<EM>The Life and Death of Peter Sellers</EM> The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Those wiseguys from The Sopranos, absent from the Emmy contest this year, apparently contracted out a hired gun named Inspector Clouseau to get the job done for HBO on Sunday night. Fueled by nine wins for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers including a gold lady for star Geoffrey Rush HBO amassed 27 Emmys overall, the same tally as the top two broadcast networks, ABC (with 16) and CBS (11), COMBINED. Monk's Tony Shalhoub and Medium's Patricia Arquette were the night's "not-so-expected" wins. Felicity Huffman beat out Housewives favorites Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross for lead actress in a comedy series, and everybody showed Raymond a last round of love by giving the defunct CBS laffer three more Emmys, including outstanding comedy series. On a final note, Lost viewers finally learned what was at the bottom of the hatch: an outstanding drama series win.