Academy announced the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominees live today on ABC’s The View. In the children’s programming arena, long-running PBS show Sesame Street was the front-runner with 13 nominations, followed by Between The Lions with 7 noms, and Bear in the Big Blue House and Clifford the Big Red Dog following closely with 4 noms each.

In the closely watched Outstanding Children’s Animated Program race, PBS favorites Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur and Dragon Tales will go head to head with Nickelodeon heavyweights Dora the Explorer and Rugrats.

Disney’s Kim Possible (ABC), Disney’s Teacher’s Pet (ABC), My Fair Madeline (Nickelodeon), Ozzy & Drix (Kids’ WB!) and Rolie Polie Olie (Disney Channel) are nominated in the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program category. The contenders in the Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition are Between the Lions, Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, Static Shock and The Zeta Project (Kids’ WB!).

John Ritter (Clifford the Big Red Dog, PBS), Walter Cronkite (Liberty’s Kids, PBS) Ruby Dee and Gregory Hines (Little Bill, Nick), and Mindy Cohn (What’s New Scooby-Doo?, Kids’ WB!) are the nominees in the race for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.

The Lifetime Achievement Award this year will be presented to Art Linkletter, former host of Kids Say the Darnest Things.

The Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Friday, May 16, from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall from 8:00 — 11:00 p.m. (ET). Emmy Awards are presented to daytime television programs that are broadcast between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The eligibility period for all awards was January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002.

For a complete list of Daytime Emmy nominees, visit www.emmyonline.org.