Freshmen, HBO, ‘Raymond’ Shine at Primetime Emmys

Sep 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment

New series came out on top at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ “57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” on Sunday, with a number of the top awards, including best drama for the ABC series “Lost,” going to freshmen.

Wins for first-year shows “Lost,” “Boston Legal” and “Desperate Housewives” helped propel ABC to a total of six Emmy wins (for a total of 16, including previously awarded trophies), the most of any broadcast network. But still-dominant HBO, with 27 awards, including seven it took home Sunday, was the biggest winner among all networks. CBS was third among the networks, with 11 Emmys (winning five Sunday).

Academy voters gave special recognition to the ninth and final season of CBS’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which received not only the comedy series Emmy but also awards for supporting actor in a comedy series (Brad Garrett) and supporting actress in a comedy series (Doris Roberts).

In the acting categories in drama series, all four winners won for their work on first-year shows. Patricia Arquette won for outstanding lead actress on NBC’s “Medium,” while the night’s nominee in three categories, Blythe Danner, won for outstanding supporting actress on Showtime’s “Huff.” James Spader won the lead actor in a drama series Emmy and William Shatner won for supporting actor, both for their work playing morally challenged attorneys on ABC’s “Boston Legal.” Last year Mr. Shatner and Mr. Spader won Emmys for playing the same roles on the now-canceled ABC series “The Practice.”

Freshman shows also won in the drama series writing and directing categories, with David Shore winning for outstanding writing for the pilot of Fox’s “House” and JJ Abrams winning for outstanding directing for the pilot of ABC’s “Lost.”

In the comedy series categories, Charles McDougall won for directing the pilot of ABC’s rookie “Desperate Housewives,” while Fox’s “Arrested Development” picked up its second writing win in two years, with Emmys going to executive producer Mitch Hurwitz and writer Jim Vallely.

In the comedy series acting categories, repeat winners dominated. Besides wins for Mr. Garrett and Ms. Roberts, Tony Shalhoub won his second lead actor Emmy for his role in USA’s “Monk.” First-time nominee Felicity Huffman beat out two of her co-stars to win in the lead actress in a comedy category for ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

HBO owned the acting in a miniseries or a movie categories. Paul Newman won the supporting actor Emmy for HBO’s adaptation of the novel “Empire Falls,” while Jane Alexander won for playing Sara Roosevelt, the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in “Warm Springs.” Thirty years ago Ms. Alexander won an Emmy for playing first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Emmy for lead actor in a miniseries or movie went to Geoffrey Rush in the title role of “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” and the lead actress in a miniseries or movie Emmy went to S. Epatha Merkerson for her work in the TV adaptation of “Lackawanna Blues.”

“Warm Springs” won for outstanding made-for-television movie, and “Peter Sellers” took the prizes in both the writing and directing categories for outstanding miniseries, movie or a dramatic special.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” won for outstanding variety, music or comedy series, while CBS’s “The Amazing Race” took the Emmy for outstanding reality/competition program.

The awards program was telecast on CBS.