By Terry Kelleher
September 13, 1999 12:00 PM
  • Calista Flockhart, Ally McBeal (FOX) *
  • Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
  • Helen Hunt, Mad About You (HBC)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City (HBO)

With this field, we can’t complain, no matter whose name is in the envelope. It could be Heaton, a bracingly smart sitcom wife and mother; Elfman, the ditz who keeps Dharma & Greg bubbling; Parker, who gets to the loneliness as well as the laughs in the role of a sophisticated sex columnist; or Hunt, though a fourth Emmy for her work on Mad About You might seem redundant. But we’ll give the nod to Flock-hart to recognize the emotional range she displays at the center of what may be television’s most cleverly crafted show.