Emmy loves 'Raymond,' 'Sopranos'

Monday, September 22, 2003

— NBC's "The West Wing," despite shrinking viewership, took the Emmy for best drama Sunday, and CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" for best comedy.

James Gandolfini, who plays the hulking mobster on HBO's "The Sopranos," and Edie Falco, who portrays his long-suffering wife, swept the drama acting awards.

Tony Shalhoub, who plays an obsessive-compulsive detective on USA's "Monk," beat broadcast network stars for best actor in a comedy. Debra Messing, after three unsuccessful tries, won best comic actress for "Will & Grace."

TNT's "Door to Door," based on the true story of Bill Porter, a salesman with cerebral palsy, won four awards, including best made-for-TV movie.

Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, two members of the battling Barones on "Everybody Loves Raymond," both earned supporting actor awards.

Tyne Daly was honored for her supporting role in the CBS drama series, "Judging Amy," while Joe Pantoliano -- who lost his head on "The Sopranos" -- won best supporting actor in a drama series.

CBS' "The Amazing Race" won the first-ever Emmy in the reality competition category, beating more popular series "American Idol" and "Survivor."

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, which received plaudits for poking fun at war coverage, won for the first time as best variety show, breaking a five-year winning streak for David Letterman. "The Daily Show" also was honored for its writing.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" won for best writing in a comedy series. HBO's "The Sopranos" won best writing in a drama series.


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Actress Patricia Heaton clowns with the stars of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" as she arrives at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Heaton stars in "Everybody Loves Raymond," which won Best Comedy at Sunday's awards. With Heaton, from bottom left, are Jai Rodriguez, Carson Kressley, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, and Ted Allen.

Garry Shandling, one of many comedians serving as hosts of the show, received a long kiss from Garrett that parodied the Madonna-Britney Spears kiss from the MTV Video Music Awards.

"The West Wing" received the Emmy for best directing for a drama series, while the comedy trophy in the category went to "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

The award for best miniseries went to the science fiction drama "Steven Spielberg Presents Taken."

Bill Cosby received the second Bob Hope Humanitarian Award with a self-effacing speech in which he thanked his wife, Camille, for 40 years of unconditional love and recalled fondly Fred Rogers, who died this year and was a beloved children's entertainer.

Walter Cronkite paid tribute to Hope, who died at age 100 this summer.

HBO won a leading 18 Emmys, followed by CBS with 16, NBC with 15 and ABC with nine. Fox and PBS earned seven each.