Talk about a political scandal. Despite a troubled season both creatively and ratings-wise, NBC's The West Wing was inexplicably elected best drama series for the fourth consecutive year at Sunday's 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. HBO's Sopranos the perceived frontrunner heading into the ceremony picked up four trophies, including best lead actor for James Gandolfini, best lead actress for Edie Falco, best supporting actor for Joe Pantoliano and best writing. On the comedy side, CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond earned its first outstanding comedy series win, while best lead actor and actress kudos went to Monk's Tony Shalhoub and Will & Grace's Debra Messing. TNT's acclaimed original movie Door to Door, meanwhile, won six trophies, including best made-for-TV movie and best actor for William H. Macy. All told, HBO was the big winner among networks with 18 awards, followed CBS (16), NBC (15) and ABC (9). For my minute-by-minute report backstage at last night's show, click here.
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