The producing team of Joshua Brand and John Falsey, who like to film their shows on location, were saluted on the home front Thursday as their series "Northern Exposure" and "I'll Fly Away" captured nearly 10% of the nominations for the 44th annual Emmy Awards for nighttime television programming.
"Northern Exposure," a lighthearted drama on CBS that is set in Alaska, led all programs with 16 nominations, while "I'll Fly Away," a first-year NBC drama set in the South during the 1950s, captured 14. They were both nominated as best drama series.
"To have one of them recognized would have been great, but to have both recognized--we're just overwhelmed by it," Falsey said. "Now we feel that the proper way to end what has been a dream year would be for 'Northern Exposure' and 'I'll Fly Away' to tie in the best show category."
"I'll Fly Away" was one of three rookie series to make strong showings in the Emmy nominations for the 1991-92 season. CBS' "Brooklyn Bridge" and ABC's "Home Improvement" collected a combined 11 nominations, including one each as best comedy series.
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Los Angeles Times Monday July 20, 1992 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Column 6 Entertainment Desk 3 inches; 90 words Type of Material: Correction
Emmy updates-- A category was left out of the list of Emmy Award nominations in Friday's Calendar.
Music composition, series (dramatic underscore): Nan Schwartz, "In the Heat of the Night," NBC; Bruce H. Babcock, "Matlock," NBC; Alf Clausen, "The Simpsons," Fox; Dennis McCarthy, "Star Trek: The Next Generation," syn.
One of the shows nominated for sound editing on a series was omitted, CBS' "Northern Exposure": William Angarola, Miguel Rivera, Brian Risner, Mike Depatie, Kimberly Lambert.
In some editions, the name of Larry David was missing as one of the comedy writing nominees for an episode of NBC's "Seinfeld" called "The Tape."
And there was another notable first among the 319 nominations: Roseanne Arnold made it to the finals as best actress in a comedy series after three years of being passed over. But her ABC series "Roseanne," despite finishing as the top-rated entertainment program of the season, was still not nominated as best comedy series.
"I deserve an Oscar for being on television," said Arnold, who has complained in the past about her lack of Emmy recognition. "I'm disappointed that the show didn't get nominated, but then I can never be too happy. I hate to admit it, but I'm excited. I'm proud to be your queen."
Nominated instead as best comedy series were NBC's "Cheers," which won last year and three other times, CBS' "Murphy Brown," NBC's "Seinfeld," CBS' "Brooklyn Bridge" and ABC's "Home Improvement."
Nominees for best drama, besides "Northern Exposure" and "I'll Fly Away," were NBC's "Quantum Leap," NBC's "Law & Order" and NBC's "L.A. Law," which won last year and on three earlier occasions.
With its eight nominations Thursday, "Cheers" increased its record for receiving the most Emmy nominations to 109, with "MASH" second with 99. It has won 26 and has a chance to surpass "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as the most Emmy-honored show of all time with 29 statuettes.
Although cable failed to crack the best series nominees, it was represented with 44 nominations overall--up from its previous high of 40 last year--including citations for HBO's "Without Warning: The James Brady Story" as best TV movie and HBO's "Cirque Du Soleil II: A New Experience" as best variety, music or comedy program.
NBC led in the tally of network nominations with 100, followed by 70 for CBS, 63 for ABC, 24 for HBO, 19 for PBS and 12 for Fox. Syndicated programs garnered 11, the Disney Channel collected eight, Showtime, TNT and USA got three each, and Nickelodeon, MTV and the Discovery Channel got one apiece.
Winners in 30 categories for programs, performers, writers and directors will be announced Aug. 30 in ceremonies at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium that will be broadcast nationally on Fox. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor winners in 45 other categories--primarily the technical areas such as editing, lighting and sound--in non-televised ceremonies Aug. 29.
There were several anomalies in Thursday's nominations:
* "I'll Fly Away," in addition to being nominated as best drama series, also was nominated as best TV movie. Indeed, six of its 14 nominations came in movie categories because its pilot was two hours and, therefore, under new academy rules, was classified separately from regular series episodes. The pilot for ABC's "Homefront" also was nominated as best TV movie for the same reason.
Awards Director John Leverence explained that the academy came to the conclusion that such pilots are "distinctly different animals than regular series episodes, in everything from the time spent on them to their budgets. We felt it was an apples-and-oranges situation."
* "China Beach," which was canceled by ABC more than a year ago, was nominated as one of last season's best series and picked up five other nominations as well. Leverence said that "China Beach" qualified because the Emmy period covers June 1, 1991, to May 31, 1992, and original episodes of the Vietnam War drama were still running last summer, even though ABC had made its decision not to renew the show for fall.
* Scott Bakula, who starred in every episode of "Quantum Leap," is competing for best actor in a drama series against Harrison Page, who appeared in a single episode of the NBC series. Other series guest stars also found themselves pitted against continuing performers under new Emmy rules that eliminated what previously had been separate categories for guest performers.