UNDER the supervision of a producer who reportedly warned ahead of time that ``this show won't take itself too seriously,'' the televised Emmy Award ceremonies nevertheless showed proper respect toward a lot of deserving talent, and, in passing, showcased some surprisingly warm moments, despite obviously hot competition. The Emmy show Sunday was produced by Lorne Michaels of ``Saturday Night Live'' and was televised by Fox Broadcasting Company for the second year in a row. The pace was agreeably swift, despite the customary formal staging, and cameras, as usual, picked out significant individuals in the glamorous audience. Most delightful were the inserted morsels of programming now part of television history: bits of Lucille Ball, Don Adams, Phil Silvers, to mention only a few.
The awarding of top honors to ABC's oddly but memorably titled ``thirtysomething'' (best dramatic series) and ``The Wonder Years'' (best comedy series) appeared to reflect the numerical impact of the baby-boomers, or perhaps the widely shared interest in their problems. NBC must be genuinely puzzled by the failure of its ``L.A. Law'' to win more than two Emmys after receiving the most nominations, 19.
In all, ABC won 21 awards, CBS 20, and NBC 19. PBS won 7, syndicated shows 3, and Home Box Office 3. This was the first year that cable television was included in the awards.