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NYPD Blue' racks up Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES, July 21 -- As expected, ABC's controversial police drama 'NYPD Blue' was the runaway leader in the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences' Emmy Award nominations announced Thursday in Los Angeles. The awards will be presented Sept. 11 in a ceremony televised on ABC. 'NYPD Blue' led the pack with 26 nominations, including bids for outstanding drama series, outstanding direction and outstanding writing in a drama series, as well as multiple nods for outstanding supporting actor and actress in a drama series. 'NYPD Blue' stars David Caruso and Dennis Franz both picked up their first Emmy nominations and will face off for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, along with Peter Falk of ABC's 'Columbo,' Michael Moriarty of NBC's 'Law & Order' and last year's winner, Tom Skerritt of CBS's 'Picket Fences.' Angela Lansbury is the clear favorite for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, an honor that she has yet to win despite 10 previous nominations for her work on CBS's long-running 'Murder, She Wrote.' Lansbury faces Jane Seymour of CBS's 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman' and Sela Ward of NBC's 'Sisters,' both receiving their first nominations in this category. Swoozie Kurtz, another 'Sisters' star, picked up her second consecutive nomination, along with last year's winner, Kathy Baker of CBS's 'Picket Fences.' Paramount's now-defunct syndicated series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' was the big surprise in the outstanding drama series category. Other nominees were NBC's 'Law & Order,' CBS's 'Northern Exposure,' ABC's 'NYPD Blue,' and last year's winner, CBS's 'Picket Fences.'

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Actor Kelsey Grammer got his fourth career Emmy nomination and his first for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for NBC's 'Frasier, ' the hugely popular spin-off of 'Cheers,' which tops the Emmy's all- time list of most nominations for a show with 117. John Larroquette, who previously won four outstanding supporting actor Emmys for his work on the long-running series'Night Court,' got his first nomination as lead actor in a comedy series for self-titled NBC show. Other contenders in the category include Paul Reiser of NBC's 'Mad About You,' John Goodman, getting his sixth consecutive nomination for ABC's 'Roseanne,' and Jerry Seinfeld, receiving his third consecutive nomination for NBC's 'Seinfeld.' Annie Potts received her first Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for CBS's 'Love & War.' Helen Hunt earned her second consecutive nomination for NBC's 'Mad About You.' Candice Bergen, who won this category in 1989, 1990 and 1992, picked up her sixth consecutive nomination for CBS's 'Murphy Brown.' Patricia Richardson got her first nomination for ABC's 'Home Improvement.' In its first year, NBC's 'Frasier' picked up 11 nominations, including one for outstanding comedy series. ABC's 'Home Improvement' won its third consecutive nomination in the outstanding comedy series category. HBO's 'The Larry Sanders Show' got its second consecutive nod, while NBC's 'Mad About You' received its first nomination in this category. Last year's winner, NBC's 'Seinfeld,' got its third consecutive nomination. Of the four major broadcast networks, CBS received the most nominations with 91. ABC, boosted by the success of 'NYPD Blue,' received 73, NBC received 66 and Fox received nine.

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