September 22, 2008
’30 Rock’ Rolls Over Competition
By LYNN ELBER
By Lynn Elber
The sleek '60s drama "Mad Men" made Emmy history Sunday as the first basic-cable show to win a top series award while the sitcom "30 Rock" and its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin also emerged as winners.
"We're all so very grateful to have jobs in this turkey-burger economy," Fey said after accepting the best comedy series trophy for her satire about a late-night TV show.
"This is the greatest job I've ever had in my life," Baldwin said of his role an a network executive.
He paid tribute to Fey, the show's star and creator, as "the Elaine May of her generation."
"I thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do," said Fey, who also won for best actress and writing in a comedy series.
Glenn Close of "Damages" and Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" captured drama acting trophies.
Close, honored for her portrayal of a ruthless attorney, complimented her fellow nominees, including Holly Hunter and Sally Field.
"We're proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy and are high entertainment and can carry a show," she said. "I call us the sisterhood of the TV drama divas."
Cranston won the trophy for his role of a desperate man who turns to making drugs.
Dianne Wiest of "In Treatment" and Zeljko Ivanek of "Damages" won supporting acting honors for drama series.
Jean Smart of ABC's "Samantha Who?" was honored as best supporting actress in a comedy series, with Jeremy Piven her actor counterpart for "Entourage."
Don Rickles was honored for best individual performance in a variety or music program for "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project."
"It's a mistake," Rickles said. "I've been in the business 55 years, and the biggest award I got was an ashtray from the Friar's in New York."
Best reality-competition program went to "The Amazing Race," the show's sixth award.
Jeff Probst of "Survivor," one of the ceremony's masters of ceremonies, claimed the first award for best reality series host.
"We feel honored to be part of this family ," Probst said. "Thank you for letting reality in."
As the evening progressed at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, politics went from having a cameo to a co-starring role.
"I really look forward to the next administration, whoever it is," Jon Stewart said as he accepted the best variety, music or comedy series award for "The Daily Show.""I have nothing to follow that. I just really look forward to the next administration."
Tommy Smothers received a commemorative writing achievement for his work on the cutting-edge and controversial "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" from the late '60s - and turned serious.
"It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war, and there's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action," he said.
The award for best made-for-TV movie went to "Recount," about the contested 2000 Bush-Gore contest.
"John Adams," about the founding father, was named best miniseries and won other awards including acting trophies for Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson.
an Emmy record
The miniseries "John Adams," filmed partially in Virginia, set a record with 13 Emmy wins - eight Creative Arts awards and five in prime-time Sunday. a partial list of Emmy winners
comedy, best series "Name"
drama, best series "Name"
lead actor in a comedy series Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
lead actress in a comedy series So and so, "Show"
lead actor in a drama series So and so, "Show"
lead actress in a drama series Glenn Close, "Damages"
directing, comedy series "Pushing Daisies"
directing, drama series "House"
supporting actor in a comedy series Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
supporting actress in a comedy series Jean Smart, "Samantha Who?"
supporting actor in a drama series Zeljko Ivanek, "Damages"
supporting actress in a drama series Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"
guest actor in a comedy series Tim Conway, "30 Rock"
guest actress in a comedy series Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives"
guest actor in a drama series Glynn Turman, "In Treatment"
guest actress in a drama series Cynthia Nixon, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
variety, music or comedy series "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
variety, music or comedy special "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project"
individual in a variety or music program Don Rickles, "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project"
miniseries "John Adams"
made-for-TV movie "Recount"
actor in a miniseries or movie Paul Giamatti, "John Adams"
actress in a miniseries or movie Laura Linney, "John Adams"
supporting actor in a miniseries or movie Tom Wilkinson, "John Adams"
supporting actress in a miniseries or movie Eileen Atkins, "Cranford" (Masterpiece Theatre)
reality competition program "The Amazing Race"
reality series "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List"
Originally published by BY LYNN ELBER.
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