46th Primetime Emmy Awards

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46th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Date
  • September 11, 1994
    (Ceremony)
  • September 10, 1994
    (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented by Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted by Patricia Richardson
Ellen DeGeneres
Highlights
Most awards
Most nominations NYPD Blue (19)
Outstanding Comedy Series Frasier
Outstanding Drama Series Picket Fences
Outstanding Miniseries Prime Suspect III
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Late Show with David Letterman
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC

The 46th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 11, 1994. The ceremony was hosted by Patricia Richardson and Ellen DeGeneres. It was broadcast on ABC. Comedy Central received its first major nomination at this ceremony.

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For its first season, the Cheers spin-off Frasier won Outstanding Comedy Series and four total major awards. For the second straight year Picket Fences won Outstanding Drama Series, it too won four major awards on the night, but the more impressive drama series was newcomer NYPD Blue , which took home three major awards.

NYPD Blue came into the ceremony with 19 major nominations. This broke Hill Street Blues record for most nominations by a drama or comedy series of 16 set in 1982, and put it in second place all time behind Roots which gained 21 major nominations in 1977. NYPD Blue set another milestone when it received every nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, this marked only the ninth time that a show had received every nomination in a category. This feat has not been accomplished since.

The television film And the Band Played On also made Emmy history. It set a new record when it received nine major nominations, the most ever for a television movie. The record was maintained for twenty years, until The Normal Heart received nine major nominations in 2014. Both films won the top prize, but each lost all six of their acting nominations, directing, and writing to other projects.

Winners and nominees

[1]

Programs

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy 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 Special Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special

Supporting performances

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris on Roseanne (Episodes: "Labor Day" + "Past Imperfect"), (ABC)
    • Shelley Fabares as Christine Armstrong on Coach (Episodes: "Nice Job If You Can Get It" + "The Stand-In"), (ABC)
    • Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood on Murphy Brown (Episodes: "The Young and the Rest of Us" + "The More Things Stay The Same"), (CBS)
    • Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner on Roseanne (Episodes: "Two Down, One to Go" + "Everybody Comes to Jackie's"), (ABC)
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld (Episodes: "The Mango" + "The Opposite"), (NBC)
    • Liz Torres as Mahalia Sanchez on The John Larroquette Show (Episodes: "Pilot" + "God"), (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Fyvush Finkel as Douglas Wambaugh on Picket Fences (Episodes: "Turpitude" + "Squatter's Rights"), (CBS)
    • Gordon Clapp as Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue (Episodes: "Ice Follies" + "Abandando Abandoned"), (ABC)
    • Barry Corbin as Maurice J. Minnifield on Northern Exposure (Episodes: "The Mystery of the Old Curio Shop" + "The Gift of the Maggie"), (CBS)
    • Nicholas Turturro as James Martinez on NYPD Blue (Episodes: "Up on the Roof" + "Guns 'N' Rosaries"), (ABC)
    • Ray Walston as Henry Bone on Picket Fences (Episodes:"Blue Christmas" + "Abominable Snowman"), (CBS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special
  • Cicely Tyson as Castralia on Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (CBS)
    • Anne Bancroft as Lucy Marsden on Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (CBS)
    • Swoosie Kurtz as Mrs. Johnstone on And the Band Played On (HBO)
    • Lee Purcell as Ann Thielman on Secret Sins of the Father (NBC)
    • Lily Tomlin as Dr. Selma Dritz on And the Band Played On (HBO)

Guest performances

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Directing

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series
  • James Burrows, for Frasier (Episode: "The Good Son"), (NBC)
    • Tom Cherones for Seinfeld (Episode: "The Mango"), (NBC)
    • Todd Holland for The Larry Sanders Show (Episode: "Life Behind Larry"), (HBO)
    • Tom Moore for Mad About You (Episode: "Love Letters"), (NBC)
    • Lee Shallat-Chemel, for Mad About You (Episode: "Paul is Dead"), (NBC)
    • John Whitesell for The John Larroquette Show (Episode: "Pilot"), (NBC)
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or Special
  • Walter C. Miller for The 47th Annual Tony Awards, (ABC)
    • Ellen Brown for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, (NBC)
    • Hal Gurnee for Late Show with David Letterman, (CBS)
    • Jeff Margolis for The 66th Annual Academy Awards, (ABC)
    • Don Scardino for Tracey Takes on New York, (HBO)
    • Dave Wilson for Saturday Night Live, (NBC)

Writing

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or Special
  • Bob Randall for David's Mother, (CBS)

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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