On Monday morning, Alexander H. Cohen was pleased, and Barney Rosenzweig was elated. Only Barry Bremen had any real problems with the previous evening’s 37th annual Emmy Awards show, but he was free on $1,500 bail.
Even without time limits on victory speeches, the show only ran 90 seconds over its scheduled three hours, and “that (the over-run) was on account of that intruder,” said Cohen, executive producer of Sunday’s Emmy telecast on ABC.
He referred to Bremen, an impostor who was arrested and booked for investigation of attempted grand theft after wangling his way to the Emmy-night stage and accepting, without permission, the supporting-actress Emmy for Betty Thomas of NBC’s “Hill Street Blues.”
A startled Thomas finally got to the stage of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and accepted her award, as Bremen, 38, of West Bloomfield, Mich., was led away in handcuffs. He was held for nearly six hours in the Pasadena jail.
Rosenzweig, executive producer of CBS’ Cinderella series, “Cagney & Lacey,” had a grand time, though. NBC’s two rival police series, “Blues” and the neon-lit “Miami Vice” had been thought the top Emmy contenders in the best-dramatic-series category.
But the twice-canceled, twice-resurrected “Cagney & Lacey,” about a pair of female cops, won that award, and three others, including one for Tyne Daly (Lacey).
The show’s other winners, in categories usually dominated by men, were Paula Green (for writing) and Karen Arthur (directing). In earlier non-televised ceremonies, the series also won Emmys for film editing and sound mixing, raising to six the total of Emmys for the show.
Rosenzweig conceded that a lot of attention had been focused on the glitzier “Miami Vice,” which, although nominated for 15 Emmys, only got one Sunday night: a supporting-actor award to Edward James Olmos, whose stage credits include “Zoot Suit,” which premiered here and later played on Broadway.
“I think there was a lot of heat by the media for ‘Miami Vice'--it had become sort of a media event,” Rosenzweig said. “But I really do think we have the best show on television week in and week out.”
It hasn’t been easy, he added. He said CBS told him in March, 1982, that it was axing the series. But he said he persuaded the network that audience demographics showed the series to be popular among women. It was continued in a new time period, he said, after he agreed to re-cast the part of officer Chris Cagney, once played by Meg Foster and now by Sharon Gless.
Still, in May, 1983, a closing notice again was posted, only to be lifted--an extremely rare occurrence in network television--after Rosenzweig mounted a well-publicized save-the-series campaign to keep “Cagney & Lacey” pounding a beat for CBS.
“I think we’ve always been an industry hit,” he said, meaning within the television industry. “For some reason, this show has touched a chord in this town and that’s spreading.” The series starts its fourth season next Monday.
Cohen, whose production of 19 telecasts of Broadway’s Tony Awards have been acclaimed by critics, said that “on the whole, I was very pleased” by the smoothness of the Emmy telecast. He also praised the oratorical restraint shown by virtually all the winners.
Back at the Pasadena lock-up, meanwhile, impostor Bremen--police on Sunday gave his name as Breman--was released 45 minutes after midnight after posting bail. He is due in court on Oct. 8 for an arraignment, Sgt. Phil McWade said.
No formal charge has yet been filed yet against Bremen, police said. The value of the Emmy that he accepted without authorization was $135. Police said that a grand theft charge applies to property worth in excess of $400.
However, Det. Clyde Ito said that the Emmy-night visitor could face a felony charge of attempted grand theft of property from a person, depending on what the district attorney chooses to do.
Bremen once was sued by the Dallas Cowboys for posing as one of its cheerleaders at a 1979 game. According to the Associated Press, an out-of-court settlement was reached in which he was banned from ever appearing at Dallas games while clad in a Cowboys cheerleader costume.