Home Box Office and NBC split the Emmy Awards crown this year, with each
network earning 24 statuettes, but FX and Showtime got prominent airtime on this
year's telecast due to awards won by their stars.
In the battle of HBO's Six Feet Under vs. NBC's The West Wing,
the cable drama took home more awards with six, but most of those awards were
bestowed during the nontelevised creative-arts ceremony a week ago.
Other multiple winners were HBO's Band of Brothers (6), HBO's The
Gathering Storm (3), HBO's Sex and the City (3), A&E Network's
A&E in Concert: Sting in Tuscany ... All This Time (2), Discovery
Channel's Blue Planet: Seas of Life (2), Turner Network Television's
James Dean (2) and A&E's Shackleton (2).
A stunned Michael Chiklis, who was named best actor in a drama series for
FX's The Shield, said he had thought he was a long shot because his show
is in its initial, 13-episode season and it's on basic cable.
But he was effusive in his praise of his network home and the promotion it
gave his Emmy bid. 'I was starting to get embarrassed,' he said.
A&E had the second-highest Emmy take among cable networks, at six awards;
followed by Discovery with four; TNT with three, Showtime with two (including
Wild Iris star Laura
Linney) and FX, MTV: Music Television and Nickelodeon with one apiece.