40th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 40th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, August 28, 1988. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The ceremony was pushed back from its newly established September date because of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Cable stations HBO and Showtime received their first major nominations at this ceremony.

Despite a season that consisted of only six episodes, newcomer series The Wonder Years won Outstanding Comedy Series. After winning his fourth consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, John Larroquette requested to have his name taken off of the ballot for future ceremonies. Frank's Place became the most recent show whose only season was nominated for Outstanding Comedy/Drama Series.

In the drama field L.A. Law came into the ceremony as the defending champ and with 15 major nominations, (second most ever by a drama series at that time), it was seen as the heavy favorite. However, it was upset by another first season show, thirtysomething which won four major awards on the night including Outstanding Drama Series, L.A. Law only won one major award. The duo of Cagney & Lacey won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the sixth consecutive year, this tied The Mary Tyler Moore Show's record for acting categories, which still stands, (it stood for all categories until The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won ten consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series). With the wins for Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls became the most recent show to have all of its cast members win Emmys. It became the second series to do so, following All in the Family. Two other programs would accomplish this feat: Will & Grace in 2003, and The Simpsons in 2014.

There was controversy during the nomination process regarding the PBS series Rumpole of the Bailey. The series was initially placed in the miniseries field, but soon after the Academy disqualified it and placed it in the drama series field. Its slot in the miniseries category was filled by The Bourne Identity.[1]

40th Primetime Emmy Awards
  • August 28, 1988
  • August 27, 1988
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byJohn Forsythe
Television/radio coverage
Produced byLorne Michaels

Winners and nominees



Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special
  • Inherit the Wind, (NBC)
    • The Ann Jillian Story, (NBC)
    • The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, (CBS)
    • Foxfire, (CBS)
    • The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story, (NBC)
Outstanding Miniseries


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 a Special Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

Supporting performances

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law (Episodes: "The Brothers Grimm" + "Full Marital Jacket"), (NBC)
  • Patricia Wettig as Nancy Krieger Weston on thirtysomething (Episode: "Therapy"), (ABC)
    • Bonnie Bartlett as Ellen Craig on St. Elsewhere (Episode: "Their Town"), (NBC)
    • Polly Draper as Ellyn Warren on thirtysomething (Episode: "Nice Work If You Can Get It"), (ABC)
    • Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on St. Elsewhere (Episode: "Down and Out of Beacon Hill"), (NBC)
    • Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law (Episode: "Leaping Lizards"), (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
  • John Shea as Bill Stern on Baby M, (ABC)
    • Dabney Coleman as Gary Skoloff on Baby M, (ABC)
    • Anthony Quinn as Socrates Onassis on Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, (ABC)
    • Ron Silver as Ron Levin on Billionaire Boys Club, (NBC)
    • Bruce Weitz as Rick Whitehead on Baby M, (ABC)

Guest performances

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
  • Shirley Knight as Ruth Murdock on thirtysomething (Episode: "The Parents Are Coming"), (ABC)
    • Imogene Coca as Clara DiPesto on Moonlighting (Episode: "Los Dos DiPestos"), (ABC)
    • Lainie Kazan as Frieda Fiscus on St. Elsewhere (Episode: "The Abby Singer Show"), (NBC)
    • Gwen Verdon as Catherine Peterson on Magnum, P.I. (Episode: "Infinity And Jelly Doughnuts"), (CBS)
    • Alfre Woodard as Dr. Roxanne Turner on St. Elsewhere (Episode: "The Abby Singer Show"), (NBC)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
  • Gregory Hoblit, for Hooperman (Episode: "Pilot"), (ABC)
    • James Burrows for Cheers (Episode: "Backseat Becky, Up Front"), (NBC)
    • Terry Hughes for The Golden Girls (Episode: "Old Friends"), (NBC)
    • Alan Rafkin for It's Garry Shandling's Show (Episode: "No Baby, No Show"), (Showtime)
    • Jay Tarses, for The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (Episode: "Here Comes That Cold Wind Off the River"), (NBC)
  • Mark Tinker for St. Elsewhere (Episode: "Weigh In, Way Out"), (NBC)
    • Kim Friedman for L.A. Law (Episode: "Handroll Express"), (NBC)
    • Gregory Hoblit for L.A. Law (Episode: "The Wizard of Odds"), (NBC)
    • Rod Holcomb for China Beach (Episode: "Pilot"), (ABC)
    • Win Phelps for L.A. Law (Episode: "Full Marital Jacket"), (NBC)
    • Sam Weisman for L.A. Law (Episode: "Beauty and Obese"), (NBC)
Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special


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 a Special
  • The World According to Me - Jackie Mason, (HBO)
    • Late Night with David Letterman (Episode: "6th Anniversary Special"), (NBC)
    • The Tracey Ullman Show (Episode: "Ginny Redux"), (Fox)
    • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Episode: "20th Anniversary Reunion") (CBS)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 69
  • CBS – 32
  • ABC – 24
By program
  • L.A. Law (NBC) – 15
  • Cheers (NBC) – 9
  • The Golden Girls (NBC) / St. Elsewhere (NBC) – 8
  • Baby M (ABC) / thirtysomething (ABC) – 6

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 11
  • ABC – 8
  • CBS – 6
By program
  • thirtysomething (ABC) – 4
  • Frank's Place (CBS) / The Golden Girls (NBC) / Inherit the Wind (NBC) – 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


  1. ^ "PBS' 'Rumpole' Back in Emmy Race--as a Drama". Los Angeles Times. 1988-08-20.
  2. ^ Emmys.com list of 1988 Nominees & Winners

External links

1988 Emmy Awards

1988 Emmy Awards may refer to:

40th Primetime Emmy Awards, the 1988 Emmy Awards ceremony honoring primetime programming

15th Daytime Emmy Awards, the 1988 Emmy Awards ceremony honoring daytime programming

16th International Emmy Awards, the 1988 Emmy Awards ceremony honoring international programming

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A Garfield Christmas

A Garfield Christmas Special is a 1987 American animated television special based on the Garfield comic strip, created by Jim Davis. It is directed by Phil Roman and stars Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield the house cat, as well as Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Julie Payne, Pat Harrington Jr., David L. Lander and Pat Carroll. The special is about Garfield spending Christmas with the Arbuckle family on their farm, and discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

Davis, who wrote the teleplay, cited it as semi-autobiographical. The special was first broadcast December 21, 1987, on CBS and was often rebroadcast in subsequent years at Christmastime: until 2000 (December 14, 2000 was the final CBS broadcast). It was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and has been released on DVD.

Anthony Quinn filmography

Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001) was a Mexican American actor, painter, writer and film director. The following is a filmography of his work.

Quinn starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including: Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lion of the Desert, The Guns of Navarone, The Message, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Guns for San Sebastian, Lion of the Desert and La Strada. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice; for Viva Zapata! in 1952 and Lust for Life in 1956. One film starring Anthony Quinn has been listed on the National Film Registry, for preservation: Lawrence of Arabia.In addition to theatrical films, Quinn's career also included several appearances on television programs and anthology series, as well as television films and documentaries. Quinn died of respiratory failure on June 3, 2001 at the age of 86.

Anthony Quinn also made a spoken record, with background accompaniment provided by The Harold Spina Singers: I Love You and You Love Me (7" Capitol Records CL 15649, UK 1967).

Carol Burnett

Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer, whose career spans seven decades of television. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, originally aired on CBS. It was the first of its kind to be hosted by a woman. She has achieved success on stage, television and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedic roles. She has also appeared on various talk shows and as a panelist on game shows.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Burnett moved with her grandmother to Hollywood, where she attended Hollywood High School and eventually studied theater and musical comedy at UCLA. Later she performed in nightclubs in New York City and had a breakout success on Broadway in 1959 in Once Upon a Mattress, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She soon made her television debut, regularly appearing on The Garry Moore Show for the next three years, and won her first Emmy Award in 1962. Burnett had her television special debut in 1963 when she starred as Calamity Jane in the Dallas State Fair Musicals production of Calamity Jane on CBS. Burnett moved to Los Angeles, California, and began an 11-year run as star of The Carol Burnett Show on CBS television from 1967 to 1978. With its vaudeville roots, The Carol Burnett Show was a variety show that combined comedy sketches with song and dance. The comedy sketches included film parodies and character pieces. Burnett created many memorable characters during the show's run, and both she and the show won numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

During and after her variety show, Burnett appeared in many television and film projects. Her film roles include Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), The Front Page (1974), The Four Seasons (1981), Annie (1982), Noises Off (1992), and Horton Hears a Who! (2008). On television, she has appeared in other sketch shows; in dramatic roles in 6 Rms Riv Vu (1974) and Friendly Fire (1979); in various well-regarded guest roles, such as in Mad About You, for which she won an Emmy Award; and in specials with Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton, Beverly Sills, and others. She returned to the Broadway stage in 1995 in Moon Over Buffalo, for which she was again nominated for a Tony Award.

Burnett has written and narrated several memoirs, earning Grammy nominations for almost all of them, and a win for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox.In 2005, she was recognized as "one of America's most cherished entertainers" and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom "for enhancing the lives of millions of Americans and for her extraordinary contributions to American entertainment."

Ed Begley Jr.

Edward James Begley Jr. (born September 16, 1949) is an American actor. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is most recognized for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, the bumbling surgical partner of William Daniels' Dr. Mark Craig, on the television series St. Elsewhere (1982–1988); the role earned him six consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award nomination. He also co-hosted, along with wife Rachelle Carson, the green living reality show entitled Living with Ed (2007–2010).

Equally prolific in cinema, Begley's best known films include Stay Hungry (1976), Blue Collar (1978), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), She-Devil (1989), The Accidental Tourist (1988), The Pagemaster (1994), Batman Forever (1995), Auto Focus (2002), Pineapple Express (2008), What's Your Number? (2011), Ghostbusters (2016) and CHiPS (2017). He is a recurring cast member in the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, including Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006) and Mascots (2016).

Lincoln (miniseries)

Lincoln, also known as Gore Vidal's Lincoln, is a 1988 American television miniseries starring Sam Waterston as Abraham Lincoln, Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Richard Mulligan as William H. Seward. It was directed by Lamont Johnson and was based on Gore Vidal’s novel. It covers the period from Lincoln’s election as President of the United States to the time of his assassination

Lamont Johnson won an Emmy for directing Lincoln.

The miniseries was also nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Art Direction in a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Mary Tyler Moore), Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Mini-series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Ruby Dee) at the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The film was shot almost entirely in Richmond, Virginia, and it cost $8 million to produce.

Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels, (born Lorne David Lipowitz; November 17, 1944), is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, actor and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the Late Night series (since 1993), The Kids in the Hall (from 1989 to 1995) and The Tonight Show (since 2014).

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American producer, social advocate and noted stage, film and television actress. She was widely known for her prominent television sitcom roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977).In her film work, Moore developed a markedly wide range, including 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie and 1980's Ordinary People, the latter earning Moore a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress. Moore was a noted advocate for animal rights, vegetarianism and diabetes.

With her two most prominent roles challenging gender stereotypes and norms, The New York Times said Moore's "performances on [The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show] helped define a new vision of American womanhood." The Guardian said "her outwardly bubbly personality and trademark broad, toothy smile disguised an inner fragility that appealed to an audience facing the new trials of modern-day existence."

Michael J. Fox

Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, and film producer with a film and television career spanning from the 1970s. He starred in the Back to the Future trilogy in which he portrayed Marty McFly. Other notable roles have included his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton on the American sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989) and Mike Flaherty on the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000). He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 at age 29, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. He partly retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of the disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure. He founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Sweden's Karolinska Institute gave him an honoris causa doctorate on March 5, 2010 for his work advocating a cure for Parkinson's disease.Since 1999, Fox has mainly worked as a voice-over actor in films such as Stuart Little and Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. On the CBS TV show The Good Wife, he earned Emmy nominations for three consecutive years for his recurring role as crafty attorney Louis Canning. He has also taken recurring guest roles and cameo appearances in Boston Legal, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rescue Me, and Designated Survivor. He has written three books: Lucky Man: A Memoir (2002), Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (2010). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010, and was also inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000.

Perry Mason (TV film series)

A series of 30 Perry Mason television films aired on NBC from 1985 to 1995 as sequels to the CBS TV series Perry Mason. After a hiatus of nearly 20 years, Raymond Burr reprised his role as Los Angeles defense attorney Mason in 26 of the television films. Following Burr's death in 1993, Paul Sorvino and Hal Holbrook starred in the remaining four television films that aired from 1993 to 1995, playing lawyers Anthony Caruso and "Wild Bill" McKenzie respectively.

The Golden Girls (season 3)

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