'30 Rock' repeats at Emmys but Toni Collette among new faces
As predicted, "30 Rock" three-peated as best comedy series at the Emmy Awards. And Alec Baldwin also took home his second consecutive lead actor Emmy for "30 Rock." Baldwin continued the Lorne Michaels love-in that began with shout-outs from guest acting winners Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake. They won in the first year that guest shots on "SNL" were eligible for consideration.
However, last year's lead actress champ, Tina Fey, was bested by Toni Collette, who won for the first season of "United States of Tara." Playing multiple personalities won Emmys for Sally Field ("Sybil") and Lindsay Wagner ("The Bionic Woman") in the 1970s and Cynthia Nixon ("Law & Order: SVU") last year.
And two Emmy first-timers also won the comedy series supporting awards. Jon Cryer finally prevailed for "Two and a Half Men" after three losing bids to Jeremy Piven of "Entourage," who was snubbed this year. And Kristin Chenoweth won for the second and final season of "Pushing Daisies," which is doing just that after being axed by ABC last year. A decade ago, Chenoweth won the featured actress Tony Award for her appearance as little sister Sally in the tuner "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown."
Matthew Hubbard also made it two in a row for "30 Rock" in the writing race. Last year it was show creator Tina Fey who won. The comedy series directing win by Jeff Blitz for "The Office" marks the first time in six years that this award did not go to the helmer of a pilot.