January 17, 2006

‘Housewives,’ daring moms scoop Globe TV awards

By Cynthia Littleton

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Desperate Housewives"
had the last laugh Monday as the ABC hit took home its second
consecutive Golden Globe trophy for best comedy series.

ABC also scored the best drama series win for "Lost," which
bagged the Emmy prize in the same category in September, as
well as acting wins for "Commander in Chief" star Geena Davis
and "Grey's Anatomy" trouper Sandra Oh.

"Surreal," said "Lost" co-creator/executive producer Damon
Lindelof as he and the show's sizable ensemble cast took the
stage at the Beverly Hilton. Lindelof hailed ABC executives
"for supporting us from Day 1" on the desert-island thriller
that defies most primetime conventions.

"This show is an exercise in faith," Lindelof said. "Most
of all, I'd like to thank you (the audience) for having faith
in us, for inviting us into your homes, watching the show,
supporting the show, believing in the show."

The win for "Housewives" was particularly sweet for the
cast and crew of the series that revolves around the tragicomic
misadventures of a group of suburban women because the show has
faced carping from critics who say it has lost its creative
footing in the second season. "Housewives" executive producer
Tom Spezialy took direct aim at all of that chatter in
accepting the award.

Spezialy thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for
"putting to rest rumors we only ever had one good year in us."
He saluted series creator Marc Cherry for "in his moment of
desperation looking deep into his dark, twisted heart to create
a (show) that we're deeply proud to be associated with."

The four primary stars of "Housewives" -- Marcia Cross,
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria -- were all
nominated in the lead comedy actress field, but they were aced
out in an upset victory for another suburban mom-on-the-edge
character, the pot dealer played by Mary-Louise Parker in
Showtime's "Weeds." (Huffman got her moment in the spotlight
later in the night when she won drama actress honors on the
feature side for "Transamerica.")

Presenter Chris Rock underscored the long odds against
"Weeds" when he said Parker was going up against the stars of
"one of the biggest shows on the planet" while the only person
watching "Weeds" is "Snoop Doggy Dogg."

Clearly surprised, Parker took Rock's backhanded compliment
in stride and gushed with gratitude.

"I just get to go to work with such great actors who are so
talented, especially Elizabeth (Perkins)," Parker said. "You
are so wonderful and kind and good and wonderful and sexy and
great, and I just want to make out with all of you."

No winner offered more heartfelt acceptance remarks than S.
Epatha Merkerson, the veteran "Law & Order" actress who earned
the Globe for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her
role as a rooming-house matriarch in HBO's "Lackawanna Blues."
Although she won an Emmy in September for the same role,
Merkerson made it clear she was anything but complacent about
the recognition.

"I'm 53 years old. This was my first lead in a film,"
Merkerson said. "I feel like I'm 16. If I wasn't in the middle
of a hot flash, I'd believe that." She made a point of thanking
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who wrote the original "Lackawanna"

Jonathan Rhys Meyers took home the trophy for lead actor in
a movie or miniseries for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in the
CBS miniseries "Elvis."

"Empire Falls," HBO's adaptation of the Richard Russo novel
about life in a rundown New England town, earned the Globe in
the miniseries or movie category. Paul Newman, who did not
attend the ceremony, also picked up his fifth career Golden
Globe trophy for his supporting role as a meddling father in
"Falls." The role brought Newman an Emmy in September.

"Commander in Chief" star Davis had a little fun with her
moment at the podium as she accepted the award for lead actress
in a drama for ABC's rookie White House series. She started
with an anecdote about feeling a tug at her skirt as she
entered the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton by a little girl who
told her "because of you I want to be president someday ..."
but Davis trailed off with a grin. "Well that didn't actually
happen . . . but it could have."

She also confessed to being "absolutely in love with Donald
Sutherland," her "Commander" co-star who was up for supporting
actor honors on "Commander" and in the longform field for
Lifetime's "Human Trafficking."

"He's the god at whose altar I worship," Davis said of

Hugh Laurie seemed to channel a bit of his caustic TV
character, Dr. Gregory House, as he accepted his award for lead
actor in a drama series for Fox's "House." Laurie said he had
made a list of people to thank should he win, but when it got
up to 172 names, he decided to put them on individual slips of

"I'm just going to draw out three at random, and everyone
else can just lump it," he joked.

Steve Carell, by contrast, had little of the overpowering
snarkiness that marks his character on "The Office," the NBC
adaptation of the British comedy that earned the Golden Globe
for best comedy series in 2004. Carell thanked the creators of
the original series, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, "for
creating such a wonderful, groundbreaking piece of television."

"Grey's Anatomy" winner Oh couldn't muster all the names of
people she wished to thank as she accepted the award for
supporting actress in a series/movie/miniseries for her work as
the hard-charging surgical intern Cristina Yang on the ABC
medical drama.

"I feel like someone set me on fire," Oh said.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter