Emmy Awards

All the Best of Primetime

UPDATED 10/02/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/02/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

As a string of Hollywood's post-Emmy parties proved, nothing salves the sting of loss like a good black-tie blowout. Fortunately there was a different raison d'etre for 20th Century-Fox Television's celebratory soiree at Spago. Two programs produced by Fox, L.A. Law and The Tracey Ullman Show, had just racked up a fistful of Emmys.

Winning was almost old hat for Larry Drake, who picked up his second consecutive Best Supporting Actor award for playing Law's developmentally disabled Benny Stulwicz: "There's not all that nervous energy I had last year, not all that wondering, 'Will I trip on the steps?' stuff. Now I'm used to tuxedo gridlock."

Law veterans Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry voiced a little more enthusiasm, at least about the imminent birth of their long-awaited series baby this season. "It seems to be the most highly anticipated event since Lucy and Ricky had their baby," said Tucker, waxing just a bit hyperbolic. "Except that Jill's not really pregnant—at least as far as I know."

No way, said his on-and offscreen wife: "I'm looking forward to having our baby on the air, even if it only means I'll be giving birth to a pillow."

The Tracey Ullman Show picked up four Emmys, including one for choreographer Paula Abdul, who giddily called working on the show "one of the best experiences I've ever had!"

Sadly, after her third no-win nomination, Law's slimmed-down Susan Ruttan had little to exult over. "The saying goes: 'Three times the charm,' " she said. "Well, I guess I was wrong."

Perhaps the best advice for also-rans came from young Neil Patrick Harris, 16, who plays the new season's underage M.D., Doogie Howser: "Take two aspirin," he prescribed, "and call me in the morning."

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