Broken Trail Receives Most Mini Series Nominations in 30 Years
Statement from AMC General Manager Charlie Collier
(New York, New York) – On Thursday, July 19th, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 2007 Emmy Awards, with AMC receiving the most in basic cable with 18 nominations. AMC's first-ever original movie event, Broken Trail received Emmy nominations in categories:
- Outstanding Miniseries (Broken Trail)
- Outstanding Directing For a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Walter Hill, Director)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Robert Duvall as Prentice "Print" Ritter)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Thomas Haden Church as Tom Harte)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Greta Scacchi as Nola Johns)
- Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Alan Geoffrion, Writer)
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie (Lloyd Ahern, ASC, Director of Photography)
The sweeping epic set in the American West at the close of the 1800s, premiered on AMC on June 25 and 26, 2006 and helped launch the network's commitment to original programming. Broken Trail's premiere delivered all time record ratings, becoming the top rated cable movie of the year.
The following is a statement from AMC General Manager and Executive Vice President Charlie Collier:
"As AMC looks to launch its first scripted serial with tonight's premiere of Mad Men, we wanted to congratulate the Robert Duvall, Walter Hill, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Alan Geoffrion, Lloyd Ahern and the cast and crew of Broken Trail on their well deserved Emmy nominations and setting the bar so high. Their work and passion helped make AMC the most nominated network on basic cable in 2007."
"As the most watched scripted program in all of cable television, Broken Trail resonated with critics and viewers across the country and helped set a valuable standard for AMC's original programming in the years to come. Broken Trail brought great cinematic storytelling back to television and showed that our medium can still have a profound creative influence. We are grateful to be associated with this project and congratulate everyone who was involved in this project."
"As we go into tonight's highly anticipated premiere of Mad Men, these nominations set a foundation of aspiration of all our original projects and give us added momentum and excitement with what we are trying to uniquely create at AMC. We thank the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences members for the acknowledgement."
Broken Trail is a powerful two-part drama set in the American Old West of the late 1800s. The four-hour original movie is an authentic and harrowing tale that follows a veteran cowboy (Robert Duvall) and his nephew (Thomas Haden Church) as they drive a herd of horses from Oregon to Wyoming, their trail crossing with five enslaved Chinese girls. A fateful act of decency plunges their lives into peril and forever changes their destinies. Broken Trail follows the complicated paths of each traveler's life, of love forged on a difficult path and hardships inflicted on innocents lost in America.
In addition, Matthew Weiner, the creator and executive producer of AMC's Mad Men, received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series for his previous work on The Sopranos. Mad Men is AMC's first dramatic series and builds on the momentum which was established after the launch of Broken Trail. It marks the first project of Matthew Weiner since The Sopranos. Mad Men premieres on AMC tonight, Thursday, at 10 pm EST and has received overwhelming critical acclaim.
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