Ted Danson nabbed his lucky 13th Emmy nomination in Best Comedy Actor on Tuesday and second in a row for “The Good Place.” But even more good news? He’s now extended his own record for most nominations in the category.
Danson set the record himself last year when he pulled ahead with his 12th bid. He was previously tied at 11 with Alan Alda and Kelsey Grammer for 14 years. Alda achieved 11th heaven first, getting shortlisted for all 11 seasons of “M*A*S*H,” winning in 1974 and 1982. Danson then went 11 for 11 for playing our favorite bartender Sam Malone, on “Cheers,” taking home the award in 1990 and ’93.
Grammer also received 11 nominations for playing one character, Dr. Frasier Crane, but only 10 of them were for “Frasier,” as he was snubbed in 2003. His 11th bid was for his guest appearance as Frasier in an episode of “Wings” in 1992, the year the Emmys let guest stars to compete in the regular acting categories. With four victories, Grammer boasts the best record of the three and shares that category record with Carroll O’Connor (“All in the Family”), Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties,” “Spin City”) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”).
Danson, Alda and Grammer are the only people with at least 10 nominations in Best Comedy Actor. The next closest are eight-time nominees Fox, O’Connor and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”).
Danson’s rivals this year are Anthony Anderson (“Blackish”), Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”), Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), Bill Hader (“Barry) and Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”). If Danson, who has 17 nominations total now, prevails, he’ll join Shalhoub, Dick Van Dyke (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”), Don Adams (“Get Smart”) and John Lithgow (“3rd Rock From the Sun”) as three-time champs. And since “The Good Place” has one one season coming up, he can expand the spread even further next year with a 14th nomination.
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