NBC: Best chance to win Emmys: It collects no top drama nomination, but 'Homicide' achieves a personal best with six and adds to its network's total of 86.

July 24, 1998|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC

PASADENA, Calif. -- "Homicide: Life on the Street" still didn't get what many consider its due, but the classy cop drama from Baltimore had its best year in terms of Emmy Award nominations, announced yesterday.

"Homicide" was not nominated as Outstanding Drama, but it did pick up six Emmy nominations. That's two more than it earned in 1993, its previous high mark. The series wound up winning its only two Emmys that year.

This year's nominations went to James Yoshimura for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the episode "The Subway" and to Andre Braugher for Outstanding Acting in a Drama Series.

Lou Digiaimo, Pat Moran and Brett Goldstein combined for another nomination in Outstanding Casting for a Series.

The other three nominations were for guest stars on "Homicide." Charles Durning and Vincent D'Onofrio were nominated as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, while Alfre Woodard was nominated as Outstanding Guest Actress.

The six nominations for "Homicide" helped NBC pile up 86, the most by any network or cable channel. HBO was second with 72, followed by ABC with 54, CBS 36 and Fox at 35.

HBO's "From The Earth To The Moon," produced by Tom Hanks, led all programs with 17 nominations.

Among dramas, Fox's "The X-Files" and NBC's "ER" each had 16 nominations, while ABC's "NYPD Blue" had 10.

Those three series, plus NBC's "Law & Order" and ABC's "The Practice," were the nominees as Outstanding Drama Series.

NBC's "Frasier" topped the field in comedy with 11 nominations, followed by Fox's "Ally McBeal" and HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" with 10 each.

Those three series plus NBC's "Seinfeld" and "3rd Rock from the Sun" are the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Earlier in the week, executive producer Tom Fontana said he didn't expect "Homicide" to be nominated in the Outstanding Drama category.

"I think we're out of the loop. We're 3,000 miles away from the cocktail parties and events that everybody attends," he said.

"I also think that 'Homicide' has never been an easily accessible show. So, I think that's part of the problem. I mean, we're not a warm and cuddly show."

The winners will be announced Sept. 13 on NBC.

Top nominees

Here are the top Emmy nominations announced yesterday. For more nominations, see page 4E.

Drama series: "ER," NBC; "Law & Order," NBC; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "The Practice," ABC; "The X-Files," Fox

Comedy series: "Ally McBeal," Fox; "Frasier," NBC; "The Larry Sanders Show," HBO; "Seinfeld," NBC; "3rd Rock From The Sun," NBC

Actor, drama series: Andre Braugher, "Homicide: Life on the Street," NBC; David Duchovny, "The X-Files," Fox; Anthony Edwards, "ER," NBC; Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue," ABC; Jimmy Smits, "NYPD Blue," ABC

Actress, drama series: Gillian Anderson, "The X-Files," Fox; Roma Downey, "Touched By An Angel," CBS; Christine Lahti, "Chicago Hope," CBS; Julianna Margulies, "ER," NBC; Jane Seymour, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," CBS

Pub Date: 7/24/98

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