What a night for AMC.
Bryan Cranston from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” got an Emmy and Mad Men was all over the place.
Paul Giamatti won a deserving Emmy for “John Adams,” which also won as a miniseries. Tom Wilkinson also won an Emmy as a supporting actor in the HBO production.
Comedy writing’s honor went to my dream girlfriend and yours, Tina Fey.
But the biggest surprises of the night were still AMC and cable’s dominance of many major awards. Surprisingly, a ton of Emmys went to low-rated shows that “no one watches.”
House and Hugh Laurie were also shown no respect Sunday. Everyone expected that Laurie was due for an Emmy, but it was Cranston’s night.
By the way, on the creative side, Stargate Atlantis did not win its Emmy. It was nominated for visual effects but lost to Battlestar Galactica.
Here’s the list of primetime winners. Let us know what you think:
Supporting actor, comedy series: Jeremy Piven, “Entourage,” HBO.
Supporting actress, comedy series: Jean Smart, “Samantha Who?,” ABC.
Supporting actor, drama series: Zeljko Ivanek, “Damages,” FX.
Direction, music comedy or variety program: Louis Horvitz, “60th Academy Awards,” ABC.
Supporting actress, drama series: Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment,” HBO.
Writing variety, music or comedy program: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.
Commemorative Emmy for comedy writing: Tommy Smothers.
Lead actress, miniseries or movie: Laura Linney, “John Adams,” HBO.
Outstanding, variety, music or comedy series: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central.
Guest actor, comedy series: Tim Conway, “30 Rock,” NBC.
Guest actress, comedy series: Katherine Joosten, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC.
Directing, comedy series: Barry Sonnenfeld, “Pushing Daisies,” ABC.
Writing, comedy series: Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC.
Made-for-TV movie: “Recount,” HBO.
Supporting actor, miniseries: Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams,” HBO.
Directing, miniseries, movie or dramatic special: Jay Roach, “Recount,” HBO.
Writing, miniseries, movie, dramatic special: Kirk Ellis, “John Adams,” HBO.
Supporting actress, miniseries, movie: Dame Eileen Atkins, “Cranford,” “Masterpiece Theatre,” PBS/BBC.
Reality competition program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.
Miniseries: “John Adams,” HBO.
Individual in a variety or music program: Don Rickles, “Mr. Warmth,” HBO.
Guest actor, drama series: Glynn Turman, “In Treatment, “HBO.
Guest actress, drama series: Cynthia Nixon, “Law & Order Special Victims Unit,” NBC
Directing, drama series: Greg Yaitanes, “House.” Fox.
Writing, drama series: Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men,” AMC.
Lead actor, miniseries, movie: Paul Giamatti, “John Adams, ” HBO.
Lead actor, comedy series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC.
Lead actress, drama series: Glenn Close, “Damages,” FX.
Lead actor, drama series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
Lead actress, comedy series: Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC.
Reality host: Jeff Probst, “Survivor,” CBS.
Comedy series: “30 Rock,” NBC.
Drama series: “Mad Men,” AMC.