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29th Primetime Emmy Awards

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29th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateSeptember 11, 1977
LocationPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byAngie Dickinson
Robert Blake
Most awardsRoots (6)
Most nominationsRoots (21)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesThe Mary Tyler Moore Show
Outstanding Drama SeriesUpstairs, Downstairs
Outstanding Limited SeriesRoots
Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music SeriesVan Dyke and Company
Television/radio coverage

The 29th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 11, 1977. The ceremony was broadcast on NBC. It was hosted by Angie Dickinson and Robert Blake.

The top shows of the night were Mary Tyler Moore, which, in its final season, won its third consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series Award, it also became the first comedy series to gain eleven major nominations (since broken). Upstairs, Downstairs, also in its final season, won its third Outstanding Drama Series Award in four years (it competed as a miniseries in 1976, and won that category too). But the overwhelming champion of the ceremony was the miniseries Roots.

Roots set several milestones and broke multiple records during the night. It became the first show to receive at least twenty major nominations (21). Adding its nominations in Creative Arts categories, its total expands to 37. Both records still stand for all shows. It was the first show to gain every nomination in an acting category. Its thirteen acting nominations tied the record set the previous year by Rich Man, Poor Man, however all of Roots' nominations came in the miniseries category, while Rich Man, Poor Man had nominations cross over into the drama series field. Roots became the first miniseries, and second show overall, along with All in the Family in 1972, to win six of seven major categories. All but one of Roots' eight episodes were nominated for major awards (Part VII).

Other distinctions included Mary Kay Place winning a Major Acting award for a TV show (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) that had no major network, only broadcast in Syndication - the first time this rare feat has occurred. Also, with actress Rita Moreno's win for her guest appearance on The Muppet Show, she became the third person after Richard Rodgers and Helen Hayes to achieve all four major entertainment awards (EGOT).

With this ceremony, the Primetime Emmys began a long residency at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium that would continue until 1997.

Winners and nominees



Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music
  • The Barry Manilow Special, (ABC)
    • Neil Diamond: Love at the Greek, (NBC)
    • The Shirley MacLaine Special: Where Do We Go from Here?, (CBS)
    • Sills and Burnett at the Met, (CBS)
    • World of Magic, (NBC)
Outstanding Special - Drama or Comedy Outstanding Limited Series


Lead performances

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series

Supporting performances

Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special

Single performances

Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
  • Beulah Bondi as Aunt Martha Corinne Walton on The Waltons, (Episode: "The Pony Cart"), (CBS)
    • Susan Blakely as Julie Prescott on Rich Man, Poor Man-Book II, (Episode: "Chapter 1"), (ABC)
    • Madge Sinclair as Bell Reynolds on Roots, (Episode: "Part IV"), (ABC)
    • Leslie Uggams as Kizzy Reynolds on Roots, (Episode: "Part VI"), (ABC)
    • Jessica Walter as Maggie Jarris / Mrs. Reston / Mrs. McCluskey on The Streets of San Francisco, (Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"), (ABC)
Outstanding Single Performance
 by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
Outstanding Single Performance
 by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series
  • Edward Asner as Capt. Davies on Roots, (Episode: "Part I"), (ABC)
    • Charles Durning as Billy Rice on Captains and the Kings, (Episode: "Chapter 2"), (NBC)
    • Moses Gunn as Kintango on Roots, (Episode: "Part I"), (ABC)
    • Robert Reed as Dr. William Reynolds on Roots, (Episode: "Part V"), (ABC)
    • Ralph Waite as Third mate Slater on Roots, (Episode: "Part I"), (ABC)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
  • Ernest Kinoy, William Blinn for Roots, (Episode: "Part II"), (ABC)
    • M. Charles Cohen, for Roots, (Episode: "Part VIII"), (ABC)
    • Roger O. Hirson for The Adams Chronicles, (Episode: "Charles Francis Adams: Minister to Great Britain"), (PBS)
    • James Lee for Roots, (Episode: Part V"), (ABC)
    • Tad Mosel for The Adams Chronicles, (Episode: "John Quincy Adams: President"), (PBS)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series
  • America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music, (CBS)
  • NBC's Saturday Night, (NBC)
    • The Carol Burnett Show, (CBS)
    • The Muppet Show, (Syndicated)
    • NBC's Saturday Night, (NBC)
    • Van Dyke and Company, (NBC)
Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Adaptation

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • ABC – 59
  • CBS / NBC – 48
  • PBS – 14
By program
  • Roots (ABC) – 21
  • Mary Tyler Moore (CBS) – 11
  • M*A*S*H (CBS) – 9
  • Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (ABC) – 8
  • Family (ABC) / Raid on Entebbe (NBC) – 6

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • ABC – 13
  • CBS – 11
  • NBC – 9
  • PBS – 2
By program
  • Roots (ABC) – 6
  • Sybil (NBC) – 3
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


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