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Well, it’s here again. No, not the NFL season, but that other brutal circus maximus that always rolls around this time of the year: the Emmy Awards. After six years held hostage by Fox, the show moves to ABC (Sun., Sept. 19, 8 p.m. ET) with host Angela Lansbury (see page 98) joined by, among others, Mary Tyler Moore, Garry Shandling, Dana Carvey, Tim Allen and Farrah Fawcett. With blear eyes and callused fingers (from working the remote), I offer this list of the people who deserve to win major awards—an asterisk (*) indicates someone actually nominated in his category. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Tim Roth, Murder in the Heartland (ABC); a chilling portrayal of Nebraska’s Charles Stark-weather, first serial murderer of the TV era. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Holly Hunter,* The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (HBO). Hunter was brilliant in this black comedy about small-town venality. Also deserving: Anjelica Huston in Family Pictures (ABC). Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation (syndicated). As Pi-card, Stewart adds gravity to deep space. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Regina Taylor,* I’ll Fly Away (NBC). I don’t lament the cancellation of this self-important series. But I will miss Taylor’s depiction of Lilly. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jerry Seinfeld,* Seinfeld (NBC). He may be the most inept actor in prime time; somehow his discomfort only adds to the show’s loopy, ludicrous charm. Also deserving: Martin Lawrence in Martin (Fox). Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Sara Gilbert, Roseanne (ABC). Yes, I know she’s up for Supporting Actress, but for most of the season, Gilbert earned the show with her perfect-pitch portrait of the Conners’ sullen teen, Darlene. Special Mention: Best Marital Breakup Utilizing the Television Medium: Burl and Loni. Don’t talk to me about self-respect. These people are TV stars, the only creatures more ineluctably drawn to bright lights than is the Lapland moth. Their tele-magnificent like won’t pass this way again.