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Gutsy 'NYPD Blue' cops 26 Emmy nominations, a record for drama series

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Los Angeles -- "NYPD Blue" set a new record for Emmy nominations by a drama series yesterday with 26. It was the television industry's way of celebrating a show for taking risks in what many here refer to as The Year of Living Cautiously in network TV.

A year ago, "NYPD Blue" was under one of the most ferocious pre-debut assaults in the history of TV as a result of sex, violence and harsh language in the pilot. Producer Steven Bochco met with critics and admitted that the fight was wearing him down. ABC admitted it was forced to sell ads for the show at giveaway rates because of the controversy.

Yesterday, virtually everyone connected with the show was rewarded with a nomination.

The major ones included: Best Drama Series; Dennis Franz and David Caruso for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; Gordon Clapp and Nick Turturro for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; and Gail O'Grady, Sharon Lawrence and Amy Brenneman for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

In the category of Best Writing for a Drama Series, "NYPD" took all five nominations.

The 26 nominations was Bochco topping himself.

The previous record for a drama series was held by his "Hill Street Blues," with 21 during the 1981-1982 season. (The all-time record in nominations is held by the mini-series "Roots," which received 37 in the 1976-1977 season.)

"NYPD Blue" accounted for more than one-third of all nominations for ABC, which finished second among all networks. The leaders were: CBS, 91; ABC, 73; NBC, 66; HBO, 34; and PBS, 25.

One of the victims of the triumph by "NYPD Blue" appears to be NBC's "Homicide -- Life on the Streets," the Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana drama about homicide detectives in Baltimore.

"Homicide" received only one nomination. Last year, "Homicide" got four nominations and wound up winning two Emmys. This year's nomination is for Robin Williams as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. In the episode titled "Bop Gun," Williams played a tourist from Iowa whose wife is murdered in downtown Baltimore.

Part of the problem for "Homicide" is the fact many here think of it as the "other quality cop show." Because of the industry's desire to get behind "NYPD Blue" and send a message to its critics, every toss-up vote between "Homicide" and "NYPD Blue" went to Bochco & Co. The result was bad news for "Homicide," which is the kind of show NBC expects to win Emmys.

The big Emmy nomination recipients for NBC yesterday were "Seinfeld" with 12 and "Frasier" with 11. The performance by "Frasier" was impressive since it's a first-year show.

NBC is campaigning hard for "Frasier" and hoping for a big Emmy night for the series, which is being moved to Tuesdays to do battle with "Roseanne."

NBC had a big day overall in comedy -- it had four of the five nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in Kelsey Grammer, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser and John Larroquette. The fifth nominee is John Goodman from ABC's "Roseanne."

It also has three of the five nominees for Best Comedy in "Frasier," "Mad About You" and "Seinfeld." The other two nominees are ABC's "Home Improvement" and HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show."

The leader among regular series for CBS was again "Picket Fences," with 10 nominations. Last year, the series all but swept the drama category. "Gypsy," a made-for-TV movie with Bette Midler, was the most-nominated CBS show yesterday with 12. "Late Show With David Letterman" has seven nominations.

HBO's film "And The Band Played On" was the top cable nominee with 13. "Star Trek: the Next Generation" was the leader among syndicated shows with nine nominations.

The competition in several categories should make for considerable interest in this year's awards telecast.

Joanne Woodward, Bette Midler, Helen Mirren, Jessica Tandy and Kirstie Alley are competing for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special. James Garner, Michael Caine, Hume Cronyn, Matthew Modine and Sam Waterston are competing for Outstanding Lead Actor in the same category.

The Outstanding Miniseries category is packed: "Armistead Maupin's Tales of The City" (PBS), "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" (CBS), "Prime Suspect 3" (PBS), "Stephen King's The Stand" (ABC) and "World War II: When Lions Roared" (NBC).

And, going up against "NYPD Blue" as best drama series are: NBC's "Law & Order," CBS' "Picket Fences" and "Northern Exposure," and Paramount's syndicated series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

EMMY NOMINATIONS

Selected nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards announced yesterday:

Comedy Series: "Frasier," NBC; "Home Improvement," ABC; "The Larry Sanders Show," HBO; "Mad About You," NBC; "Seinfeld," NBC.

Drama Series: "Law & Order," NBC; "Northern Exposure," CBS; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "Picket Fences," CBS; "Star Trek: The Next Generation," syndicated.

Miniseries: "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," PBS; "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," CBS; "Mystery: Prime Suspect 3," PBS; "Stephen King's The Stand," ABC; "World War II: When Lions Roared," NBC.

Made-for-Television Movie: "And the Band Played On," HBO; "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Breathing Lessons," CBS; "Gypsy," CBS; "A Place for Annie," ABC; "Hallmark Hall of Fame: To Dance With the White Dog," CBS.

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "Dennis Miller Live," HBO; "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS; "MTV Unplugged," MTV; "Saturday Night Live," NBC; "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC.

Variety, Music or Comedy Special: "The 66th Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "Comic Relief VI," HBO; "The Kennedy Center Honors," CBS; "The Tony Awards," CBS; "Tracey Ullman -- Takes on New York," HBO.

Guest Actor, Comedy Series: Jason Alexander, "Dream On: Oral Sex, Lies and Videotapes," HBO; Paul Dooley, "Dream On: Pop Secret," HBO; John Glover, "Frasier: Oops," NBC; Martin Sheen, "Murphy Brown: Angst for the Memories," CBS; Judge Reinhold, "Seinfeld: The Raincoats," NBC.

Lead Actor, Comedy Series: Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier," NBC; John Larroquette, "The John Larroquette Show," NBC; Paul Reiser, "Mad About You," NBC; John Goodman, "Roseanne," ABC; Jerry Seinfeld, "Seinfeld," NBC.

Guest Actor, Drama Series: Robin Williams, "Homicide -- Life On the Street: Bop Gun," NBC; Dan Hedaya, "NYPD Blue: NYPD Lou," ABC; Richard Kiley, "Picket Fences: Buried Alive," CBS; James Earl Jones, "Picket Fences: System Down," CBS; Tim Curry, "Tales From the Crypt: Death of Some Salesman," HBO.

Lead Actor, Drama Series: Peter Falk, "Columbo," ABC; Michael Moriarty, "Law & Order," NBC; Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue," ABC; David Caruso, "NYPD Blue," ABC; Tom Skerritt, "Picket Fences," CBS.

Lead Actor, Miniseries or Special: Matthew Modine, "And the Band Played On," HBO; James Garner, "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Breathing Lessons," CBS; Sam Waterston, "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now," PBS; Hume Cronyn, "Hallmark Hall of Fame: To Dance With the White Dog," CBS; Michael Caine, "World War II: When Lions Roared, Part Two," NBC.

Guest Actress, Comedy Series: Diane Ladd, "Grace Under Fire: Things Left Undone," ABC; Eileen Heckart, "Love & War: You Make Me Feel So Young," CBS; Cyndi Lauper, "Mad About You: A Pair of Hearts," NBC; Marcia Wal-lace, "Murphy Brown: Anything But Cured,"

CBS; Marlee Matlin, "Seinfeld: The Lip Reader," NBC.

Lead Actress, Comedy Series: Patricia Richardson, "Home Improvement," ABC; Annie Potts, "Love & War," CBS; Helen Hunt, "Mad About You," NBC; Candice Bergen, "Murphy Brown," CBS; Roseanne Arnold, "Roseanne," ABC.

Guest Actress, Drama Series: Stockard Channing, "Avonlea: The Minister's Wife," Disney; Faye Dunaway, "Columbo: It's All in the Game," ABC; Laura Dern, "Fallen Angels: Murder, Obliquely," Showtime; Bonnie Bedelia, "Fallen Angels: The Quiet Room," Showtime; Penny Fuller, "NYPD Blue: Serge the Concierge," ABC; Marlee Matlin, "Picket Fences: Dancing Bandit," CBS.

Lead Actress, Drama Series: Jane Seymour, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," CBS; Angela Lansbury, "Murder, She Wrote," CBS; Kathy Baker, "Picket Fences," CBS; Sela Ward, "Sisters," NBC; Swoosie Kurtz, "Sisters," NBC.

Lead Actress, Miniseries or Special: Joanne Woodward, "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Breathing Lessons," CBS; Kirstie Alley, "David's Mother," CBS; Bette Midler, "Gypsy," CBS; Helen Mirren, "Mystery: Prime Suspect 3," PBS; Jessica Tandy, "Hallmark Hall of Fame: To Dance With the White Dog," CBS.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Jerry Van Dyke, "Coach," ABC; David Hyde Pierce, "Frasier," NBC; Rip Torn, "The Larry Sanders Show," HBO; Jason Alexander, "Seinfeld," NBC; Michael Richards, "Seinfeld," NBC.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Barry Corbin, "Northern Exposure," CBS; Nick Turturro, "NYPD Blue," ABC, Gordon Clapp, "NYPD Blue," ABC; Fyvush Finkel, "Picket Fences," CBS; Ray Walston, "Picket Fences," CBS.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Special: Richard Gere, "And the Band Played On," HBO; Ian McKellan "And the Band Played On," HBO; Alan Alda, "And the Band Played On," HBO; Michael Goorjian, "David's Mother," CBS; Matthew Broderick, "A Life in the Theatre," TNT.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Shelley Fabares, "Coach," ABC; Liz Torres, "The John Larroquette Show," NBC; Faith Ford, "Murphy Brown," CBS; Laurie Metcalf, "Roseanne," ABC; Sara Gilbert, "Roseanne," ABC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Seinfeld," NBC.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Jill Eikenberry, "L.A. Law," NBC; Gail O' Grady, "NYPD Blue," ABC; Sharon Lawrence, "NYPD Blue," ABC; Amy Brenneman, "NYPD Blue," ABC; Leigh Taylor-Young, "Picket Fences," CBS.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Special: Lily Tomlin, "And the Band Played On," HBO; Swoosie Kurtz, "And the Band Played On," HBO; Anne Bancroft, "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Parts One and Two," CBS; Cicely Tyson, "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Parts One and Two," CBS; Lee Purcell, "Secret Sins of the Father," NBC.

Individual Performance, Variety or Music Program: Whoopi Goldberg, "The 66th Annual Academy Awards," ABC; Lily Tomlin, "Growing Up Funny," Lifetime; Phil Hartman, "Saturday Night Live: Host: John Goodman," NBC; Mike Myers, "Saturday Night Live: Host: Heather Locklear," NBC; Tracey Ullman, "Tracey Ullman -- Takes on New York," HBO.

Art Direction, Series: "Frasier: A Midwinter Night's Dream," NBC; "NYPD Blue: Serge the Concierge," ABC; "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Thine Own Self," syndicated; "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Paris, 1919," ABC.

Art Direction, Miniseries or Special: "And the Band Played On," HBO; "Gypsy," CBS; "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Part One," CBS; "Stephen King's The Stand, Part Four," ABC; "Zelda," TNT.

Art Direction, Variety or Music Program: "The 66th Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "Late Show With David Letterman: Show No. 1," CBS; "American Playhouse -- Great Performances: Porgy and Bess," PBS; "The Tony Awards," CBS; "Wheel of Fortune: Wheel of Fortune in Miami," syndicated.

Costuming, Series: "Married . . . With Children: Take My Wife, Please," Fox; "Picket Fences: Dairy Queen," CBS.

Costume Design, Series: "House of Eliott: Episode No. 1," A&E; "A League of Their Own: Marathon," CBS; "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Crossover" syndicated; "Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things," syndicated; "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Paris, 1919," ABC.

Costume Design, Miniseries or Special: "Abraham, Part One," TNT; "Gypsy," CBS; "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now," PBS; "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Part One," CBS; "World War II:

When Lions Roared, Part Two," NBC.

Costume Design, Variety or Music Program: "Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories," NBC; "David Foster's Christmas Album," NBC; "In Living Color: No. 507," Fox; "American Playhouse -- Great Performances: Porgy and Bess," PBS; "Tracey Ullman -- Takes on New York," HBO.

Directing, Comedy Series: "Frasier: The Good Son," NBC; "The John Larroquette Show, Pilot," NBC; "The Larry Sanders Show: Life Behind Larry," HBO; "Mad About You: Paul is Dead," NBC; "Mad About You: Love Letters," NBC; "Seinfeld: The Mango," NBC.

Directing, Drama Series: "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pilot," ABC; "NYPD Blue: Tempest in a C-Cup," ABC; "NYPD Blue: True Confessions," ABC; "NYPD Blue: Guns 'N Rosaries," ABC; "NYPD Blue, Pilot," ABC.

Directing, Variety or Music Program: "The 66th Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "Late Show With David Letterman: Show No. 160," CBS; "Saturday Night Live," NBC; "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: Show No. 463," NBC; "The Tony Awards," CBS; "Tracey Ullman -- Takes on New York," HBO.

Directing, Miniseries or Special: "Against the Wall," HBO; "And the Band Played On," HBO; "Gypsy," CBS; "My Breast," CBS; "Hallmark Hall of Fame: To Dance With the White Dog," CBS.

Makeup, Series: "Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams," syndicated; "Saturday Night Live: Show No. 818," NBC; "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rules of Acquisition," syndicated; "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Genesis," syndicated; "Tales From the Crypt: Well Cooked Hams," HBO.

Music Direction: "The 66th Annual Academy Awards," ABC; "Gypsy," CBS; "Great Performances: Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl," PBS; "The Kennedy Center Honors," CBS; "The Walt Disney Company Presents The American Teacher Awards," Disney.

Main Title Theme Music: "Frasier," NBC; "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," ABC; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "Seaquest," NBC; "The X-Files," Fox.

Cultural Program: "Dance America -- Great Performances: Balanchine Celebration," PBS; "Great Performances: Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters," PBS; "Pavarotti in Paris," A&E; "American

Playhouse -- Great Performances: Porgy and Bess," PBS; Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence," PBS.

Outstanding Children's Program: "Avonlea," Disney; "Clarissa Explains It All," Nickelodeon; "Kids Killing Kids -- Kids Saving Kids," CBS-Fox; "Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration," PBS; "Sesame Street's 25th Anniversary: Stars and Street Forever," ABC.

Informational Special: "Audrey Hepburn Remembered," PBS; "The Barbara Walters Special With Elton John, Meg Ryan and Steven Spielberg," ABC; "George Stevens: From D-Day to Berlin," Disney; "I am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Street Elementary School," HBO; "Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music," PBS.

Informational Series: "Cooking with Master Chefs -- Hosted by Julia Child," PBS; "Cops," Fox; "Entertainment Tonight," syndicated; "Later With Bob Costas," NBC; "Siskel & Ebert," syndicated.

Animated Program (One Hour or Less): "Duckman," USA; "Flintstones Family Christmas," ABC; "The Ren and Stimpy Show," Nickelodeon; "The Roman City," PBS; "The Town Santa Forgot," NBC.

Writing, Comedy Series: "Frasier: The Good Son," NBC; "Frasier: The Show Where Lilith Comes Back," NBC; "The Larry Sanders Show: Larry's Agent," HBO; "Seinfeld: The Mango," NBC; "Seinfeld: The Puffy Shirt," NBC.

Writing, Drama Series: "NYPD Blue: Steroid Boy," ABC; "NYPD Blue, Pilot," ABC; "NYPD Blue: Personal Foul," ABC; "NYPD Blue: NYPD Lou," ABC; "NYPD Blue: Tempest in a C-Cup," ABC.

Writing, Variety or Music Program: "Dennis Miller Live," HBO; "The Kids in the Hall, Series," CBS; "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS; "Mystery Science Theater 3000," Comedy Channel; "Tracey Ullman -- Takes on New York," HBO.

Writing, Miniseries or Special: "And the Band Played On," HBO; "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," PBS; "Breathing Lessons," CBS; "David's Mother," CBS; "Mystery: Prime Suspect PBS.

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