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"The West Wing" racked up nine Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, making it the all-time leader with the most Emmys won by a series not only in its first season but also the most Emmys won by any series in a single season. Published: September 11, 2000

It was a night of firsts, smashed records and personal bests for NBC at Sunday night's Emmy Awards as the Peacock Network re-claimed its position as the top Emmy-winning network among all broadcast and cable networks. In a live Emmy telecast held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, NBC collected nine additional Emmys which, combined with the 14 amassed at the recent Creative Arts Awards, gives the network Emmy supremacy for five of the last six years.

"The West Wing" racked up nine Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, making it the all-time leader with the most Emmys won by a series not only in its first season but also the most Emmys won by any series in a single season. The previous record holders were two NBC series, "ER" and "Hill Street Blues," both with eight Emmys.

NBC Studios' "Will & Grace," which went from one nomination last year to become the top-nominated comedy this year, earned the distinction of being the top-winning comedy on any network including top honors as Outstanding Comedy Series.

Although rare for one network to have both Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama series in a single awards year, NBC last performed that feat with "Law & Order" and "Frasier" in 1997 and a year earlier with "ER" and "Frasier."

"It is very gratifying to see that NBC's long dominance of the Emmy Awards is continuing with a new generation of series such as "The West Wing" and "Will & Grace," said Scott Sassa, President, NBC West Coast. Deepest congratulations to our winners on both sides of the camera."

"Our faith in our quality series was validated by viewer response but now the Television Academy has further confirmed what the audience already knew," said Garth Ancier, President, NBC Entertainment. "This is great news on the eve of the new fall season and I'm sure we can expect even more entertaining episodes in the upcoming year."

"What a year it's been for 'Will & Grace' and the series' Emmy success is a fitting tribute," said Ted Harbert, President, NBC Studios. "We are looking forward to the series' new Thursday night slot where we can build on its momentum with an even larger audience. What's more, we are thrilled with the Emmy Award for the 'Saturday Night Live' 25th anniversary show, which was itself a proper salute to a quarter century of an American classic." The "Will & Grace" win sets a new hallmark for NBC Studios by giving the premier production company its first Outstanding Comedy Series trophy.

Other firsts for NBC programs and its talent include Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress statuettes for Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace"), Allison Janney ("The West Wing") and Richard Schiff ("The West Wing"). "The West Wing" creator and executive producer, Aaron Sorkin, scored his first Emmy for writing the "In Excelsis Deo" episode with Rick Cleveland.

In the late night arena, "Saturday Night Live" added another Emmy to its considerable collection by getting three awards one for Outstanding Variety/Music/Comedy Special Emmy for the "Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary Special" as well as Emmys for Outstanding Technical Direction and Outstanding Hairstyling for the series.

A list of all NBC Emmy winners follows:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
The West Wing: Pilot - John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
Thomas Schlamme, Director

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Sean Hayes, as Jack McFarland Will & Grace - Komut Entertainment in association with Three Sisters Entertainment in association with NBC Studios

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Richard Schiff, as Toby Ziegler
The West Wing - John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Megan Mullally, as Karen Walker Will & Grace - Komut Entertainment in association with Three Sisters Entertainment in association with NBC Studios

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Allison Janney, As C.J. Cregg
The West Wing - John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Will & Grace - Komut Entertainment in association with Three Sisters Entertainment in association with NBC Studios David Kohan, Max Mutchnick, James Burrows, Executive Producers; Jeff Greenstein, Alex Herschlag, Co-Executive Producers; Jhoni Marchinko, Supervising Producer; Tim Kaiser, Producer

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
The West Wing - John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Executive Producers; Kristin Harms, Producer; Llewellyn Wells, Producer

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Specials ? Broadway Video Inc. in association with SNL Studios Lorne Michaels, Executive producer; Ken Aymong, Supervising Producer: Mari Klein, Micheal Shoemaker Producer

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
The West Wing: In Excelsis Deo - John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
Aaron Sorkin, Rick Cleveland, Writers THE CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS (previously announced on August 26)

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
The West Wing
Jon Hutman, Production Designer;
Tony Fanning, Art Director;
Ellen Totleben, Set Decorator

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Freaks and Geeks Allison Jones, Casting Executive; Coren Mayrs, C.S.A., Jill Greenberg, Casting Executives

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
The West Wing
Barbara Miller, C.S.A., John Levey, C.S.A., Kevin Scott, C.S.A. Casting Executives

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
The West Wing
Thomas A. Del Ruth, A.S.C., Director of Photography

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES
Providence Giovanna Ottobre Melton, Costume Designer; Sandy Kenyon, Costume Supervisor

OUTSTANDING SINGLE CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A SERIES ER Bill Johnson, A.C.E., Editor

OUTSTANDING MULTI-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A SERIES
Frasier Ron Volk, A.C.E., Scott Maisano, Editors

OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A SERIES
Saturday Night Live Bobby H. Grayson, Hairstylist

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
The 10th Kingdom Tim Webber, Title Designer

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
The West Wing
W.G. Snuffy Walden

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Friends Bruce Willis

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Frasier Jean Smart

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A SERIES
Third Watch Walter Newman, Supervising Sound Editor; Thomas A. Harris, ADR Editor; Clay Collins, Darleen Stoker-Kageyama, Karyn Foster, Dialogue Editors; Darren Wright, Kenneth D. Young, Rick Camara, Rick Hromadka, Sound Editors; Allan Rosen, Music Editors; Casey Crabtree, Mike Crabtree, Foley Artists

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO FOR A SERIES
Saturday Night Live Steven Cimino, Technical Director; Carl Eckett, Jan Kasoff, John Pinto, Michael Bennett, Richard B. Fox, Camera Operators; Frank Grisanti, Susan Noll, Video Control

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