The sleek '60s drama "Mad Men" made Emmy history tonight as the first basic-cable show to win a top series award, while the sitcom "30 Rock" and its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin also emerged as winners.
"We're all so very grateful to have jobs in this turkey-burger economy," Fey said after accepting the best comedy series trophy for her satire about a late-night TV show.
Glenn Close of "Damages" and Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" captured drama acting trophies.
"This is the greatest job I've ever had in my life," Baldwin said of his role an a network executive.
He paid tribute to Fey, the show's star and creator, as "the Elaine May of her generation."
"I thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do," said Fey, who also for best actress and writing in a comedy series.
Close, honored for her portrayal of a ruthless attorney, complimented her fellow nominees, including Holly Hunter and Sally Field.
"We're proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy and are high entertainment and can carry a show," she said. "I call us the sisterhood of the TV drama divas."
Cranston won the trophy for his role of a desperate man who turns to making drugs.