Primetime Super Emmy Award

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The Primetime Super Emmy Award was a set of 14 awards that were given in conjunction to the traditional Emmys at the 1974 ceremony.

Winners of a traditional Emmy would then compete against their genre counterpart from the same category (comedy vs. drama for "Series". miniseries vs. telefilm for "Special"). This format would prove to be the Super Emmy's undoing. In order to vote on a Super Emmy winner, the traditional Emmy winners had to be announced well before the ceremony.

Several members of the Television Academy were against implementing the new awards. Ironically, Super Emmy winners Alan Alda and Mary Tyler Moore were some of the loudest detractors. Both threatened to resign form the academy if they were installed. During their acceptance speeches, Moore said that comparing comedic and dramatic television was "apples to oranges". Alda went one step further in his speech "it's comparing apples to oranges to Volkswagens."[1]

The Super Emmy was never awarded again.

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Actor of the Year[edit]

Artist(s) Program Role Network
Series
Alan Alda M*A*S*H Hawkeye Pierce CBS
Telly Savalas Kojak Theo Kojak CBS
Special
Hal Holbrook Pueblo Capt. Lloyd Bucher ABC
William Holden The Blue Knight Bumper Morgan NBC
Supporting
Michael Moriarty The Glass Menagerie Jim O'Connor ABC
Rob Reiner All in the Family Michael Stivic CBS

Actress of the Year[edit]

Artist(s) Program Role Network
Series
Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore Mary Richards CBS
Michael Learned The Waltons Olivia Walton CBS
Special
Cicely Tyson The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Jane Pittman CBS
Mildred Natwick The Snoop Sisters Gwendolyn Snoop-Nicholson NBC
Supporting
Joanna Miles The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield ABC
Cloris Leachman Mary Tyler Moore Phyllis Lindstrom CBS

Director of the Year[edit]

Artist(s) Program Episode Network
Series
Robert Butler The Blue Knight "Part III" NBC
Jackie Cooper M*A*S*H "Carry on, Hawkeye" CBS
Special
Dwight Hemion Barbra Streisand…and Other Musical Instruments
CBS
John Korty The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
CBS

Writer of the Year[edit]

Artist(s) Program Episode Network
Series
Treva Silverman Mary Tyler Moore "The Lou and Edie Story" CBS
Joanna Lee The Waltons "The Thanksgiving Story" CBS
Special
Fay Kanin Tell Me Where It Hurts
CBS
Tracy Keenan Wynn The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
CBS

Craft Categories[edit]

Artist(s) Program Episode Network
Art & Set Director of the Year
Jan Scott & Charles Kreiner The Lie
CBS
Brian Bartholomew Barbra Streisand…and Other Musical Instruments
CBS
Cinematographer of the Year
Ted Voigtlander It's Good to Be Alive
CBS
Harry L. Wolf Columbo "Any Old Port in a Storm" NBC
Film Editor of the Year
Frank Morriss The Execution of Private Slovik
NBC
Gene Fowler Jr., Marjorie Fowler, Samuel E. Beetley The Blue Knight
NBC
Musician of the Year
Jack Parnell, Ken Welch, Mitzie Welch Barbra Streisand…and Other Musical Instruments
CBS

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Neil, Thomas. "1973-74. A Super S*M*A*S*H Night." The Emmys: The Ultimate, Unofficial Guide to the Battle of TV's Best Shows and Greatest Stars. New York: Perigee, 2000. 173-174.

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