“ER” has leap-frogged over “MASH” as the second-most nominated program in Emmy history — and is now poised to snag the title next year from classic laffer “Cheers.”
Having landed four more noms Thursday, “ER’s” total tally now stands at 112 — just five less than all-time leader “Cheers” (117) but pushing it ahead “MASH” (109). “It’s gratifying, after all these years,” exec producer John Wells said. “ER” enters its 11th season this fall.
Alas, in its final year of Emmy eligibility, “Frasier” wound up just two noms shy of beating “MASH” as the third-most nominated program in TV history. Including this year’s noms, “Frasier’s” total noms stand at 107.
“Frasier” can take solace, though: The show already holds the most Emmys won by a series, at 31 (compared to a second-place 29 wins for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”).
Meanwhile, should “The Simpsons” score an award this year for best animated program — a real possibility — producer James L. Brooks will enter the history books as the new King of the Emmys. Brooks is currently tied with producer/director Dwight Hemion for winning 18 Emmys, the most of any individual in the kudofest’s history.
Other quirks and trivia from this year’s nomination roster:
- Syndication scored just one nomination this year — but that’s up from last year’s tally. The one syndie nom didn’t come from a series, but from the 2003 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, which earned a notice for outstanding choreography.
- The gamble didn’t pay off for “King of the Hill,” which eschewed the animation field this year and instead entered itself for consideration in the mainstream comedy categories. Alas, “King” didn’t score a comedy nom — and isn’t repped in the animation categories. The show’s staff hope they’ve paved the way for another run in the live-action categories next year.
- Once wasn’t enough for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Both shows posted nominations in their regular categories, but also received notice for one-off specials. “Queer Eye,” nommed for best reality program, also scored a nom for “A Very Queer Eye Holiday.” And “Late Night,” which scored three nods, also landed a separate one for its 10th anniversary special.
- Gone, but not forgotten: Some good news for Whoopi Goldberg, who was just dumped as a spokeswoman for Slim-Fast: Her short-lived sitcom “Whoopi” managed to earn a nom, albeit for outstanding art direction.
- And Fox’s “Futurama” landed two noms, including best animated program, despite leaving the airwaves five years ago. Actually, enough original episodes of the previous Emmy winner aired last summer to make it eligible this year.
- CBS’ loss were other nets’ gains: Eye might have had a dog in both the movies and minis categories, had it hung on to “The Reagans” and “American Family,” two projects originally developed at the net.
Instead, Showtime received credit for “The Reagans'” seven noms, including best made for TV movie, while PBS’ “American Family: Journey of Dreams” — based on the series “American Family,” originally set up at CBS — landed three, including best mini.
PBS just squeaked those noms in: The pubcaster hastily scheduled a five-episode mini-marathon in May so that the show would be eligible for consideration.