Los Angeles Everybody loved "Raymond" one more time at the Emmys, honoring the show Sunday as best comedy series for its final season and denying newcomer "Desperate Housewives." Another first-year hit, "Lost," won best drama honors.
"All year long they've been asking us, 'Do you think, now that your show is going, that this means the end of the sitcom?"' said "Everybody Loves Raymond" executive producer Phil Rosenthal. "I want to say, yes. I also think, beyond that, it's the end of laughing and soon the end of smiling."
Felicity Huffman and Patricia Arquette became first-time Emmy winners as they received lead actress honors while Tony Shalhoub and James Spader once again proved favorites in the best actor category.
"I've turned into one of those actresses and I'm sorry," Huffman, who plays an overwhelmed homemaker on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," said as she teared up at the start of her acceptance speech.
She thanked "the women of Wisteria Lane," her co-stars Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher - also nominees in the category - and Nicollette Sheridan and Eva Longoria.
Arquette, who plays a crime-solving psychic in NBC's "Medium," won the best drama series actress award.
"I want to thank you for this honor, for putting me in this incredible company," she said. She offered her "respect and gratitude" to volunteers helping Hurricane Katrina victims and issued a prayer that soldiers in Iraq "come home safe and sound."
Other past Emmy favorites grabbed trophies at Sunday's ceremony, with Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and William Shatner of "Boston Legal" receiving best supporting actor honors.
Garrett received his third Emmy for the CBS sitcom and Shatner received his second Emmy for the character of egotistical lawyer Denny Crane, who also had first been featured on "The Practice."
Roberts appeared on stage with two grandsons at her side.
"This is the icing on the cake," she said, accepting her fourth trophy for her role as a meddling mother-in-law. "Nine wonderful years on 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and to finish it off with this is wonderful."
Blythe Danner was named best supporting actress in a drama for Showtime's "Huff."
"I think my husband Bruce Paltrow is up there, stirring this up for me," Danner said, making a sentimental reference to her late husband, a director.
Host Ellen DeGeneres paid brief tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The magnolia on her lapel was for them; presenters also were asked to wear the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi. And Jon Stewart, a winner and a presenter, did a comedic bit that blasted the federal response to Katrina. But for the most part, the tragedy that had drawn Americans to their TV sets received scant attention as the ceremony's focus remained mainly on the awards.
The ceremony did include a tribute to late-night king Johnny Carson, the "Tonight" show host who died this year, with David Letterman remembering the man who entertained America and was mentor to so many comedians.
The ceremony also honored network TV's veteran news anchors, the retired Dan Rather of CBS and Tom Brokaw of NBC and the late Peter Jennings of ABC.
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" repeated as best variety, music or comedy series and again won for writing.
Emmy voters were in an eclectic mood, scattering the awards to a variety of winners and keeping even top winners to modest hauls. "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" each won three awards Sunday, while "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" claimed two.
Premium channel HBO emerged as the most-honored with a total of 27 awards, including seven honors Sunday and 20 trophies given at last week's Creative Arts Emmys recognizing technical and other achievements.
ABC received a total of 16 awards, followed by CBS with 11, NBC and PBS with 10 each and Fox with six.
And the winners are ...
Complete list of winners at Sunday's 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: Drama Series: "Lost," ABC. Comedy Series: "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS. Miniseries: "The Lost Prince" (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS. Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central. Made-for-TV Movie: "Warm Springs," HBO. Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race," CBS. Actor, Drama Series: James Spader, "Boston Legal," ABC. Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," USA. Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Geoffrey Rush, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," HBO. Actress, Drama Series: Patricia Arquette, "Medium," NBC. Actress, Comedy Series: Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives," ABC. Actress, Miniseries or Movie: S. Epatha Merkerson, "Lackawanna Blues," HBO. Supporting Actor, Drama Series: William Shatner, "Boston Legal," ABC. Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Brad Garrett, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS. Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Paul Newman, "Empire Falls," HBO. Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Blythe Danner, "Huff," Showtime. Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS. Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jane Alexander, "Warm Springs," HBO. Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Hugh Jackman, "The 58th Annual Tony Awards (2004)," CBS. Directing for a Drama Series: "Lost: Pilot (Part 1 & Part 2)," ABC. Directing for a Comedy Series: "Desperate Housewives: Pilot," ABC. Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," HBO. Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: "The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad - Opening Ceremony," NBC. Writing for a Drama Series: "House: Three Stories," Fox. Writing for a Comedy Series: "Arrested Development: The Righteous Brothers," Fox. Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," HBO. Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central.