- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2003

LOS ANGELES — NBC’s “The West Wing,” despite shrinking viewership, took the Emmy award for best drama last night, and CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” won for best comedy.

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, who play the husband and wife in HBO’s mob family drama “The Sopranos,” won best actor awards for a drama series at the Emmys’ 55th annual ceremony.

“I wish for everyone a working experience like we have,” Miss Falco said, adding “we have inadvertently created the perfect working environment.”

Debra Messing of NBC’s “Will & Grace” and Tony Shalhoub, who plays an obsessive detective on USA’s “Monk” were honored as best actress and actor in a comedy series.

“Oh my God,” said an exuberant Miss Messing, who was nominated three times before and went home empty-handed. “I never thought this was going to happen.”

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. William H. Macy, who portrayed Porter, won best actor in a miniseries. The movie also won writing and directing awards.

Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett, who play two members of the battling Barone family on CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond,” were honored as supporting actors in a comedy series.

Mr. Garrett, who went on a short walkout from work on the new season of “Everybody Loves Raymond” in a contract dispute, jokingly thanked CBS and the show’s producers for not firing him.

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” was also honored for its writing.

The Emmys also paid tribute to stars who had died this year, including John Ritter, Bob Hope, Gregory Hines, Johnny Cash and Katharine Hepburn.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” won for best writing in a comedy series, while “The Sopranos” won best writing in a drama series.

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

In the miniseries or movie categories, Maggie Smith won lead actress for “My House in Umbria.” The movie “Hysterical Blindness” won best supporting actor and actress honors for Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands, respectively.

Wayne Brady was named best individual performer in a variety or musical program for “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

“Cher: The Farewell Tour” was named best variety, music or comedy special.

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.

Mr. Cosby also shared a lighthearted memory of bringing his son Ennis with him to work on an episode of the animated series “Fat Albert.” Ennis Cosby was shot to death in Los Angeles in 1997.

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