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11th Primetime Emmy Awards

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11th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMay 6, 1959
LocationMoulin Rouge Nightclub, Hollywood, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byRaymond Burr
Most awardsAn Evening with Fred Astaire (5)
Most nominationsPlayhouse 90 (9)
Best Comedy SeriesThe Jack Benny Show
Best Dramatic Series - Less Than One HourAlcoa-Goodyear Theatre
Best Dramatic Series - One Hour or LongerPlayhouse 90
Best Musical or Variety SeriesThe Dinah Shore Chevy Show
Best Special Dramatic Program - One Hour or MoreHallmark Hall of Fame: "Little Moon of Alban"
Television/radio coverage

The 11th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 11th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on May 6, 1959, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Hollywood, California. It was hosted by Raymond Burr. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

For the first time in Emmy history, all major categories were split into genre-specific fields, this would become standard for later ceremonies. The top show of the night was the NBC special, An Evening with Fred Astaire, it tied the record of five major wins. Father Knows Best also set a milestone, becoming the first show to be nominated in every major category (series, writing, directing, and the four major acting categories).

Winners and nominees



Best Comedy Series Best Dramatic Series Less than One Hour
Best Dramatic Series One Hour or Longer Best Musical or Variety Series
Best Public Service Program or Series Best Western Series
Best Panel, Quiz or Audience Participation Series Best Special Musical or Variety Program - One Hour or Longer
Most Outstanding Single Program of the Year Best Special Dramatic Program - One Hour or More
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame, (Episode: "Little Moon of Alban"), (NBC)


Lead performances

Best Performance by an Actor (Continuing Character)
in a Musical or Variety Series
Best Performance by an Actress (Continuing Character)
in a Musical or Variety Series
  • Dinah Shore as Herself on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, (NBC)
    • Patti Page as Herself on The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show, (ABC)
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series

Supporting performances

Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series Best Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series
Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series Best Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series

Single performances

Best Single Performance by an Actor Best Single Performance by an Actress
  • Fred Astaire as Himself on An Evening with Fred Astaire, (NBC)
    • Robert Crawford Jr. as Tanguy on Playhouse 90, (Episode: "Child of Our Time"), (CBS)
    • Paul Muni as Sam Arlen on Playhouse 90, (Episode: "Last Clear Chance"), (CBS)
    • Christopher Plummer as Kenneth Boyd on Hallmark Hall of Fame, (Episode: "Little Moon of Alban"), (NBC)
    • Mickey Rooney as Eddie on Alcoa Goodyear Theatre, (Episode: "Eddie"), (NBC)
    • Rod Steiger as Harvey Denton on Playhouse 90, (Episode: "A Town has Turned to Dust"), (CBS)


Best Direction of a Single Musical or Variety Program Best Direction of a Single Program of a Comedy Series
  • Peter Tewksbury for Father Knows Best, (Episode: "Medal for Margaret"), (CBS)
    • Hy Averback for The Real McCoys, (Episode: "Kate's Career"), (ABC)
    • Seymour Berns for The Jack Benny Program, (Episode: "Gary Cooper"), (CBS)
    • Richard Kinon for Mr. Adams and Eve, (Episode: "The Interview"), (CBS)
    • Sheldon Leonard for The Danny Thomas Show, (Episode: "Pardon My Accent"), (CBS)
Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series Less Than One Hour Best Direction of a Single Dramatic Program - One Hour or Longer


Best Writing of a Single Musical or Variety Program Best Writing of a Single Program of a Comedy Series
  • George Balzer, Hal Goldman, Sam Perrin, Al Gordon for The Jack Benny Show, (CBS)
    • Paul Henning, Dick Wesson, for The Bob Cummings Show, (Episode: "Grandpa Clobbers the Air Force"), (NBC)
    • Roswell Rogers for Father Knows Best, (Episode: "Medal for Margaret"), (CBS)
    • Billy Friedberg, Arnie Rosen, Coleman Jacoby for The Phil Silvers Show, (Episode: "Bilko's Vampire"), (CBS)
    • Bill Manhoff for The Real McCoys, (Episode: "Once There Was a Traveling Salesman"), (ABC)
Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series Less Than One Hour Best Writing of a Single Dramatic Program One Hour or Longer
  • Alfred Brenner, Ken Hughes, for Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre, (Episode: "Eddie"), (NBC)
    • Blake Edwards for Peter Gunn, (Episode: "The Kill"), (NBC)
    • Roald Dahl for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, (Episode: "Lamb to the Slaughter"), (CBS)
    • Christopher Knopf for Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre, (Episode: "The Loudmouth"), (NBC)
    • Samuel A. Taylor for General Electric Theatre, (Episode: "One is a Wanderer"), (CBS)
  • James Costigan, for Hallmark Hall of Fame, (Episode: "Little Moon of Alban"), (NBC)
    • Horton Foote for Playhouse 90, (Episode: Old Man"), (CBS)
    • J.P. Miller for Playhouse 90, (Episode: "Days of Wine and Roses"), (CBS)
    • Irving G. Neiman for Playhouse 90, (Episode: "Child of Our Time"), (CBS)
    • Rod Serling for Playhouse 90, (Episode: "A Town has Turned to Dust"), (CBS)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • CBS – 69
  • NBC – 57
  • ABC – 16
By program
  • Playhouse 90 (CBS) – 9
  • Father Knows Best (NBC) / Peter Gunn (NBC) – 7
  • Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre (NBC) / The Bob Cummings Show (NBC) / An Evening with Fred Astaire (NBC)
    Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC) / The Phil Silvers Show (CBS) / The Real McCoys (ABC) – 5
  • General Electric Theatre (CBS) / Gunsmoke (CBS) / The Jack Benny Show (CBS) / The Steve Allen Show (NBC) – 4

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 19
  • CBS – 10
  • ABC – 1
By program
  • An Evening with Fred Astaire (NBC) – 5
  • Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre (NBC) / Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC) / The Jack Benny Show (CBS) – 3
  • The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (NBC) / Father Knows Best (CBS) / Perry Mason (CBS) – 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


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