ABC, HBO dominate DGA's TV nominees. It's ''Housewives'' vs. ''Sex,'' ''Lost'' vs. ''Sopranos'' in comedy and drama categories

By Michael Slezak
Updated January 13, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

As if ratings-revitalized ABC doesn’t have enough to crow about, its freshman hits Lost and Desperate Housewives were among the big winners when the Directors Guild of America announced this week its nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in television.

Housewives produced a pair of first-time nominees, Charles McDougall and Arlene Sanford, in the primetime comedy series category. They’ll be up against directors of two episodes of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bryan Gordon and Robert Weide (also a first-time nominee), as well as Sex and the City‘s Tim Van Patten, who also landed a primetime drama nomination for HBO’s The Sopranos.

Joining Van Patten in the drama department are fellow HBO-ers Walter Hill (Deadwood) and John Patterson (The Sopranos), plus J.J. Abrams (for ABC’s Lost). NBC managed to break into the proceedings with a nomination for ER‘s Christopher Chulack. Hill and Abrams are first-time nominees.

The winners will be announced at DGA’s 57th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 29. The complete list of nominees for the musical variety, daytime serials, and children’s programs categories are available at