Actor Patrick Stewart made a surprise appearance at the “Star Trek” convention in Las Vegas on August 4. He was there to reveal important news to fans about the next “Trek” series being developed for CBS All Access, the streaming service that currently airs “Star Trek: Discovery” as well as “The Good Fight.” He revealed to eager audiences, “Jean-Luc Picard is back.” But would you believe he never won an Emmy for that iconic role? Worse, he was never even nominated.
“I have spent a lot of time recently watching ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ including episodes I had never seen before,” Stewart told the convention crowd, “and gradually it became clearer and clearer to me that the power of that show, the success of that show, the benefits that it gave — I have never grown tired of hearing from people who stop me in the street … who say to me, ‘Your show changed my life. Without “Star Trek: The Next Generation” I might not be here.'”
But the Emmys never showed quite the same appreciation. Though the series won a whopping 19 times at TV’s main event, all of those were in Creative Arts categories. It received one nomination for Best Drama Series (1994), which made it the first syndicated series ever to do so, but it was never nominated for its writing, directing or any of its acting. To compare, the original series that ran from 1966 to 1969 earned two nominations for Best Drama (1967-1968) and three noms for Best Drama Supporting Actor for Leonard Nimoy as Spock (1967-1969).
Stewart has been cited at the Emmys before, just not for “Star Trek.” His first nom was Best Movie/Mini Actor for playing Captain Ahab in “Moby Dick” (1998). Then in 2004 he was nominated for Best TV Movie as a producer of “The Lion in Winter,” in which he also starred as King Henry II. In 2006 he contended for Best Comedy Guest Actor for parodying himself on “Extras.” And in 2010 he picked up a bid for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor as King Claudius in “Hamlet.”
He was recognized by one major industry group for “Star Trek.” The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominated him for his performance in 1995. But he hasn’t won a SAG Award or an Emmy for any performance yet. He’s zero-for-three at the Golden Globes too. So the 78-year-old is overdue for some awards hardware. Make it so, TV academy!