|44th Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Date||August 30, 1992|
|Location||Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California|
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts and Sciences|
|Hosted by||Tim Allen |
The 44th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, August 30, 1992. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. It was hosted by Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley and Dennis Miller, and directed by Walter C. Miller. Presenters included Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold, Scott Bakula, Candice Bergen, Corbin Bernsen, Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, and Cindy Crawford. The program was written by Buddy Sheffield and Bruce Vilanch. Over 300 million people watched the ceremony in 30 countries.
A rule change, instituted for this year only, stated that regular and guest performers would compete in the same category. There could be lead guest or supporting guest. This rule allowed Hollywood stalwarts such as Kirk Douglas, who appeared in one episode of the anthology series Tales from the Crypt, and Christopher Lloyd, who guest-starred on Road to Avonlea, to be nominated for the leading actor award (and, in Lloyd's case, to win). However, the rule also meant that, for instance, Harrison Page got nominated as a lead on Quantum Leap alongside Scott Bakula, even though Page appeared in a supporting role in one episode while Bakula starred in every installment, and Shirley Knight got nominated for one episode of Law & Order while the regular cast didn't receive any nominations. The rule was reverted the following year.
On the comedy side, Murphy Brown won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second time, winning three major awards on the night, the most for a comedy series. On the drama side, L.A. Law's strangle hold on Outstanding Drama Series came to an end, as Northern Exposure took home the award. Northern Exposure also won three major awards and received nine major nominations, which tied for the most in each category. For the first time in its run, The Golden Girls, then in its seventh and final season, was not nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
After being on the air for thirty years, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson finally heard its name called when its final season won for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Program. The show was first nominated for the category in 1964 and was 0/13 before this ceremony.
As of the 2019 Emmy ceremony, this was the last year where the Big Four broadcast networks received all the nominations in both the Comedy and Drama Series categories.
Winners and nominees
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Outstanding Drama Series|
|Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Series)||Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Special)|
|Outstanding Made for Television Movie||Outstanding Miniseries|
|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|
|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|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Variety or Music Program||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or a Special|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special|
Most major nominations
- By network [note 1]
- NBC – 57
- CBS – 33
- ABC – 25
- By program
- I'll Fly Away (NBC) / Northern Exposure (CBS) – 9
- Seinfeld (NBC) – 8
- Miss Rose White (NBC) / Murphy Brown (CBS) – 7
- Cheers (NBC) – 6
Most major awards
- By network [note 1]
- NBC – 9
- CBS – 8
- ABC – 5
- HBO – 2
- By program
- Miss Rose White (NBC) / Murphy Brown (CBS) / Northern Exposure (CBS) – 3
- I'll Fly Away (NBC) – 2
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.
- Staff, "Roseanne Nominated But Her Show Isn't", Beacon Journal, July 17, 1992.
- Overview for The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1992), Turner Classic Movies, Retrieved 2008-09-03.
- The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1992), Hollywood.com, Retrieved 2008-09-03.
- Emmys.com list of 1992 Nominees & Winners