CARRIED on the shoulders of its miniseries "Elizabeth I" and its movie "The Girl in the Cafe," HBO continued to dominate those long-form categories Sunday night, perhaps silencing -- for now -- critics who have questioned whether the network still has what it takes to make quality programming.
HBO won a total of nine awards at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, more than any other network -- broadcast or cable. NBC won six, the next highest. In all this award season, HBO took home 26 Emmy statuettes, followed by NBC with 14.
In recent years, premium cable channels such as HBO as well as broadcast networks have faced competition from a proliferation of cable networks, many of them developing their own original programs. What's more, the network has lost some of its signature shows, such as "Six Feet Under," and is coming up on the final season of "The Sopranos" -- the show that arguably made the network. To date, HBO is still lacking series to replace them, even as it continues to dominate movie and miniseries categories.
The crowded field that HBO now finds itself in was in evidence Sunday night as basic cable channels took home their share of statuettes. "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on the ad-supported cable network Comedy Central took top honors for outstanding variety, music or comedy series and outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series. FX's canceled "Thief" and USA's "Monk" won Emmys for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie (Andre Braugher) and outstanding lead actor in a comedy series (Tony Shalhoub).