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Something for Everyone at This Year’s Emmys

September 9, 1996

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ NBC’s ``Frasier″ proved to be just what the doctor ordered as the ``Cheers″ spinoff landed its third consecutive Emmy for best TV comedy.

``Frasier″ producer Peter Casey thanked the TV academy at Sunday’s 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards for honoring the show about an egotistical psychiatrist able to solve everyone’s problems but his own.

``More importantly, we feel it sends an important message to the pompous, the long-winded and the incessantly fussy of America. It says, `Yeah, there’s a place for you,‴ he added.

There was, it seemed, a place for everyone at this year’s awards. No one show dominated the program _ not even the top-rated ``ER.″ The NBC hit was named best drama but failed to capture a single performing award for its ensemble cast.

After several years of nominations, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Helen Hunt won statues for their comedic roles.

``A lot of people say our show is about nothing, but of course it has been about plenty of something for me,″ said a tearful Louis-Dreyfus, named best supporting comedy actress for her role as Elaine on NBC’s ``Seinfeld″ in her fifth bid.

Hunt was chosen best actress in a comedy for her role as young wife Jamie Buchman on the NBC series ``Mad About You.″

``I’d like to thank Paul Reiser, Paul Reiser, Paul Reiser, Paul Reiser, Paul Reiser,″ Hunt said of her co-star, who also hosted the awards ceremony.

John Lithgow took the best comedy actor award for role as his egotistical alien commander in NBC’s ``3rd Rock from the Sun.″ It was his second career Emmy.

Kathy Baker was named best dramatic actress for her role as physician Jill Brock in the now-cancelled ``Picket Fences,″ while the best actor award in the category went to Dennis Franz of ``NYPD Blue″ for his portayal of tough, vulnerable police detective Andy Sipowicz.

NBC led the networks with 20 Emmys, including nine awarded Sunday and 11 presented Saturday. HBO was second with a total of 14; ABC followed with 12, CBS with 11.

Ray Walston snared a supporting actor award for ``Picket Fences,″ while Tyne Daly collected her fifth Emmy in 10 nominations, winning this time for her supporting role as Miss Alice in CBS’ canceled schoolteacher drama ``Christy.″ Her previous Emmys were from the ``Cagney & Lacey″ police series.

``The Larry Sanders Show″ won its first Emmy after 30 nominations as Rip Torn was honored as best supporting actor in a comedy series.

``ER″ defeated a strong field for best drama series including ``Chicago Hope,″ ``Law & Order,″ ``NYPD Blue″ and ``The X-Files.″

``Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,″ said producer John Wells,

``The X-Files,″ Fox’s quirky sci-fi show, and the miniseries ``Gulliver’s Travels″ each finished with five trophies total after both nights’ presentations, making them co-leaders of this year’s Emmys.

HBO’s ``Dennis Miller Live″ won outstanding variety, music or comedy series, over CBS’ ``Late Show With David Letterman″ and NBC’s ``The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,″ among others.

NBC’s ``Gulliver’s Travels″ claimed the best miniseries award.

Helen Mirren picked up her first Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or special for her portrayal of a tough British police inspector Jane Tennison in the PBS series ``Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness.″

``I’m dead chuffed. That means I’m very, very pleased, in American,″ Mirren said.

``I’m dead chuffed, too,″ said fellow Briton Alan Rickman, who followed Mirren on stage to accept the lead actor’s award in the miniseries category for his role in HBO’s ``Rasputin.″

Greta Scacchi was honored as outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or special for her role as Alexandra in ``Rasputin.″ Tom Hulce took the supporting actor’s award in the category for ``The Heidi Chronicles.″

The outstanding TV movie Emmy went to HBO’s ``Truman.″

Amid growing concern about sex and violence on TV, the show featured a new President’s Award honoring a program of social value. AMC’s ``Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial″ was the winner.

Reiser kept the show rolling, displaying self-deprecating humor when jokes bombed.

``I’m not here to shine. I think that will become very obvious as the show moves along,″ he warned at the outset. The show ended on time, about five minutes after the last Emmy was presented.

In an emotional moment, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Brett Butler, who just returned to baseball after cancer surgery, received a standing ovation when he was recognized in the audience.

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