September 11, 2000 12:00 PM

Kelsey Grammer, Frasier (NBC)

John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC)

Eric McCormack, Will & Grace (NBC)

Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

Going with the sentimental favorite is not a crime, all right? Fox was denied in three previous nominations for Spin City, and his yeoman work over four seasons—combined with the genuine emotion of his May farewell to the show—makes him a meritorious choice. Romano also rates the recognition, and Raymond has been around for four years too. Giving the award to either Lithgow (three Emmys for 3rd Rock) or Grammer (three for Frasier) would be justifiable but redundant.

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