Repeats sweet for 'Desperate,' 'Lost'
The TV series wins again, but Mary-Louise Parker bests the 'Housewives' quartet. Geena Davis carries the vote, and Steve Carell's job at 'The Office' is safe.
The ladies of Wisteria Lane, from left, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Nicollette Sheridan, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross, line up backstage with their Golden Globe for best musical or comedy series. (Ken Hively / LAT)
"Desperate Housewives" won its second consecutive Golden Globe for best TV series, musical or comedy, but that triumph was almost overshadowed when Mary-Louise Parker of Showtime's "Weeds" beat out the stars of the hit ABC series — Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria — for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy. (Huffman was the only one of the "Housewives" who didn't go home empty-handed — she won for best actress in a film drama for "Transamerica.")
As the best TV actress category was being announced, presenter Chris Rock poked fun at the tepid audience reaction to Parker as compared with the cast of ratings dynamo "Desperate Housewives." When he named the winner, Hatcher, who won in the category last year, rose and gave a congratulatory bow to a stunned Parker.
"I didn't have a speech or anything," Parker said. "I thought Felicity was going to win, so I was really surprised."
ABC's "Lost," the hit series about a group of plane-crash victims stranded on a mysterious island, won for best TV series, drama, adding to its Emmy win last year as outstanding TV series.
The double win marked a huge victory for ABC. "It's been such a wonderful year for us," said Steve McPherson, president of prime-time entertainment. "I just can't believe that we're here again in our second year."
Steve Carell, who scored critical raves in last year's hit film "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," won for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy, for his role as the pompous, inept boss in NBC's "The Office."
In the dramatic acting categories, the night proved to be especially rewarding for veteran film actors finding fresh success on the small screen.
Oscar-winner Geena Davis won for best actress for playing the president of the United States in ABC's "Commander in Chief." Davis delighted the audience when she began to relate that a little girl had approached her before the ceremony to say that the show had inspired her to try to become president. A deadpan Davis then added, "That didn't actually happen — but it could have."
Hugh Laurie won best actor in a TV drama as the acerbic physician on Fox's "House."
Paul Newman added a best supporting actor in a TV series, miniseries or TV movie Globe to his previous Emmy award for HBO's "Empire Falls." (The star-heavy "Empire Falls," about the complicated relationships in a small town, also won for best miniseries or motion picture made for TV.)
Sandra Oh won best supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or TV move for her super-ambitious intern on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." Oh, one of the stars of the indie hit film "Sideways," was so excited that she blanked when it came to thanking her support team during her acceptance speech: "I don't remember any of your names," she gasped from stage.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers won best actor in a miniseries or TV movie, for CBS' "Elvis."
Meanwhile, "Law & Order" regular S. Epatha Merkerson continued her "Lackawanna Blues" winning streak when she won for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie. She won an best actress in a miniseries or movie Emmy last year for the HBO film in which she plays the proprietor of a home for emotionally needy people.
"I'm 53 years old, and this is my first lead in a film," Merkerson said. "I feel like I'm 16," she said, then joked that the hot flash she was having was a firm reminder that she, alas, is not.