The Giants appearance on the inaugural season of Showtime's "The Franchise" didn't result in much success for the baseball team in 2012, but it still did well critically: "The Franchise" was nominated for three Sports Emmy Awards.
The Academy announced as much on Tuesday, with "The Franchise" accounting for three of the 10 nominations that Showtime received (and those were part of 26 total nominations for the CBS Sports Group).
"The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants" was nominated first for "Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology," along with "A Football Life" (NFL Network), "E:60" (ESPN2), "NFL Turning Point," (Versus), "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" (HBO), and "World of Adventure Sports" (NBC).
Looking at that group, this is an extremely winnable category for "The Franchise." Most of those are constantly revolving or fairly older shows -- "NFL Turning Point" or "A Football Life" would both be big threats.
The second nomination for "The Franchise" came for "Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics." Also nominated were a number of different programs, including "2011 NBA Moments on TNT" (TNT), "McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice" (HBO), "Men of Mettle - Ed Sabol's Last Football Movie" (NFL Network), "Monday Night Football" (ESPN), "The Army-Navy Game Opening Tease" (CBS) and "The Curious Case of Curt Flood" (HBO).
Best guess here is that only one "The Franchise" easily beats is "Monday Night Football," since, you know, they fired Hank Williams Jr.
And the final nomination was for "Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound." Along with "The Franchise," the nominees are: "24/7: Flyers/Rangers" (HBO), "NBA on TNT" (TNT), "NFL Films Presents: Super Bowl XLV" (NFL Network), "Sound FX: All Access" (NFL Network), and "The Army/Navy Game: Opening Tease" (CBS).
Go ahead and lock in the NFL Network's Super Bowl show for this; it features behind-the-scenes shot of the "Big Game," and typically does an incredible job of exposing fascinating aspects of America's most-watched sporting event.
If "The Franchise" can net even one of these, it would be a tremendous win. And that's not a knock on the show -- the nominees are just all pretty impressive in these three categories.