"Congratulations guys, unbelievable" host Neil Patrick Harris said of seven-time Emmy champ Amazing Race at Sunday's 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. "Upsets at every turn."
Harris was joking about his loss in the supporting comedy actor category to Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer, but also ironically summing up the mood on a night when repeat winners ruled with just a few new faces sprinkled in.
30 Rock and Mad Men repeated their wins in the comedy and drama series categories. Comedy lead actor Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), drama lead actress Glenn Close (Damages), drama lead actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), variety series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and reality host Jeff Probst (Survivor) all repeated in their categories as well.
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"Neil Patrick Harris, this is how you host the Emmys," Probst told Harris upon accepting his award, referring to last year's much-maligned hosting effort with the five reality host nominees, including Probst.
Emmy darling Tina Fey lost to a dark horse, United States of Tara's Toni Collette, in the lead comedy actress race, and 24's Cherry Jones surprised in the drama supporting actress category, trumping defending champ and favorite Dianne Wiest (In Treatment).
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A crying Kristin Chenoweth won the first Emmy of the night for her supporting role in the now-defunct Pushing Daisies and noted in her speech that she is now unemployed — and a fan of Mad Men and The Office, among other shows.
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Other winners included Lost's Michael Emerson for drama supporting actor, Jessica Lange for miniseries lead actress for HBO's Grey Gardens, which won for TV movie. PBS miniseries Little Dorrit picked up three awards, including best miniseries.
See all the winners here.