HBO, Shandling make mark with Emmy nods TURNED ON IN L.A. -- Fall Preview

July 23, 1993|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Television Critic

LOS ANGELES -- CBS and "Northern Exposure" received the most nominations.

"Cheers" received enough nominations to possibly become the most celebrated TV show in history on Emmy night.

But HBO and Garry Shandling made the biggest noise with the announcement yesterday of the 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

HBO set a record for a non-broadcast network with its 55 nominations, more than doubling its previous record of 26 nominations and tying with ABC. The feat marks a new parity between cable and network TV.

HBO's "Citizen Cohn," a docudrama about controversial attorney Roy Cohn, was the second-most honored of any TV show with 11 nominations. HBO's "Stalin," starring Robert Duvall as Joseph Stalin, finished third with 10, while "Barbarians at the Gate," a docudrama about the RJR Nabisco takeover, received nine.

In fact, HBO so swamped the networks in original movies that four of the five nominees in the category of Made for Television Movie came from the pay cable channel. The fourth nominee is "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleading -- Murdering Mom," with Holly Hunter.

The biggest coup for HBO, though, was the eight nominations for Shandling and "The Larry Sanders Show."

Shandling was nominated for best actor in a comedy series. "The Larry Sanders Show," his satire of late-night talk shows, was nominated as best comedy series. And Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor were nominated in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.

It is the first time that a cable show and artists have cracked the major awards categories.

In terms of network series, the top nominees were "Northern Exposure," which matched the 16 nominations it received last year, and "Seinfeld," which earned 11 nominations.

NBC's "Cheers" received eight nominations. It had already received more nominations than any show in history.

If it wins four Emmys on Emmy night, it will become the most celebrated show in TV history, surpassing the 29 Emmys for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Individual honorees from "Cheers" included Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley, who were nominated for best actor and actress in a comedy series.

As for those who were passed over, the headliners are "The Simpsons" and "Roseanne."

After three year's of controversy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences relented and changed the rules so that "The Simpsons" could be nominated in the Comedy Series category although its characters are animated. "The Simpsons," though, failed to make it and wound up with only two minor technical nominations.

"Roseanne" also failed to earn a nomination in the Comedy Series category. But Roseanne Arnold and Dan Goodman were nominated in the categories of Lead Actress and Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

The 45th Emmy awards ceremony, which moves to ABC from Fox TV under a new four-year contract, will be broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sept. 19. Technical trophies will be awarded Sept. 18 in a non-televised ceremony.

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