There was some Baltimore-related news in the prime-time Emmy announcements Thursday morning with HBO's Generation Kill being nominated in the category of best mini-series. Overall, the production received 11 nominations.
Baltimore's David Simon and Ed Burns are among the executive producers and writers on the film about the conflict in Iraq. Simon received a solo nomination in the category of best writing for a movie, mini-series or dramatic special for the "Bomb in the Garden" episode that he wrote.
Based on the book of the same title by Evan Wright, the HBO mini-series aired in seven parts starting on July 13, 2008. Simon and Burns worked on the overall adaptation.
The mini-series chronicles what Wright saw as a reporter embedded with the 1st Reconnaissance battalion of United States Marine Corps at the start of the conflict in Iraq in 2003.
Simon and Burns also served as two of several executive producers on the project that was filmed in part in South Africa.
The pair were nominated in 2008 for best writing in a drama series for the final episode of The Wire. But they did not win the Emmy.
With only two nominees in the best mini-series category for which Generation Kill is nominated, the odds look better this year.
The competition is Little Dorritt, the Andrew Davies adaptation of the Charles Dickens book for the PBS Masterpiece Theatre.
Another writer with Baltimore ties was also nominated Thursday. Robin Veith, a Baltimore native who now lives in Los Angeles, was nominated for an epsiode of AMC's Mad Men, the celebrated series on which she works as a staff writer.
Read an extended interview that I did last year on the eve of the Emmys with Veith here. She was also nominated in 2008 for her work on the first season of Mad Men.