Peter, Jack, Homer, Cartman and SpongeBob are getting the tuxes pressed in light of todays announcement of Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. The race for Outstanding Animated Program (less than one hour) will be run by Foxs Family Guy ("North By North Quahog"), Cartoon Networks Samurai Jack (Episode XLIX), Foxs The Simpsons ("Future Drama"), Comedy Centrals South Park ("Best Friends Forever") and Nickelodeons SpongeBob SquarePants ("Fear of a Krabby Patty/Shell of a Man").
In the category Outstanding Animated Program (one hour or more), Cartoon Networks Star Wars: Clone Wars Vol. 2 (chapters 21-25) is in competition with Animal Planets Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real. The "documentary" on mythical beasts features photo-real digital animation by Framestore CFC and Cinesite. Clone Wars was produced at Cartoon Network Studios under the direction of Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky.
The Simpsons also got nods in the categories Outstanding Music Composition (for "Treehouse of Horror XV"), Outstanding Music and Lyrics (for "Always My Dad" from the episode "A Star is Torn"). Also getting recognition for music are Cartoon Networks Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends and Justice League Unlimited, which are both nominated for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.
HBOs Classical Baby is the only animated show vying for Outstanding Childrens Program. Its up against Nickelodeons Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, A&Es Pride and Disney Channels Thats So Raven.
SCI-FI Channel nearly monopolized the Visual Effects for a Series category, landing noms for Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis and two episodes of Battlestar Galactica. The networks only competition is ABC, which is recognized for effects in the pilot for Lost.
On the minisries, movie or special side, SCI-FIs cancelled Farscape finally received a long-overdue visual effects nomination for the four-hour mini, Farscape The Peacekeeper Wars. The Jim Henson Co. production is up against fellow SCI-FI miniseries Legend of Earthsea, as well as Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, HBOs The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Discovery Channels Supervolcano.
With 15 nominations each, ABCs Desperate Housewives and NBCs Will and Grace will dominate the evening as CBS airs the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 18. For a complete list of nominations, go to ww.emmys.com.