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Category: The X-Files

The Emmys pretend they never skunked 'Star Trek,' 'Dynasty' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

August 22, 2008 |  7:17 pm

Hey, who the heck was on the Emmy "blue ribbon panel" that selected the 20 choices of TV's most memorable dramatic moments that the public is invited to vote upon HERE? Voters will pick 10 to be featured on the Sept. 21 Emmycast, but beware: This drama list (just like the comedy roster HERE) largely snubs the shows the Emmys picked in the past.

Don't these Emmy panelists have any clue about the Emmys? Or do they just not care?

Of the 16 TV series on the list, the vast majority (10) never won best drama series ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dallas," "Dynasty," "Grey's Anatomy," "Little House on the Prairie," "Miami Vice," "Moonlighting," "Star Trek," "The Twilight Zone," "The X-Files").


It's an outrage to include such lightweight fluff on this list as "Little House on the Prairie" while snubbing, say, two shows that won best drama series four years in a row: "Hill Street Blues" (1981 - 84) and "The West Wing" (2000 – 03).

Even more shocking is the inclusion of pop hits the Emmys skunked, such as "Star Trek," "Dynasty" and "Buffy." "Star Trek" never won any Emmy, not even in a tech category. Despite 26 nominations, "Dynasty" only won half of an Emmy. Poor Nolan Miller, who draped his classy cast in the most glam fashions on the tube, had to share the costume award in 1984 with the folks who dressed the trashy yokels on "Mama's Family."

America's TV critics once cried and cried for the Emmys to acknowledge "Buffy," but to no avail. When the show ended, the TV academy tried to make things up to the cast and crew by throwing them a tribute fete, but Sarah Michelle Gellar was (justifiably) outraged and refused to attend. The fete went on anyway, but Gellar ended up driving a stake into its heart.

Why, oh, why would the Emmys do such a bizarre thing? Why would they disavow the decisions they made in the past when declaring the best TV now? The answer is obvious. Gee, what do these current "greatest moments" have in common? Answer: they're blatantly Nielsens-friendly. Shame, shame, shame.

The 20 items include nothing from the golden age of live TV drama, like "Requiem for a Heavyweight," which won the old Emmy Award for program of year in 1956. It's nice that Rod Serling is represented by the excellent "The Twilight Zone," but that quirky classic lost its only bid for best drama series.

No westerns made the cut even though they once dominated prime-time TV. And "Upstairs, Downstairs," which owned the Emmys in the early 1970s with three series wins as well as one for limited series, was also deemed to lack any memorable moments.

"ER" (1996 series winner) is a worthy entry, but inclusion of two-time series loser "Grey's Anatomy" is perplexing considering what it bumped.

The only lawyers on the list are the ones from four-time series winner "L.A. Law" (1987, 1989-91) while three-in-a-row champ "The Defenders" (1962-64) was left off the docket. And the prolific producer David E. Kelly, who began in TV as a writer for "L.A. Law," is not included despite creating a pair of two-time series champs — "Picket Fences" (1993, 1994) and "The Practice" (1998, 1999).

While the criminal element is represented by two-time series champ "The Sopranos" (2004, 2007), the good guys are also there with the climatic 1967 conclusion of the previous year's winner "The Fugitive." Among the Emmy-winning crime shows missing from the lineup are "Mission: Impossible" (1967, 1968) "NYPD Blue" (1995) and the seemingly unstoppable 1997 victor "Law & Order."

While "The X-Files" never won best drama series, at least it was nominated four times and Gillian Anderson won best actress. Two other series on the Emmycast rundown did win best drama: "The Waltons" (1973) and "Lost" (2005). 

'The X-Files' reaped a treasure of Golden Globes, but only one top Emmy

July 26, 2008 |  8:51 pm

Considering the shrugging reviews that "The X-Files" feature film is now getting, it won't be competing for Hollywood showbiz awards like its original TV series. Not even at the Golden Globes, where voters adored the tube version.

But not at first. "The X-Files" TV series debuted in 1993, greeted with cheers and blaring trumpets by TV critics and sci-fi freaks, but it was overlooked at the Globes. As its fan base and TV ratings grew, it finally got on the radar of voters, members of the foreign press whose daily job is to track the hottest new trends in Hollywood. 


In 1995, "The X-Files" was nominated for best drama series — and won. Then what happened to it after that is nearly as strange as the alien visits on "The X-Files" TV show. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny were nominated in 1996, but not the show. Then things really got weird. In 1997, "The X-Files" was nommed again and won again, this time with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny hitching a ride on its victory wagon. In 1998, it won best series again, but left its stars behind. In 1999, "The X-Files" and stars were nommed again, but lost and never returned to competition. Overall, "The X-Files" set a new record at the Globes that still stands: it has won best drama series the most times (three).

Being a Hollywood industry award, the Emmy is usually just as reluctant to reward sci-fi fare as the Oscar. However, "The X-Files" managed to score bids for best drama series in 1995, 1996 and 1997, losing to "NYPD Blue," "ER" and "Law & Order," respectively. Throughout the series' nine-year run, Duchovny was nommed for best actor three times, Anderson for best actress four.

In 1997, no Emmy pundits gave Anderson any hope of winning. Prognosticators were split betting on three favorites: Christine Lahti ("Chicago Hope"), Julianna Margulies ("ER") and Sherry Stringfield ("ER"). Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel") was also in the race, but was dismissed as a lightweight impossibility.

But when Anderson pulled off a victory, it was a real Emmy shockeroo. However, the reason for her win could be seen in the sample episode she gave to jurors, which contained none of the usual kooky spooky "X Files" stuff. She gave voters "Momento Mori," a series classic that showcased her character suffering from a cancer believed to be terminal. Today it's widely considered her best performance throughout the series' run.

When Anderson accepted the prize, she thanked her family for being "wonderfully normal about this whole celebrity thing." Backstage she was asked by reporters if "The X-Files'" creepy plots ever gave her nightmares in real life. She replied, "Sometimes I have waking nightmares about the show."


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