Primetime Emmy Award
|Primetime Emmy Award|
|65th Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in primetime television|
|Network||ABC (1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1993–94, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012),
CBS (1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
Fox (1987–92, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
NBC (1955–65, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
The Primetime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. First awarded in 1949, they were originally referred to as just the "Emmy Awards" until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies were held in the 1970s, and the word "primetime" was added to distinguish between the two.
The Primetime Emmys generally air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. They are currently seen in rotation among the four major networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox). Because of NBC's coverage of Sunday Night NFL Football beginning in September, when NBC has had the rotation in 2006 and again in 2010, the Emmys move to late August for those years only.
Among the Primetime Emmy rules, a show must originally air on American television during the eligibility period between June 1 and May 31. In order to be considered a national primetime show, the program must air between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., and to at least 50 percent of the country. A show that enters into the Primetime Emmys cannot also be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards or any other national Emmy competition. For shows in syndication, whose air times vary between media markets, they can either be entered in the Daytime or Primetime Emmys (provided they still reach the 50 percent national reach), but not in both. For game shows that reach the 50 percent threshold, they can be entered into the Daytime Emmys if they normally air before 8 p.m (including the former "access hour" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.); otherwise, they are only eligible for the Primetime Emmys.
Entries must be submitted by the end of April, even if a show is not scheduled to originally air until the following month when the eligibility period ends in May. Most award categories also require entries to include DVDs or tape masters of the show. For most series categories, any six episodes that originally aired during the eligibility period must be submitted (programs that were cancelled before airing their sixth episode are thus ineligible). For most individual achievement categories, only one episode is required to be submitted; if an episode is a two-parter, both parts may be included on the submitted DVD.
Ballots to select the nominations are sent to Academy members in June. For most categories, members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees only in their respective categories. All members can however vote for nominations in the best program categories. The final voting to determine the winners is held in August, and is done by judging panels. In June, the Academy solicits volunteers among its active members to serve on these panels. All active members may serve on the program panels; otherwise they are restricted to those categories within their own branch.
Primetime Emmys are currently awarded in the following categories:
- Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
- Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
- Acting – Lead Role
- Acting – Supporting Role
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Creative Arts Primetime Emmys
- Outstanding Reality Program
- Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
- Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
- Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
- Outstanding Informational Series or Special
- Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
- Outstanding Special Class Program
- Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
- Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Non-Fiction Program
- Art Direction
- Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series
- Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series
- Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie
- Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie
- Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming
- Outstanding Costumes for a Series
- Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
- Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special
- Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
- Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
- Picture Editing
- Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
- Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie
- Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials
- Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming
- Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single Camera Series
- Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special
- Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie
- Interactive Media
- Outstanding Interactive Program
- Creative Achievement in Interactive Media
- Lighting Design/Lighting Direction
- Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
- Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
- Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
- Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic)
- Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
- Outstanding Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special (Prosthetic)
- Sound Editing
- Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
- Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
- Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
- Sound Mixing
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
- Stunt Coordination
- Technical Direction
- Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
- Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
- Visual Effects
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
- Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
- Best Actor of the Year
- Best Actress of the Year
- Best Live Show
- Best New Program
- Program of the Year
- Best Kinescope Show
- Best Sports Coverage†
- Outstanding Sports Personality †
- Outstanding Live Sports Special †
- Most Outstanding Live Personality
- Best Western Series (1958–59 only)
- Most Outstanding Kinescoped Personality
- Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
- Outstanding Program Achievement in Daytime Drama ‡
- Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or More)
- Outstanding Program Achievement by Individuals in Daytime Drama ‡
- Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Half-Hour Series
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety/Music Program or Special|Outstanding Costumes for a Variety/Music Program or Special
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program|Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program
- Outstanding Miniseries
- Outstanding Made for Television Movie
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
- † Replaced by a similar category in the Sports Emmy Awards
- ‡ Replaced by a similar category in the Daytime Emmy Awards
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Performers with the most wins
- Carl Reiner won a total of nine Primetime Emmy Awards, five of which were for his work on The Dick Van Dyke Show (Outstanding Comedy Series, Program Achievement, Writing in a Comedy series and Writing in a Comedy/Variety/Music series). He also won the award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his performance on Mad About You, and two Emmys for his performance on Caesar's Hour. In 1967, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy/Variety/Music series, for The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special.
- Cloris Leachman's eighth Emmy made her the "winningest" female performer in Emmy history. Previously, she had been tied with Mary Tyler Moore and Tracey Ullman (although not all of Ullman's Emmys are for performance categories).
- Edward Asner won five Emmys for the same character (Lou Grant) but in two different series and genres. Asner won three in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and two more in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category for Lou Grant. Asner also has two additional Emmys, making him the most awarded male performer in Emmy history with 7 wins.
- Art Carney received six Primetime Emmy Awards; five for his portrayal of Ed Norton — two for the original Jackie Gleason Show (Supporting Actor 1954,1955), one for The Honeymooners (Supporting Actor 1956), and two for the final version of The Jackie Gleason Show (Special Classification of Individual Achievements 1967,1968). Carney won his sixth Emmy (Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special) in 1984 for the TV Movie Terrible Joe Moran.
- Tyne Daly has won six performing Emmy Awards; four Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey in 1983–85 and 1988. Also, two wins in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for Christy in 1996 and Judging Amy in 2003.
- Don Knotts and Candice Bergen share the distinction of being the only actors to have won five Emmy Awards for their respective performances on their respective series. Knotts won for his role as Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show (1961–63, 1966–67). Bergen won for her portrayal of Murphy Brown on Murphy Brown (1989–90, 1992, 1994–95).
- Kelsey Grammer has won five Emmy Awards: four for his portrayal of Frasier Crane on Frasier (1994–95, 1998, 2004) and one for voicing the character Sideshow Bob on the series The Simpsons (2006). He has several other nominations as Frasier on that series as well as on Cheers and Wings (for a 1992 guest appearance). This makes him the only actor to earn Emmy nominations for portraying the same character on three different programs.
- John Larroquette also won five Emmy Awards; four (in a row) for his portrayal of Dan Fielding on Night Court and one for his guest role on The Practice.
- Peter Falk won five Primetime Emmy Awards, including four for his iconic work on Columbo – 3 as Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1972, 1976, 1990) and 1 as Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series (1975). Fifth win was chronologically the first for his performance on The Dick Powell Show.
- Carroll O'Connor of All in the Family, Nancy Marchand of Lou Grant, Rhea Perlman of Cheers, Dennis Franz of NYPD Blue, Helen Hunt of Mad About You, David Hyde Pierce of Frasier, Allison Janney of The West Wing, and Doris Roberts of Everybody Loves Raymond have all won four Emmys for playing their respective characters on their respective TV shows. Valerie Harper also has four Emmys for the same character, Rhoda, but on two different shows. Harper has three Emmys for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and one for Rhoda.
- Kathy Baker of Picket Fences, Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, James Gandolfini of The Sopranos, Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond, John Lithgow of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Laurie Metcalf of Roseanne, Jeremy Piven of Entourage, Michael Richards of Seinfeld, Tony Shalhoub of Monk, James Spader of The Practice and Boston Legal, Barbara Bain of Mission: Impossible and Patricia Wettig of thirtysomething have all won three Emmys for playing their respective characters on their respective TV shows.
- Carroll O'Connor and Edie Falco are the only actors to have won the lead category in both the comedy and drama series category. O'Connor has four Emmys for his comedic turn in All in the Family and one dramatic Emmy for In the Heat of the Night. Falco has three Emmys for her dramatic turn in The Sopranos and one comedic Emmy for Nurse Jackie. Others have won in a variety of both the comedy and drama categories including lead, supporting, and guest performances such as Alan Alda for M*A*S*H and The West Wing, Bruce Willis for Moonlighting and Friends, John Lithgow for Amazing Stories, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Dexter, Doris Roberts for St. Elsewhere and Everybody Loves Raymond, Ed Asner for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant, John Larroquette for Night Court and The Practice, Christopher Lloyd for Taxi and Avonlea, Cynthia Nixon for Sex and the City and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Elaine Stritch for 30 Rock and Law & Order, Bobby Cannavale for Will & Grace and Boardwalk Empire, and Cloris Leachman for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Promised Land and Malcolm in the Middle.
- Alan Alda is the only person to have won Emmys in the comedy series categories for writing, directing, and acting in the same series, M*A*S*H. Alda has a total of six wins including his most recent Emmy for supporting actor in a drama series for The West Wing.
- Betty White is the only female to have an Emmy in all female performing comedic categories including one in Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Golden Girls, two in Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and two in Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for The John Larroquette Show and Saturday Night Live. White also holds the record for longest gap between performing Emmy nominations—her first was in 1951 and her most recent was in 2013, a gap of 62 years. White also holds the record for the oldest recipient of a competitive, non-honorary performing Primetime Emmy, winning in 2010 at the age of 88.
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Leading nominated series
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- Screen Actors Guild Awards
- Directors Guild of America Awards
- Writers Guild of America Award
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- Critics' Choice Television Award
- British Academy Television Awards
- Gemini Award—television broadcasting industry awards in Canada
- Logie Award—television broadcasting industry awards in Australia
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