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Show with Most Nods but No Wins?

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  • CultureTilt
    Nov 5th, 2010

    I can’t believe I don’t know this – I’m wondering what TV series has the most Emmy nominations but has never won.  Do you know the top one, and if you’re really savvy, do you know the most-losing comedy and most-losing drama as well?

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E has 16 nods with no wins, but surely that can’t be it, right?

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – 16 nods, 0 wins
    Real Time with Bill Maher – 15 nods, 0 wins
    Star Trek – 13 nods, 0 wins
    Parks and Recreation – 8 nods, 0 wins
    Hart to Hart – 6 nods, 0 wins
    Married…with Children – 6 nods, 0 wins

    Jul 2nd, 2011

    I know that “Married… with Children” was the longest airing Emmyless show (10 years) until “Baywatch” ended in 2001 (after 13 years).

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    Nov 6th, 2010

    Newhart (the one in the cabin) has 25 nominations from Emmys and 6 GG nods…did not win a single trophy from either ceremony

    Even though it won once for costumes, Dynasty had a total of 24 nods. 1/24 (especially when the win was for something like costumes) is a bit sad….

    Real Time with Bill Maher also has 16 Emmy nominations with 0 wins

    Married…with Children has 0 wins for 7 nods….and no major nominations for acting, writing, directing, or series

    In terms of people…

    * Bill Maher has a total of 27 nominations and 0 wins = Emmy’s Biggest Loser
    * Angela Lansbury has 0 wins for 18 nominations = Emmy’s Biggest Acting Loser
    * Paul Reiser has a total of 0 wins for 10 nominations (6 as Comedy Actor, 4 as Comedy Producer )
    * Steve Carell has a total of 0 wins for 9 nominations for The Office (6 as Lead Comedy Actor and 3 for Best Comedy Series)
    * Elizabeth Montgomery has 0 wins for 9 nominations (1 as Best Guest Actress, 5 as Comedy Actress, 3 as Movie/Mini Actress)
    * Hal Linden has a total of 0 wins for his 7 nominations for Barney Miller
    * Katherine Helmond has 0 wins for 7 nods (4 as Comedy Actress, 2 as Comedy Supp. Actress and 1 as Comedy Guest Actress)
    * Jon Hamm has 0 wins/7 nominations (4 as Drama Actor, 3 as Guest Comedy Actor)
    * Jane Kaczmarek has 0 wins for 7 consecutive nods for Malcolm in the Middle
    * Hugh Laurie has a total of 0 wins for 7 nominations (6 as Drama Actor, 1 as Drama Producer)
    * Ed Begley, Jr. had 0 wins for 6 consecutive nods for St. Elsewhere
    * Bob Newhart has 0 wins for 6 nods (1 as Comedy Writer, 3 as Comedy Actor, 1 as Drama Guest Actor, 1 as Supp. Movie Actor)
    * Christine Pickles has 0 wins for 6 nods (1 as Drama Supp. Actress, 1 as Comedy Guest Actress)
    * Noah Wyle has 0 wins for 5 consecutive nods for ER AND 0 nods as Lead Actor for the series
    * Henry Winkler has 0 wins for 5 nods (3 as Comedy Actor, 1 for Informational Program, 1 as Drama Guest Actor)
    * Marion Ross has 0 wins for 5 nods (2 as Comedy Supp. Actress, 2 as Comedy Actress, 1 as Drama Guest Actress)

    * John Forsythe has 0 wins for 4 nods (1 as TV Actor in 1951, 3 as Best Drama Actor)
    * Farrah Fawcett has 0 wins for 4 nods (2 for Movie Actress, 1 as Guest Drama Actress and 1 for Nonfiction Special)
    * Dean Stockwell has 0 wins for 4 nods for Quantum Leap
    * Robert Culp has 0 wins for 4 nods (3 for Drama Actor, 1 for Drama Writing)
    * McLean Stevenson has 0 wins for 4 nods (3 as Comedy Supp. Actor, 1 for Comedy Writing)
    * Susan Ruttan has 0 wins for 4 consecutive nods for L.A. Law
    * Richard Chamberlain has 0 wins for 4 nods as TV Movie/Mini-Series Actor
    * Redd Foxx has 0 wins for his 3 nods for Sanford and Son
    * Conchata Ferrell has 0 wins for 3 nods (1 as Drama Supp. Actress, 2 as Comedy Supp. Actress)
    * Liz Torres has 0 wins for 3 nods (1 as Comedy Guest Actress, 2 as Comedy Supp. Actress)
    * Leslie Nielsen has 0 wins for 2 nods (1 as Comedy Actor, 1 as Comedy Guest Actor)

    People who were not nominated for their big TV show but probably should have been:
       * Bill Cosby for The Cosby Show (he did not submit himself for consideration)
       * Andy Griffith for The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock
       * Courtnex Cox for Friends
       * Howard E. Rollins, Jr. for In the Heat of the Night
       * Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker, Ja’net DuBois, John Amos for Good Times
       * Jeff Conway for Taxi
       * Tony Danza for Taxi and Who’s the Boss?   * Judith Light for Who’s the Boss?
       * Robert Urich for Vega$
       * Wayne Rogers for M*A*S*H and House Calls
       * Betty Garrett and Isabel Sanford for All in the Family
       * Annie Potts, Dixie Carter, Jean Smart for Designing Women
       * Bob Newhart for The Bob Newhart Show
       * Harry Hamlin for L.A. Law
       * Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams for Laverne & Shirley
       * Anna Friel for Pushing Daisies
       * John Krasinski for The Office
       * Gavin McLeod for Mary Tyler Moore and The Love Boat
       * Lee Majors for The Big Valley, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy
       * Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan for Desperate Housewives
       * Nick Offerman for Parks and Recreation
       * Markie Post for Night Court and Hearts Afire
       * Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon for Little House on the Prairie
       * Lorne Greene and Michael Landon for Bonanza
       * Brett Butler for Grace Under Fire
       * William Windom for The Farmer’s Daughter
       * Carroll O’Connor and Danielle Brisebois for Archie Bunker’s Place
       * Park Overall for Empty Nest
       * Peri Gilpin for Frasier
       * John Ritter, Conchata Ferrell, Billy Bob Thornton for Hearts Afire
       * Annie Potts for Any Day Now
       * Jane Wyman for Falcon Crest
       * Marlee Matlin and Harry Hamlin for Reasonable Doubts
       * Philip Michael Thomas for Miami Vice
       * Gary Cole for Midnight Caller
       * Whitman Mayo for Sanford and Son
       * Katey Sagal for Married…with Children, Futurama, 8 Simple Rules, Sons of Anarchy
       * Ed O’Neil for Married…with Children
       * Treat Williams for Everwood
       * William Devane for Knot’s Landing
       * Suzanne Somers for Three’s Company
       * Evangeline Lilly for Lost
       * Reba McEntire for Reba
       * William H. Macy for Shameless
       * James Brolin and Connie Sellecca for Hotel
       * Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey for Dr. Kildare
       * Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Sara Ramirez, James Pickens Jr., Eric Dane for Grey’s Anatomy
       * Greg Germann and Jane Krakowski for Ally McBeal
       * Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon for Boardwalk Empire
       * Bill Macy, Hermione Baddeley, Adrienne Barbeau, Esther Rolle, Rue McClanahan, Conrad Bain for Maude
       * Farrah Fawcett for Charlie’s Angels
       * Beth Howland for Alice
       * Jason Priestley for Beverly Hills, 90210
       * Patrick Stewart for Star Trek: The Next Generation
       * William Shatner for Star Trek
       * Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman for I Dream of Jeannie
       * Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize for Fantasy Island 
       * Anna Paquin for True Blood
       * Will Smith for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
       * Bill Paxton, Chloe Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn for Big Love
       * Ray Walston and Bill Bixby for My Favorite Martian
       * Lisa Edelstein for House, M.D.
       * Donald Faison, John C. McGinley for Scrubs
       * Dennis Haysbert for 24
       * Heather Locklear for Melrose Place, Spin City
       * Charlie Sheen for Spin City
       * Lance Henriksen for Millennium
       * Brooke Shields for Suddenly Susan
       * Barry Bostwick for War & Remembrance and Spin City
       * William Peterson for C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation
       * Goran Visjnic, Mekhi Pfifer, Paul McCrane for ER
       * Ricky Schroder for NYPD Blue
       * Alan Thicke and Kirk Cameron for Growing Pains
       * Robert Patrick for The X-Files   
       * Kate Jackson for Scarecrow and Mrs. King
       * Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis for Anything But Love
       * Kevin Anderson and Ann Dowd for Nothing Sacred
       * Miyoshi Umeki for The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
       * Susan Clark, Cathryn Damon, Emmanuel Lewis for Webster
       * Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman for Curb Your Enthusiasm
       * Thomas Gibson and Susan Sullivan for Dharma & Greg
       * Peter Berg, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Rocky Carroll, Mark Harmon, Barbara Hershey, Jayne Brook, E.G. Marshall for Chicago Hope
       * Denzel Washington, Norman Lloyd, Mark Harmon, David Morse for St. Elsewhere
       * Ken Olin and Mel Harris for thirtysomething
       * Sarah Paulson for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
       * Ron Rifkin for Alias
       * John James and Gordon Thomson for Dynasty
       * Gene Barry for Burke’s Law
       * Patrick J. Adams for Suits
       * Simon Baker for The Guardian
       * Tracey Ullman for State of the Union
       * Jason Lee for My Name Is Earl
       * Christine Lahti for Jack & Bobby
       * Lily Tomlin for The West Wing
       * Amy Pietz and Lea Thompson for Caroline in the City
       * Richard Dreyfuss for The Education of Max Bickford
       * Lauren Graham for Gilmore Girls
       * Tim Daly for Wings, The Fugitive and Private Practice
       * Thomas Hayden Church, Steven Weber, Tony Shalhoub for Monk
       * Kate Walsh for Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice

    Up until a few nights ago when Kathy Bates unexpectedly won an Emmy for her comedic cameo on 2.5 Men, Kathy Bates had gone 0/9 —– 1/10 is still a bad record, especially when her only win came for an extremely brief, shameless cameo… 

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    Jan 24th, 2012

    I wouldn’t have voted for Kathy Bates on “Two and a Half Men”, but her performance was extremely showy and she had a good deal of screentime. Her guest appearance wasn’t extremely brief and it definitely wasn’t a cameo. Margaret Cho in her submitted episode of “30 Rock”, that’s what you call a cameo.

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    Madson Melo
    Jul 25th, 2011

    Amy Poehler will be a 0/7 if she loses her two nominations this year. Hamm will be 0/9, sad 🙁

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    Nov 5th, 2010

    I don’t know that anyone is going to beat Newhart’s stat of 25 nods with 0 wins, so I think we can write that in the trivia record books.

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    Daniel B.
    Nov 22nd, 2010

    Although American Idol currently has 8 cumulative wins under their belt, they had a pretty bad losing record for awhile: After 2006, they had been nominated for 22 nominations without a single win, and in 2007, they won a single Emmy from what had been 29 career nominations up until that point.

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    Jul 7th, 2011

    Did 30 Rock win anything at the Creative Arts Emmys? I know it was an Emmy favorite a while back, but it’s been experiencing a dry spell since its fourth season. Season four went 0/16, season five 0/14 and season six could go 0/13 and probably will. I’m expecting it to pick up a few trophies for its final season… we’ll see.

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    Oct 11th, 2010

    I don’t know that anyone is going to beat Newhart’s stat of 25 nods with 0 wins, so I think we can write that in the trivia record books.

    Hasn’t Bill Maher already beaten it?

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