Emmy NotebookThe latest news and notes from the show
By Susan King Los Angeles Times
Staff Writer in The Envelope Awards blog
6:54 PM PDT, August 27, 2006
Actor Tony Shalhoub, who plays an obsessive-compulsive detective on USA's "Monk," picked up his third Emmy tonight as outstanding actor in a comedy series, beating out such favorites as Steve Carell, Charlie Sheen, Kevin James and Larry David.
"There's been a terrible mistake. I never win anything," Shalhoub deadpanned to the audience at the Shrine Auditorium. "I just want to say it's gratifying to be chosen from such a distinguished group of losers (pause) actors. Comedy, comedic performing actors, you know, whatever."
Another former Emmy winner - Andre Braugher - won lead actor in a movie or miniseries for his role as a criminal in FX's low-rated "Thief."
Fox's thriller series "24" finally broke into the Emmy's top ranks as the show's director, Jon Cassar, was awarded best director in a drama series.
But ABC's popular new show "Grey's Anatomy" remained shut out of this evening's awards, losing out on best supporting actor and writing. The award for best drama, for which it is in competition, will come later tonight from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
One of the biggest surprises of the night was winner Barry Manilow, who was awarded for a PBS musical special based on his running Las Vegas stage show.
"I can't be more surprised," said a shocked Barry Manilow, as he won his second Emmy, for "Barry Manilow: Music and Passion." The pop singer beat out such television favorites as Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson and David Letterman, as well as last year's winner in this category, Hugh Jackman.
Oscar and Tony winner Jeremy Irons won his first Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a movie or miniseries for his performance as the Earl of Lester in HBO's "Elizabeth I."
Louis J. Horvitz, who was directing the Emmys, won best director of best variety, comedy or music program for this year's Academy Awards on ABC.
Two of television's longest-running shows, NBC's political drama "The West Wing" and the network's comedy "Will & Grace" took the first two Emmys for supporting actor and actress.
Megan Mullally won her second Emmy as the spoiled Karen Walker, while Alan Alda picked up his sixth Emmy (he's received 32 nominations) for his role as the unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate on "The West Wing." Both shows ended their multi-season runs in May.
Blythe Danner won her second consecutive supporting actress in a drama series for Showtime's "Huff," which was canceled after its second season ended this year.
The only new face in the mix so far is Jeremy Piven, who received his first Emmy for outstanding actor in a comedy series as the pushy Hollywood agent Ari Gold in HBO's "Entourage."
Though NBC's freshman comedy series "My Name Is Earl" failed to receive a top nomination for best of the year, it won Emmys tonight for director Marc Buckland and writer Greg Garcia.
Also in writing, "The Sopranos" picked up an Emmy for Terence Winter for the "Members Only" episode, beating out two nominations for "Grey's Anatomy," as well as single episodes of "Lost" and "Six Feet Under."
In late-night television, the friendly Emmy rivalry between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert was put to rest tonight as Colbert hugged his former boss as Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" was awarded as outstanding variety, music or comedy series.
Stewart's show won the same award the past four years, but with Colbert now off hosting the network's popular "The Colbert Report," there was some consensus that he might have the momentum to win an Emmy tonight.
Even Stewart, in his acceptance speech, acknowledged his own preference. "I think this year you actually made a terrible mistake, but thank you," he told academy voters as he accepted the statue.
"The Daily Show" also picked up a statute for best writing in a variety, music or comedy program.
Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald received best supporting actress in a movie or miniseries for her role as a young activist in the HBO movie "The Girl in the Cafe." That category was somewhat shadowed by controversy over the nomination of Ellen Burstyn for her 14-second appearance in "Mrs. Harris," also on HBO. Some critics had used it as an example of the problems with the Emmy's new nominating rules this year.
The NBC show, which is being telecast live to the East Coast and tape delayed for airing here in Los Angeles, got off to a satirical start, with host Conan O'Brien invading the sets of many popular television series on his way to the Shrine Auditorium, including "Lost," "The Office," "24" and "House." He also performed a song-and-dance spoof set to the tune of "Trouble" from "The Music Man," reflecting NBC's rating woes.
O'Brien's song and early jokes hit some of television's challenges head on, as he talked about the growing nervousness over the Internet, TiVo and controversy around this year's Emmy voting rules.
Receiving a rousing ovation was "American Bandstand" host and producer Dick Clark, who had suffered a stroke in late 2004. Sitting at the podium on stage, the 76-year-old Clark was visibly moved.
"Thank you very much," he told the audience, his speech shaky and still showing the effects of the debilitating stroke, adding that his childhood dream had come true. "I've been truly blessed."
ABC's Grey's Anatomy" and NBC's "The Office" were among the leading contenders for the 58th annual Emmy Awards. However, since the nominations were announced in July, the Emmys have been shrouded in controversy. New rules were put into place to help newer shows and performers have a better chance of being nominated. Television critics have complained that the nominations had grown staid over the years, with the same faces and shows dominating the proceedings.
But the new rules by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences seemed to have backfired with last year's top drama "Lost" failing to receive a nomination and last year's multi-winner comedy "Desperate Housewives" and its high-profiled stars also coming up empty. Other veteran winners such as James Gandolfini and Edie Falco of HBO's "The Sopranos" also were shut out of the lead actor and lead actress categories.
Unlike past years, where the academy members chose the nominees, a selected group of panelists chose the five nominees in the top categories, including best drama, comedy and acting. And because many TV fans' favorites are missing in action this year, there's some fear that viewership for the Emmy awards will suffer. In fact, ABC is airing "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" opposite NBC's Emmy telecast.
Also, HBO is airing finales for two of its acclaimed shows: "Deadwood" and "Entourage."
It could be a sentimental night for NBC's "The West Wing," which bid its farewell in May after seven seasons and 25 Emmy wins - just one award short of a record in the drama series category. Vying for best drama series along with "West Wing" and "Grey's Anatomy" are Fox's terrorist thriller "24," "The Sopranos," and Fox's top-rated medical series "House."
In the best comedy category, the canceled Fox series "Arrested Development" will face off against HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," NBC's "The Office" and "Scrubs," and CBS' ribald "Two and a Half Men."
In addition to the sentimental tribute to Clark, which included Barry Manilow performing "Bandstand Boogie," the academy is paying respects to the late TV producer Aaron Spelling, the mogul behind "Dynasty," "Charlie's Angels" and "The Mod Squad."
The bulk of the 2006 Emmys were awarded at the Creative Arts ceremony, also at the Shrine, on Aug. 19. HBO topped the list of winners, with 17 - five of them went to the miniseries "Elizabeth I."
ABC led the broadcast networks with 10, followed by NBC with eight, CBS, Fox and PBS with seven each and Cartoon Network with four.
Among the awards handed out were Cloris Leachman, for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" - her eighth Emmy win, making her the winningest female performer in Emmy history. She's also nominated tonight for supporting actress in a movie or mini-series for "Mrs. Harris."
Leslie Jordan won for guest actor in a comedy series for NBC's "Will & Grace.http://theenvelope.latimes.com/award...?coll=env-emmy