Mullally, Alda, Danner, Piven Take First Primetime Emmys

Aug 27, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“Will & Grace” star Megan Mullally and “The West Wing’s” Alan Alda took home the first two statuettes presented Sunday at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

Ms. Mullally won her second Emmy in the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series category for her role as boozy socialite Karen Walker.

“Here come the waterworks,” an emotional Ms. Mullally said. “I’ve never cried on national television—I think I like it.”

Ms. Mullally spoke on behalf of her colleagues on the show, which wrapped production earlier this year. “We had eight great years of happy employment,” she said. “That’s more than anyone can hope for.”

Mr. Alda, a multiple winner as a writer and actor on the 1970s sitcom “M*A*S*H,” did not attend the ceremonies. Presenters Sean Hayes and Julia Louis Dreyfus accepted the award on his behalf.

Canceled shows were three for three awards, with Blythe Danner taking home the best supporting actress in a drama Emmy for her work in Showtime’s “Huff,” her second consecutive win in the category.

“You’re not supposed to say goodbye this way,” she said. “I guess I have to thank Showtime, even though they canceled it. They are nice guys; they couldn’t help it.”

Jeremy Piven took home his first Emmy for his work as the hypercompetitive agent Ari Gold in HBO’s “Entourage.”

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