HOLLYWOOD -- The ABC series 'Moonlighting' picked up unprecedented nominations in both comedy and drama categories in bids for television awards announced Thursday by the Directors Guild of America.
Guild president Gilbert Cates said 'Moonlighting,' a romantic detective series with an underlying current of sardonic humor, was the first show ever nominated by the DGA for awards of excellence in more than one category.
Will Mackenzie was nominated for best director of a dramatic series for the 'Moonlighting' episode titled 'My Fair David.' Joining him in the category were Ray Danton for 'Cagney & Lacey' on CBS and Paul Michael Glaser for 'Miami Vice' on NBC.
Peter Werner picked up the other 'Moonlighting' nomination, for direction of a comedy series, for the episode titled 'The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice.' He is competing against James Burrows for 'Cheers' and Jay Sandrich for 'The Golden Girls,' both on NBC.
Nominated for best director of a dramatic special were Jeff Bleckner for 'Do You Remember Love?' the story of a couple coping with Alzheimer's disease; John Erman for 'An Early Frost,' about a man who must tell his family he is homosexual and is dying of AIDS; and Lamont Johnson for 'Wallenberg: A Hero's Story,' about the Swedish diplomat who worked to save European Jews during World War II.
Johnson last fall won the best directing Emmy for 'Wallenberg.' The eligibility period for the DGA awards partially overlap those for the Emmys, which gave last year's series direction awards to 'Cagney & Lacey' and 'The Cosby Show.'
Nominated for best direction of a musical-variety show were Don Mischer for 'Motown Returns to the Apollo,' Marty Pasetta for 'The 57th Annual Academy Awards,' and Tony Verna, Sandi Fullerton, Louis Horvitz and Wendy Charles for 'The Live Aid Concert.'
Sports show nominations went to David Caldwell for 'World of Professional Figure Skating Championships,' Andy Kindle for 'CBS Sports Sunday Tour de France,' and Ted Nathanson, Bob Levy and Dick Cline for 'Wimbledon: Gentleman's Singles Final.'
Nominees for best documentary-actuality program were John Cosgrove for 'Missing: Have You Seen This Person,' Jody Eldred for 'The China Experience: Beyond The Wall,' and Harry Rasky for 'Homage to Chagall: The Colours of Love.'
Nominated for best daytime special were Claude Kerven for 'After School Special' and both Craig Sandy Tung and Michael Poshiyuki Uno for 'Schoolbreak Specials.'
The guild will announce nominations for best movie director -- an award that traditionally mirrors the Oscar choice -- next Wednesday. All the honors will be presented at a banquet to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Mar. 8.