8th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMarch 17, 1956
LocationPan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byArt Linkletter
John Charles Daly
Highlights
Most awardsThe Phil Silvers Show
Producers' Showcase (4)
Most nominationsProducers' Showcase (12)
Best Comedy SeriesThe Phil Silvers Show
Best Dramatic SeriesProducers' Showcase
Best Variety SeriesThe Ed Sullivan Show
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNBC

The 8th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 8th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on March 17, 1956, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Hollywood, California and was hosted by Art Linkletter and John Charles Daly. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The top shows of the night were The Phil Silvers Show, and Producers' Showcase. Each show won a record four major awards. Producers' Showcase, with its twelve major nominations, became the first show to receive over ten major nominations. (Both of these records were subsequently passed by multiple shows).

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[1]

Programs

Programs
Best Audience Participation Series (Quiz, Panel, Etc.)
Best Action or Adventure Series
Best Documentary Program
Best Special Event or News Program
Best Music Series
Best Contribution to Daytime Programming

Acting

Lead performances

Lead performances
Best Actor in a Continuing Performance
Best Actress in a Continuing Performance

Supporting performances

Supporting performances
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Single performances

Single performances
Best Actor in a Single Performance
Best Actress in a Single Performance

Directing

Directing
Best Director for a Film Series
Best Director for a Live Series

Producing

Producing
Best Producer for a Film Series
Best Producer for a Live Series

Writing

Writing
Best Original Teleplay Writing
Best Television Adaptation

Best Specialty Act – Single or Group

Best Specialty Act
Best Specialty Act – Single or Group[2]

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
By program

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
By program
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

References

  1. ^ "Emmys.com list of 1956 Nominees & Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  2. ^ "Emmys.com Best Specialty Act – Single or Group". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.