NBC and its acclaimed series "L.A. Law" dominated the 40th annual nominations for prime-time Emmys Thursday, with the top-ranked network taking 114 nominations and the hit series earning 19.
The nominations, announced at a news conference at the Registry Hotel in Universal City, sounded like a television rerun, with 12 nominations apiece going to NBC's "The Golden Girls" and the CBS drama "Beauty and the Beast," and 11 nominations going to NBC's long-running "Cheers."The best showings for first-year series were ABC's "thirtysomething" with 10 nominations and CBS's "Frank's Place" with nine.
"St. Elsewhere," which has concluded its run on NBC, received eight nominations, tying the show with a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" special, "Foxfire."
It was the second straight year that Steven Bochco's series about a Los Angeles law firm dominated the field - earning nominations for outstanding series and for male and female leads Michael Tucker, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry and Susan Dey. The ensemble also received nominations for supporting actors Larry Drake, Jimmy Smits and Susan Ruttan.
Although "Beauty and the Beast" came in second with 12 nominations, it failed to score in most key categories, except for nominations for outstanding drama series and outstanding lead actor, Ron Perlman.
The "Golden Girls" series maintained its tradition for several key nominations, including nominations for outstanding comedy series and three for outstanding lead actress, including last year's winner, Rue McClanahan, and co-stars Beatrice Arthur and Betty White. Estelle Getty was nominated for her supporting role.
NBC's domination was further reflected in another strong showing for its situation comedy about life in a Boston bar, "Cheers." The series also earned nominations for outstanding comedy series and nominations for its stars, Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley. Supporting actors Woody Harrelson, George Wendt and Rhea Perlman also picked up nominations.
Last year's critical hit, "thirtysomething," proved just as big a hit in nominations, with selections for outstanding drama series and for supporing actors Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig and Pauley Draper.
This is the first year that cable television shows were included in the overall competition. Both Showtime and HBO had six nominations each.