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49th Primetime Emmy Awards

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49th Primetime Emmy Awards
  • September 14, 1997
  • September 7, 1997
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byBryant Gumbel
Most awardsNYPD Blue (4)
Most nominationsER (14)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesFrasier
Outstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order
Outstanding MiniseriesPrime Suspect V: Errors of Judgement
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesTracey Takes On...
Television/radio coverage
Produced byDarnette Herman
Michael Seligman

The 49th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California in 1997. They were presented in two ceremonies hosted by Bryant Gumbel, one on Saturday, September 13 and another on Sunday, September 14. The September 14th ceremony was televised on CBS.

Frasier became the first series to win Outstanding Comedy Series four consecutive years, it joined Hill Street Blues which won Outstanding Drama Series four straight years a decade earlier. For the first time since 1979, James Burrows did not receive a Directing nomination, ending his run at 17 consecutive years. Beginning the following year, Burrows would begin a new streak that lasted another six years. In the drama field perennial nominee Law & Order won for its seventh season, the first time a show had won for this specific season. In winning Law & Order became the first drama series that did not have serialized story arcs[note 1] since Hill Street Blues perfected the formula. Law & Order remains the only non-serialized winner since 1981.

For the first time, not only did the Fox Network win the Lead Actress, Drama award, with Gillian Anderson, for The X-Files, but hers was also the network's first win in any of the Major Acting categories. (Laurence Fishburne and Peter Boyle won for Fox in only guest performances. The latter of which was for The X-Files just the year before.)

This ceremony marked the end of a 20-year residency for the Primetime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium dating back to the 29th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1977 ceremony.

This is the most recent year in which the Big Four Networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) took home the top 14 Emmys (Comedy and Drama Series, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress in Comedy and Drama, and Directing and Writing for Comedy and Drama).

The Larry Sanders Show had 16 nominations and zero wins, tying the record with Northern Exposure in 1993 and becoming the first (and only to date) comedy series to set the record. These records with later be broken by Mad Men in 2012 with 17 nominations and without a single win and The Handmaid's Tale in 2021 with 21 nominations and without a single win.

Winners and nominees



Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Outstanding Made for Television Movie Outstanding Miniseries


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
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

Guest performances

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Mel Brooks as Uncle Phil on Mad About You (Episode: "The Penis"), (NBC)
    • Sid Caesar as Harold on Mad About You (Episode: "Citizen Buchman"), (NBC)
    • David Duchovny as Himself on The Larry Sanders Show (Episode: "Everybody Loves Larry"), (HBO)
    • James Earl Jones as Norman on Frasier (Episode: "Roz's Krantz and Gouldenstein are Dead"), (NBC)
    • Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, (NBC)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series


Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special
  • Chris Rock: Bring the Pain, (HBO)
    • Dennis Miller Live, (HBO)
    • Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Episode: "3rd Anniversary Special"), (NBC)
    • Late Show with David Letterman, (CBS)
    • Politically Incorrect, (Comedy Central)
    • Tracey Takes On... (Episode: "Vegas"), (HBO)

Most major nominations

By network [note 2]
  • NBC – 50
  • HBO – 41
  • CBS – 21
  • ABC – 19
By program
  • ER (NBC) – 14
  • The Larry Sanders Show (HBO) – 12
  • NYPD Blue (ABC) – 8
  • Seinfeld (NBC) – 7
  • Chicago Hope (CBS) / Frasier (NBC) / Mad About You (NBC) / Miss Evers' Boys (HBO) – 6

Most major awards

By network [note 2]
  • NBC – 11
  • HBO – 7
  • ABC – 6
  • CBS – 2
  • PBS – 2
By program
  • NYPD Blue (ABC) – 4
  1. ^ Saying Law & Order had no serialized arcs is potentially misleading. It's true that Law & Order is at its core a procedural, with only very lightly-serialized elements as a general rule. However, in its Emmy-winning season, the show had a three-episode arc—"D-Girl", "Turnaround", and "Showtime"—concerning a high-profile murder case. In addition, the episode "Entrapment" was a sequel to season 3's "Conspiracy" .
  2. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


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