‘Mad Men,’ ’30 Rock,’ ‘Grey Gardens’ Big Winners at Primetime Emmys

Sep 20, 2009  •  Post A Comment

As expected, AMC’s "Mad Men" and NBC’s "30 Rock" took top honors at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night. 

It was the third win in a row for "30 Rock" and the second in a row for "Mad Men."

In the movies and miniseries category, it was once again HBO’s night.  Top show in the category was HBO’s "Grey Gardens." 

Though Bryan Cranston won for the second year in a row as lead actor in a drama for AMC’s "Breaking Bad," some considered that a surprise choice.

Toni Collette topping Tina Fey as lead actress in a comedy also must be considered an upset. 

Many thought the biggest surprises were the winners in the major supporting categories: Cherry Jones of "24"; Kristen Chenoweth of "Pushing Dasies"; Michael Emerson of "Lost"; Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men"; and Shohreh Aghdashloo for "House of Saddam."  

Other repeat winners were Glenn Close for lead actress for FX’s "Damages" and Alec Baldwin for lead actor in a comedy for "30 Rock."

Jessica Lange took the Emmy for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for "Grey Gardens" and Brendan Gleeson took actor honors in that category for HBO’s "Into The Storm."

Variety’s complete list of Primetime Emmy winners can be found here.

–Tom Gilbert

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