September 21, 2009 in Nation/World

Emmys feature repeat winners

Lynn Elber Associated Press
 
Associated Press photo

“Mad Men” won best drama series.
(Full-size photo)

LOS ANGELES – “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” led a pack of Emmy winners who successfully defended their titles Sunday, but the snappy ceremony and a star turn by host Neil Patrick Harris made the evening far from a rerun.

AMC’s glossy 1960s Madison Avenue saga “Mad Men,” which last year became the first basic cable show to win a top series award, won the best drama trophy for a second time.

“NBC’s “30 Rock,” a satirical take on life inside a TV variety show, was honored for the third time as best comedy series, while star Alec Baldwin won his second comedy actor award.

“We want to thank our friends at NBC for keeping us on the air … even though we are so much more expensive than a talk show,” said “30 Rock” creator and star Tina Fey, a sly reference to Jay Leno’s new daily prime-time comedy show, which NBC notes is cheaper to produce than a scripted series – a fact that has irked some members of the creative side of the industry.

Glenn Close’s performance as a ruthless trial attorney on “Damages” and Bryan Cranston’s turn as a meth-making, cancer-stricken teacher on “Breaking Bad” were honored with the top drama series acting Emmys, the second consecutive awards for both.

“Oh my goodness,” exclaimed Cranston. “I’m a poor kid from the valley. I don’t know what I’m doing up here. I feel like Cinder-fella.”

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won the trophy for best variety, music or comedy series, its seventh in a row.

© Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Get stories like this in a free daily email


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus