44th Primetime Emmy Awards

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44th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateAugust 30, 1992
Location Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented by Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted by Tim Allen
Kirstie Alley
Dennis Miller
Highlights
Most awards
Most nominations
Outstanding Comedy Series Murphy Brown
Outstanding Drama Series Northern Exposure
Outstanding Miniseries A Woman Named Jackie
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Television/radio coverage
Network Fox

The 44th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, August 30, 1992. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. [1] It was hosted by Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley and Dennis Miller, and directed by Walter C. Miller. [2] Presenters included Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold, Scott Bakula, Candice Bergen, Corbin Bernsen, Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, and Cindy Crawford. [2] The program was written by Buddy Sheffield and Bruce Vilanch. [3] Over 300 million people watched the ceremony in 30 countries.

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A rule change, instituted for this year only, stated that regular and guest performers would compete in the same category. There could be lead guest or supporting guest. This rule allowed Hollywood stalwarts such as Kirk Douglas, who appeared in one episode of the anthology series Tales from the Crypt, and Christopher Lloyd, who guest-starred on Road to Avonlea, to be nominated for the leading actor award (and, in Lloyd's case, to win). However, the rule also meant that, for instance, Harrison Page got nominated as a lead on Quantum Leap alongside Scott Bakula, even though Page appeared in a supporting role in one episode while Bakula starred in every installment, and Shirley Knight got nominated for one episode of Law & Order while the regular cast didn't receive any nominations. The rule was reverted the following year.

On the comedy side, Murphy Brown won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second time, winning three major awards on the night, the most for a comedy series. On the drama side, L.A. Law 's strangle hold on Outstanding Drama Series came to an end, as Northern Exposure took home the award. Northern Exposure also won three major awards and received nine major nominations, which tied for the most in each category. For the first time in its run, The Golden Girls , then in its seventh and final season, was not nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

For the first time, the Lead Actor, Drama award went outside the Big Four television networks to a cable network show: Christopher Lloyd in Road to Avonlea , from the Disney Channel.

After being on the air for thirty years, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson finally heard its name called when its final season won for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Program. The show was first nominated for the category in 1964 and was 0/13 before this ceremony.

As of the 2019 Emmy ceremony, this was the last year where the Big Four broadcast networks received all the nominations in both the Comedy and Drama Series categories.

Winners and nominees

[4]

Programs

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Series) Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Special)
Outstanding Made for Television Movie Outstanding Miniseries

Acting

Lead performances

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

Supporting performances

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Michael Jeter as Herman Stiles on Evening Shade (Episodes: "Herman in Charge" + "Hasta la Vista"), (CBS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie, Jr. on L.A. Law (Episodes: "Monkey on My Back Lot" + "P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead"), (NBC)
    • Edward Asner as Walter Kovacs on The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (Episodes: "Knock, Knock" + "Happy Birthday or Else"), (CBS)
    • John Corbett as Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure (Episodes: "Only You" + "Burning Down the House"), (CBS)
    • Richard Kiley as Doug in The Ray Bradbury Theater (Episode: "The Utterly Perfect Murder"), (USA)
    • Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes on L.A. Law (Episodes: "Steal It Again, Sam" + "Say Goodnight, Gracie"), (NBC)
    • Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci on Quantum Leap (Episodes: "The Leap Back: June 15, 1945" + "Dreams: February 28, 1979"), (NBC)
  • Valerie Mahaffey as Eve on Northern Exposure (Episodes: "The Bumpy Road to Love" + "Lost and Found" + "Our Wedding"), (CBS)
    • Mary Alice as Marguerite Peck on I'll Fly Away (Episodes: "Hard Lessons" + "A Dangerous Comfort"), (NBC)
    • Barbara Barrie as Mrs. Bream on Law & Order (Episode: "Vengeance"), (NBC)
    • Conchata Ferrell as Susan Bloom on L.A. Law (Episodes: "Spleen It to Me, Lucy" + "P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead"), (NBC)
    • Cynthia Geary as Shelly Tambo on Northern Exposure (Episodes: "Oy, Wilderness" + "Get Real"), (CBS)
    • Marg Helgenberger as KC Kolowski on China Beach (Episodes: "100 Klicks Out" + "The Always Goodbye"), (ABC)
    • Kay Lenz as Maggie Zombro on Reasonable Doubts (Episodes: "One Woman's Word" + "Maggie Finds Her Soul"), (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
  • Amanda Plummer as Lusia Weiss on Miss Rose White, (NBC)
    • Anne Bancroft as Kate Jerome on Broadway Bound, (ABC)
    • Bibi Besch as Lisa Carter on Doing Time on Maple Drive, (Fox)
    • Penny Fuller as Kate Ryan on Miss Rose White, (NBC)
    • Maureen Stapleton as Tanta Perla on Miss Rose White, (NBC)

Directing

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series
  • Eric Laneuville for I'll Fly Away (Episode: "All God's Children"), (NBC)
    • Jack Bender for Northern Exposure (Episode: "Seoul Mates"), (CBS)
    • Mimi Leder for China Beach (Episode: "Rewind"), (ABC)
    • Nancy Malone for The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (Episode: "Heartbreak Hotel"), (CBS)
    • Rick Wallace for L.A. Law (Episode: "Say Goodnight, Gracie"), (NBC)
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or a Special
  • Patricia Birch for Great Performances (Episode: "Unforgettable, with Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat King Cole"), (PBS)
    • Hal Gurnee for Late Night with David Letterman (Episode: "10th Anniversary Special"), (NBC)
    • Jeff Margolis for The 64th Annual Academy Awards, (ABC)
    • Walter C. Miller for The 45th Annual Tony Awards , (CBS)
    • Bobby Quinn for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, (NBC)

Writing

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special
  • The 64th Annual Academy Awards, (ABC)
    • Saturday Night Live , (NBC)
    • Late Night with David Letterman, (NBC)
    • In Living Color, (Fox)
    • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, (NBC)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
By program

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
By program
Notes
  1. 1 2 "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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  4. Emmys.com list of 1992 Nominees & Winners