Not making the Emmy cut

July 31, 2000|By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

Some of television's most notable talents have come up dry on Emmy night: Gracie Allen, Buddy Ebsen, Arthur Godfrey, Jack Paar, Peter Graves, Ozzie Nelson and Martin Landau.

"The Ed Sullivan Show" was named best variety series in 1955, but Sullivan himself never won.

Jackie Gleason and Andy Griffith were consistently passed over, although their comedic sidekicks, Art Carney with Gleason's "The Honeymooners" and Don Knotts with Griffith's self-titled series, won five Emmys apiece.

"Roseanne" was never nominated as best comedy during its nine-year run, and it wasn't until recently that Emmy voters found the charming CBS series "Everybody Loves Raymond" worthy.

But when John Larroquette kept winning for "Night Court," Candace Bergen for "Murphy Brown" or Bill Cosby for "Cosby," it became so ridiculous Cosby yanked his name from consideration.

The fact that "Homicide: Life on the Street" continually failed to make the cut (Andre Braugher finally got the nod for Best Actor in a Drama Series) and such safe, familiar, standard dramas as "Chicago Hope" did, was indicative of Emmy voters' thinking.

The 52nd annual Emmy Awards will be given out Sept. 6. What follows are more classic snubs from previous years:

Kyle Secor, "Homicide": Never nominated, which is astounding considering that he probably had the most involved development of any character on TV during his final three seasons.

Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell and "Party of Five": Fox's reputation as a tasteless, opportunistic network usually kills the chances of any series that it airs.

"Roseanne": Perhaps the most noticeable snub, "Roseanne" achieved a rare feat by being highly regarded by critics and viewers. The comedy series spent most of its existence in the top 10, two of those years as the country's No. 1 program. In nine years, it never received an Emmy nomination.

Angela Lansbury, "Murder She Wrote": Lansbury may have been hailed four times for her work on Broadway, but she's racked up 16 Emmy losses for a series voters found too weak dramatically.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": It doesn't matter that "Buffy" is well-written and well-crafted, it skews young and appears to be outside the range of Emmy voters.

"Drew Carey": For one or two years, this was one of the best five sitcoms on the air. But Carey is much like Roseanne: too blue-collar for typical Emmy tastes.

Jane Leeves, "Frasier": Playing the love interest of David Hyde Pierce's Niles on the hit sitcom has probably kept voters from taking her seriously as a stand-alone for supporting actress.

Patrick Stewart, "Star Trek: Next Generation": Stewart often seemed overqualified for this role, but Emmy's oversight wasn't about his performance - it was his show they didn't respect.

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