For the past eight years, Emmy voters have made one thing abundantly clear: they love Mariska Hargitay.
With eight consecutive nominations and counting for the "Law & Order: SVU" star, Hargitay is now tied for second place in the battle for the most career Emmy bids for Best Drama Actress. Both Michael Learned ("The Waltons" and "Nurse") and Sharon Gless ("Cagney & Lacey" and "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill") share in Hargitay's wealth of eight bids apiece. So who could possibly have more Emmy nods?
Cue the "Murder, She Wrote" theme song.
That's right, Angela Lansbury leads with an astounding 12 Emmy nominations in this category. Lansbury played TV's favorite author/crime-fighter Jessica Fletcher on the long-running CBS drama throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Sure, her Emmy honor is slightly diminished when factoring in that she was never able to actually win any of her bids, but it's still a hefty honor. The most recent of her other six losing Emmy bids was for a guest spot on both "SVU" and the short-lived "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" in 2005.
If Hargitay is nominated again this year, that would only bring her Emmy tally to nine, so if she wants to match Lansbury's record she'll have to be honored, at a minimum, every year until 2015. The only problem is that "SVU" may not last that long.
The show is still on the bubble at NBC, with cast and crew anxiously awaiting to see if they will return in the fall for a fourteenth season. While Hargitay just signed on with Universal Television for another year, this new contract doesn't necessarily guarantee the show will be picked up. Though if you ask the folks over at TV Line, word is that "SVU's" chances are "a safe bet" to return.
Below, watch Hargitay accept her 2006 Emmy as Drama Lead Actress.
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