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In Emmy First, ‘Mad Men’ Tops — ’30 Rock’ Honored As Best Comedy

September 22, 2008

By Lynn Elber

LOS ANGELES – The sleek ’60s drama “Mad Men” made Emmy Awards (http://www.emmys.org) history Sunday as the first basic-cable show to win a top series award, while the sitcom “30 Rock” and stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin also won.

Glenn Close of “Damages” and Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” captured drama acting trophies.

“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 writing in a comedy series.

“This is the greatest job I’ve ever had in my life,” Baldwin said of the satire about a late-night TV show

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 the 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 “Amazing Race,” the show’s sixth award.

“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.”

Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” won a writing trophy.

Tommy Smothers received a commemorative writing achievement for his work on the then-cutting-edge and controversial “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” from the late ’60s.

The award for best TV movie went to “Recount,” about the contested 2000 Bush-Gore election.

“John Adams,” about the founding father, was named best miniseries and won other awards including acting trophies for Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson.

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Emmy winners

Drama: “Mad Men,” AMC

Comedy: “30 Rock,” NBC

Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC

Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, “Damages,” FX

Actor in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Actress, Comedy: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Zeljko Ivanek, “Damages,” FX.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Jeremy Piven, “Entourage,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jean Smart, “Samantha Who?,” ABC.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “John Adams,” HBO.

Directing, Comedy: “Pushing Daisies” – “Pie-Lette” Barry Sonnenfeld.

Writing, Comedy: “30 Rock” – “Cooter” Tina Fey.

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Originally published by Lynn Elber Associated Press .

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