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40th Primetime Emmy Awards

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40th Primetime Emmy Awards
Date
  • August 28, 1988
    (Ceremony)
  • August 27, 1988
    (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented by Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted by John Forsythe
Television/radio coverage
Network Fox
Produced by Lorne Michaels

The 40th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, August 28, 1988. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The ceremony was pushed back from its newly established September date because of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Cable stations HBO and Showtime received their first major nominations at this ceremony.

Despite a season that consisted of only six episodes, newcomer series The Wonder Years won Outstanding Comedy Series. After winning his fourth consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, John Larroquette requested to have his name taken off of the ballot for future ceremonies. Frank's Place became the most recent show whose only season was nominated for Outstanding Comedy/Drama Series.

In the drama field L.A. Law came into the ceremony as the defending champ and with 15 major nominations, (second most ever by a drama series at that time), it was seen as the heavy favorite. However, it was upset by another first season show, thirtysomething which won four major awards on the night including Outstanding Drama Series, L.A. Law only won one major award. The duo of Cagney & Lacey won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the sixth consecutive year, this tied The Mary Tyler Moore Show's record for acting categories, which still stands, (it stood for all categories until The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won ten consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series). With the wins for Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls became the most recent show to have all of its cast members win Emmys. It became the second series to do so, following All in the Family. Two other programs would accomplish this feat: Will & Grace in 2003, and The Simpsons in 2014.

There was controversy during the nomination process regarding the PBS series Rumpole of the Bailey. The series was initially placed in the miniseries field, but soon after the Academy disqualified it and placed it in the drama series field. Its slot in the miniseries category was filled by The Bourne Identity.[1]

Winners and nominees

[2]

Programs

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special
Outstanding Miniseries

Acting

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 Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

Supporting performances

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Patricia Wettig as Nancy Krieger Weston on thirtysomething (Episode: "Therapy"), (ABC)
    • Bonnie Bartlett as Ellen Craig on St. Elsewhere (Episode: "Their Town"), (NBC)
    • Polly Draper as Ellyn Warren on thirtysomething (Episode: "Nice Work If You Can Get It"), (ABC)
    • Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on St. Elsewhere (Episode: "Down and Out of Beacon Hill"), (NBC)
    • Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law (Episode: "Leaping Lizards"), (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
  • John Shea as Bill Stern on Baby M, (ABC)
    • Dabney Coleman as Gary Skoloff on Baby M, (ABC)
    • Anthony Quinn as Socrates Onassis on Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, (ABC)
    • Ron Silver as Ron Levin on Billionaire Boys Club, (NBC)
    • Bruce Weitz as Rick Whitehead on Baby M, (ABC)

Guest performances

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Directing

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
  • Gregory Hoblit, for Hooperman (Episode: "Pilot"), (ABC)
    • James Burrows for Cheers (Episode: "Backseat Becky, Up Front"), (NBC)
    • Terry Hughes for The Golden Girls (Episode: "Old Friends"), (NBC)
    • Alan Rafkin for It's Garry Shandling's Show (Episode: "No Baby, No Show"), (Showtime)
    • Jay Tarses, for The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (Episode: "Here Comes That Cold Wind Off the River"), (NBC)
Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special

Writing

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special
  • The World According to Me - Jackie Mason, (HBO)
    • Late Night with David Letterman (Episode: "6th Anniversary Special"), (NBC)
    • The Tracey Ullman Show (Episode: "Ginny Redux"), (Fox)
    • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Episode: "20th Anniversary Reunion") (CBS)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 69
  • CBS – 32
  • ABC – 24
By program
  • L.A. Law (NBC) – 15
  • Cheers (NBC) – 9
  • The Golden Girls (NBC) / St. Elsewhere (NBC) – 8
  • Baby M (ABC) / thirtysomething (ABC) – 6

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 11
  • ABC – 8
  • CBS – 6
By program
  • thirtysomething (ABC) – 4
  • Frank's Place (CBS) / The Golden Girls (NBC) / Inherit the Wind (NBC) – 2
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

References

External links

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