HBO’s 94 noms is the most ever for the pay cabler; and for the first time, a cabler led all the broadcast nets. NBC was second with 76.
Dennis Franz received his eighth nom for his role on “NYPD Blue.” He has won three times for the role of Detective Andy Sipowicz.
“Malcolm in the Middle” nearly doubled its noms from last year, going from five to nine.
Former “White Shadow” thesp Timothy Van Patten received noms in two separate categories: one for writing and one for directing “The Sopranos.”
“Frasier” received its eighth consecutive nom for comedy series. The show, which received 11 nominations, is closing in on the all-time number of Emmy wins. The NBC laffer has 24, five behind “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which has 29.
Kelsey Grammer received his 11th acting nomination. He was twice nominated for “Cheers” and once for “Wings.”
With a win, Judi Dench can add an Emmy to her trophy case that already holds an Oscar (“Shakespeare in Love”), Golden Globe (“Mrs. Brown”) and a Tony (“Amy’s View”). Dench is nominated for her role in HBO’s “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells,” for which she also won a Golden Globe.
“ER” became the most nominated drama in Emmy history with 100 total noms, seven coming this year. It surpassed “Hill Street Blues,” which accumulated 98. No. 1 on the all-time list is comedy “Cheers” with 117.
“Law & Order” has been nominated 10 consecutive years for drama series. Only two series have been nominated 11 straight years: “MASH” and “Cheers.”
Director James Burrows received his 34th nom (“Will & Grace”). He has won five times for helming comedies.
Andre Braugher’s first Emmy for “Homicide: Life on the Street” was awarded to him after he announced he was leaving the NBC series. “Gideon’s Crossing,” for which he was nominated this year, has been canceled by ABC.
All three David E. Kelley shows (“The Practice,” “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Public”) had a guest actor/actress nom.
With noms for Michael Emerson and Rene Auberjonois, “The Practice” has had a guest actor/actress nomination nine times.
Musical specials from Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, both Oscar winners, received six noms apiece. Springsteen won for best song (“Philadelphia” (1993)), and Streisand for actress (“Funny Girl” (1968)) and song (“A Star Is Born” (1976)).
The 22 nominations for “The Sopranos” ties the series for third place for most noms in one year. “NYPD Blue” had 26 in 1994; “ER” had 23 in 1995 and 22 in 1997.
Real-life couple Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) each received noms. The last husband and wife to each take home Emmys were William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett for “St. Elsewhere” in 1986.