Few surprises during Emmys telecast

Aug. 28, 2006 at 2:19 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The biggest surprise of the "58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" was the show broadcast on NBC actually ended within its three-hour timeframe.

Host Conan O'Brien probably played a small part in the unusually brisk pacing Sunday night by producing TV icon Bob Newhart in a glass enclosure with exactly three hours worth of air to breathe.

If the ceremony at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium ran a single minute past three hours, "Bob Newhart dies," O'Brien deadpanned.

Although Newhart was actually released from the glass case to present an award 11 minutes before the deadline, the show finished right on schedule.

The awards themselves produced few surprises.

Kiefer Sutherland won his first award for Fox TV's "24," which also took the top drama Emmy while NBC's "The Office," which has enjoyed critical rather than ratings success, won the prize for best comedy.

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