It was another big night for Home Box Office at the Emmy Awards, topping all networks with seven awards presented during the primetime telecast Sunday, including three more for voters' favorite program this year, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Added to the tally from Sept. 11's awards for creative achievement, HBO received 27 Emmy Awards, the most of any network this season. ABChad the second-best total with 16, followed by CBS (11); NBC and PBS (10); Cartoon Network (seven); Fox (six); Comedy Central and Showtime (three); Nickelodeon (two); and A&E Network, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel and USA Network (one).
The Peter Sellers biopic was the most honored show this Emmy season, topping even broadcast juggernauts Desperate Housewives and Lost.Sellers star Geoffrey Rush won for his portrayal of the late comic star. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and director Stephen Hopkins also won, raising the movie's Emmy tally to nine.
HBO’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt biography, Warm Springs,was named best made-for-TV movie, and co-star Jane Alexander was honored for her role as matriarch Sara Roosevelt. That film earned five total Emmys.
In the ceremonies telecast Sunday, cable's other multiple winner was Comedy’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,named as the best variety, music or comedy series. It also won the writing award for that category.
Tony Shaloub was honored as the best actor in a comedy series for his work in Monk on USA.