Sex' appeals

Round-up of comedy Emmys

Sex And The City has become the first cable show to win a major Emmy award.

The show was named best comedy at the ceremony which finally went ahead last night after two cancellations because of terrorism and war.

Host Ellen DeGeneres joked: "What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?"

Sex And The City creator Darren Star admitted: "We did not think we were going to win, but it's nice to know that if you are on cable, you still can win an Emmy.""

And executive producer Michael Patrick King told The Hollywood reporter he was surprised that the series, shown on HBO, won this year, after what he described as "the darkest season we've ever had".

The show had 21 nominations, including one for Sarah Jessica Parker as best comedy actress.

But she was beaten to the title by Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond, claiming her second consecutive Emmy

Will and Grace star Will McCormack was named best comedy actor.

In the supporting role categories, Ally McBeal's Peter MacNicol and Everybody Loves Raymond 's Doris Roberts took home the honours.

Malcolm in the Middle took its second Emmy for best directing and its first for outstanding writing in a comedy.

And The Late Show with David Letterman won the best variety, music or comedy series gong for the fourth year in a row,

Published: 5 Nov 2001

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