Fast Emmy Facts

  • “ER’s” nine nominations bring the medical drama’s career total to 93, five fewer than the third most nominated series in Emmy history: “Hill Street Blues” (98 nominations). “Cheers” (117 bids) remains comfortably atop the nom heap; “MASH” is a close second with 109.

  • No series, drama or comedy has ever swept the four acting categories in a single year. The closest: “All in the Family,” which won actor, actress and supporting actress awards in 1972.

  • Art Carney won five awards playing Ed Norton on two different shows (“The Honeymooners” and “The Jackie Gleason Show”); Ed Asner also took five awards for his roles as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Lou Grant.”

  • “NYPD Blue” star Dennis Franz, who has snared four Emmys for playing Andy Sipowicz, has the opportunity to tie the record for most awards for playing a single character on one series. If he wins in September, Franz would join Don Knotts (“The Andy Griffith Show”) and Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) in the record book.

  • While “The West Wing’s” Bradley Whitford, husband of comedy actress nominee Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), didn’t join his spouse on the Emmy short list, another married couple did snag matching noms: Michael J. Fox (“Spin City”) and Tracey Pollan, tapped for her guest shot on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

  • “Law & Order’s” ninth consecutive best drama nomination is a record for drama series (though the show has won the Emmy only once, in 1997). The comedy series record is still held by “Cheers” with a streak of 11 best series nominations from 1983 to 1993.

  • Cable webs’ total of 138 nominations falls one short of the field’s record in 1998. HBO’s 86 noms fall four short of the cabler’s all-time record of 90 that same year.

  • While “The West Wing’s” Bradley Whitford, husband of comedy actress nominee Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), didn’t join his spouse on the Emmy short list, another married couple did snag matching noms: Michael J. Fox (“Spin City”) and Tracey Pollan, tapped for her guest shot on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

  • With 18 nominations, frosh drama “West Wing” has a healthy chance at matching or topping the record for the most first-year Emmys. Currently, “ER” (in 1995) and “Hill Street Blues” (in 1981) share that distinction with eight statuettes apiece.

  • “Wing’s” nomination total falls eight shy of the first-season record set in 1994 by “NYPD Blue” (26 bids). This also reps the most nominations for a series in a single season.

  • Tyne Daly, a nominee for “Judging Amy,” could up her total award count to six with a win, bringing her just one award behind the all-time Emmy-winning thesp, Mary Tyler Moore.

  • Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce received their seventh consecutive nominations for “Frasier”; their streaks are the longest running among thesps.

  • “The Simpsons” earned its ninth nomination for animated program, one hour or less. It has won six times.

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