HBO’s The Sopranos Wins Best Drama Emmy

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It was not as big a night at the 59th annual Emmy Awards as was expected for The Sopranos, but the critically acclaimed mob drama went off into the sunset as the best drama for the 2006-2007 television season.

But its actors walked away without statuettes. America Ferrera was named the best dramatic actress for Ugly Betty. The people behind the camera fared better, however. The final episode of The Sopranos, that dead air, did-my-cable-just-go-out moment that was the subject of endless discussion, got its final vote of confidence from the Emmy voters. Series creator David Chase won an Emmy for writing the controversial episode, “Made in America.”

Episode director Alan Taylor also won for the Kennedy and Heidi episode. Other HBO winners included Jeremy Piven of Entourage, as best supporting comedy actor; and Ricky Gervais was named best actor in a comedy series for his series Extras. As previously announced, HBO was also one of the Governor’s Award winners for The Addiction Project.

AMC was rewarded for its investment into original filmmaking when its Broken Trail won awards for both lead actor Robert Duvall and supporting actor Thomas Haden Church. It was named best mini-series for the year. The award for best made-for-TV movie went to HBO’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Cable network and Web site Current TV won the interactive Emmy, a category which was included for the first time on the Emmy telecast. Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was crowned the best variety, music or comedy series.

A big marketing investment paid off for USA Network. Its The Starter Wife earned a best supporting actress Emmy for Judy Davis.

In the end, HBO, NBC and ABC each added six awards to their Emmy tallies, followed by PBS and AMC with 3; and CBS, Comedy Central, USA and Current TV each got one in the Primetime telecast.

Adding Sunday night’s totals to those awarded during the creative ceremonies on Sept. 9, HBO performers and shows won the most Emmys, with 21; NBC got 19; ABC and CBS, 10 each; PBS, 9; Cartoon Network, 8; Fox, 7; AMC, Discovery Channel, and Showtime, 4; Bravo, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TNT and USA, 2 each; and ABCFamily.com, CurrentTV.com, Starz Kids and Family and Sci-Fi Channel, one each. 

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