Small-screen records ready to be broken
Will they finally get the last laugh? Three stars of departing comedy series are the only principal cast members who’ve never been nominated: Courteney Cox Arquette (“Friends”), Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”) and Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”).
- No “Sex and the City” star has won yet for acting. Sarah Jessica Parker, four-time Golden Globe champ, has lost five Emmy acting bids.
- With 15 losses and no wins, Angela Lansbury is looking to break the streak this year. She might finally prevail if nominated for her role as an Irish woman who discovers that her grandson is gay and dying of AIDS in the telepic “The Blackwater Lightship.”
- Cloris Leachman’s eight Emmys are the most awards among actors (seven in primetime, one in daytime) and she could be nominated again for a role that earned her gold in 2002 as Ida, the monstrous grandma, in “Malcolm in the Middle.”
- Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner are in second place with seven each. Asner has a shot at hiking his tally if he prevails for his guest role on “The Practice.” Six-time champ Tyne Daly could tie with Moore if she wins again for “Judging Amy,” as she did last year.
- Frasier Crane is the only TV character nominated for three TV series (“Frasier,” “Cheers,” “Wings”). Many other actors have earned nominations and wins when their characters appears in two series, including Ed Asner (Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant”) and Art Carney (Ed Norton on “The Honeymooners” and “The Jackie Gleason Show”).
- Ray Romano and Brad Garrett join Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce as the only actors to receive Emmys for playing brothers on primetime.
- Grammer is the seventh actor from a spinoff series to win an Emmy in a lead category. The others were Ed Asner (“Lou Grant”), Valerie Harper (“Rhoda”), Beatrice Arthur (“Maude”), Isabel Sanford (“The Jeffersons”), Richard Mulligan (“Empty Nest”) and Robert Guillaume (“Benson”).
- “Angels in America” could become the only miniseries to win all four acting slots. “Roots” won three of the four acting races in 1977, losing only lead actress despite nominations for Leslie Uggams and Madge Sinclair. “Angels” could also tie or break the record for most overall wins, which is held by “Roots” with nine.
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