`Er' Gets 17 Nominations for Annual Emmy Awards

By Post-Dispatch, Gail Pennington | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), July 19, 1996 | Go to article overview

`Er' Gets 17 Nominations for Annual Emmy Awards


Post-Dispatch, Gail Pennington, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


NBC dominated the Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, led by "ER," the wildly popular medical drama that helped take its network to No. 1 in the 1995-'96 season.

NBC led competitors with 88 nominations (to 67 for runner-up CBS and a mere 55 for ABC), while "ER" topped all other programs with 17 nods.

Rival hospital drama "Chicago Hope" on CBS was a close second with 15 nominations. ABC's "NYPD Blue," last year's winner for outstanding drama, followed with 11.

The three series will compete for outstanding drama again this year, joined, as usual, by five-time nominee "Law & Order" from NBC. The fifth nomination went to Fox's previously overlooked science-fiction standout "The X-Files."

Four best-actor nominees in the drama category are repeats from last year: Anthony Edwards and George Clooney of "ER," and Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits of "NYPD Blue."

They are joined by Andre Braugher of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street." After going without a nomination last year, this time out Braugher has two; he was nominated for outstanding supporting actor in HBO's "Tuskegee Airmen" special.

New to the list of nominees for outstanding actress in a drama is Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files."

Anderson will compete against two-time winner Kathy Baker of CBS' canceled "Picket Fences," along with Christine Lahti of "Chicago Hope," Sherry Stringfield of "ER" and 16-time nominee Angela Lansbury of CBS; "Murder, She Wrote."

Among comedies, HBO's "Larry Sanders Show" led with 12 nominations, followed by NBC's "Seinfeld" with 11.

They will compete for outstanding comedy series with NBC's "Frasier," "Friends" and "Mad About You." "Frasier" won last year.

Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" was nominated as outstanding lead actor along with John Lithgow of NBC's freshman hit "3rd Rock From the Sun," Paul Reiser of "Mad About You," Jerry Seinfeld of "Seinfeld" and Garry Shandling of "Larry Sanders."

Grammer has won for the last two years.

Fran Dresher got her first outstanding-actress nomination for CBS' "The Nanny." Also nominated were Cybill Shepherd of CBS' "Cybill," Ellen DeGeneres of ABC's "Ellen," Patricia Richardson of ABC's "Home Improvement" and Helen Hunt of NBC's "Mad About You."

The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and will be broadcast live by ABC, part of a rotation deal the academy struck with the four broadcast networks.

Here's the list of nominees:

DRAMA SERIES: "Chicago Hope," CBS; "ER," NBC; "Law & Order," NBC; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "The X-Files," Fox.

COMEDY SERIES: "Frasier," NBC; "Friends," NBC; "The Larry Sanders Show," HBO; "Mad About You," NBC; "Seinfeld," NBC.

MINISERIES: "Andersonville," TNT; "Gulliver's Travels," NBC; "Hiroshima," Showtime; "Moses," TNT; "Pride & Prejudice," A&E.

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES: "Dennis Miller Live," HBO; "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS; "Muppets Tonight," ABC; "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher," HBO; "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC.

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL: "The 68th Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "The Best of Tracey Takes On . …

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