The final season of HBO’s "The Sopranos" led all series in the Prime Time Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning, with the mob drama’s swan song garnering 15 nods including best series and acting honors for James Gandolfini and Edie Falco.
"Sopranos" added to HBO’s grand total of 86 nominations, including 17 for its movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," the most nominated show on the list.
Once again, HBO had more nominations than any network, though it was the pay cable network’s its lowest tally since 2001.
ABC was second with 70 nominations, including 11 honors for "Ugly Betty" and 10 for "Grey’s Anatomy." NBC was right behind with 69, with freshman sci-fi sensation "Heroes" earning a best drama series slot and "30 Rock" up for best comedy.
Joining "Sopranos" and "Heroes" as drama series nominees were ABC's "Boston Legal" and "Grey's Anatomy" and Fox's "House." Rounding out the comedy category were HBO’s "Entourage," CBS’ "Two and a Half Men" and current title holder NBC’s "The Office."
In addition to Mr. Gandolfi gaining his sixth drama nomination for "Sopranos," the acting category was filled out by previous nominees Kiefer Sutherland ("24"), James Spader ("Boston Legal"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me") and Hugh Laurie ("House").
Actress Minnie Driver earned her first Emmy nomination for "The Riches," joining returning nominee Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"), Edie Falco ("The Sopranos"), Patricia Arquette ("Medium") and Sally Field ("Brothers & Sisters").
Presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, nominees for the 59th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards were announced early Thursday by Emmy nominees Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") and Ms. Sedgwick.
The main ceremony will take place Sept. 16 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be televised by Fox.