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’24,’ ‘The Office’ Take Top Emmy Honors

Aug 27, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s thriller drama “24” and NBC’s quirky comedy “The Office” took home best series statuettes Sunday at the “58th Annual Primetime Emmys Awards” in Los Angeles, on a night when several previous winners once again walked away with honors.

The awards ceremony closes an Emmy season in which many industry insiders criticized the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ recently altered nomination process in key series categories. Despite the changes, the Emmys honored veteran winners in the lead acting categories.

HBO took home the most Emmy gold with 10 category wins. NBC was second with seven wins, followed by Fox with four and ABC, Comedy Central and CBS with two wins each.

The HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” with four wins, took home the most awards Sunday night. Added to the technical Emmys “Elizabeth” won at a separate ceremony Aug. 19, the miniseries won a total of nine awards. Fox’s “24” was second with a total of five awards, two of which it received Sunday.

Aside from best drama, “24” also scored a win with Kiefer Sutherland’s performance in the best actor in a drama series category. Mariska Hargitay took home the Emmy statuette in the best actress in a drama category for her work on “Law & Order: SVU.”

“It’s a good night,” Ms. Hargitay said backstage, adding that the first thing that went through her mind was how happy her father would have been.

“I’m winning an Emmy in my eighth season,” she added. “Who wins in police procedurals? I do!”

In the comedy categories, “Seinfeld” Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home a best actress statuette for her first season of work in the midseason sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Tony Shalhoub, who scored best actor in a comedy series statuettes in 2003 and 2005, once again won for his role as the neurotic detective in USA’s “Monk.”

Megan Mullally, who previously won an Emmy for her role in “Will & Grace,” took home her second supporting actress in a comedy series statuette for the last season of the NBC sitcom. Jeremy Piven grabbed his first Emmy, for his supporting actor role as agent Ari Gold in the HBO Hollywood comedy “Entourage.”

Blythe Danner won her second consecutive Emmy in the best supporting actress in a drama category for the canceled Showtime series “Huff.” Alan Alda, who took acting, directing and writing Emmys in the 1970s sitcom “M*A*S*H,” won his first drama series statuette for his role as the Republican presidential hopeful in NBC’s “The West Wing.”

While “West Wing” was shut out of other categories where it has won in the past, Mr. Alda’s win makes the NBC series the biggest Emmy drama winner in history.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won for outstanding variety, music or comedy series, while HBO’s “The Girl in the Caf%E9;” won for best television movie.