Jon Stewart: Reed Saxon/AP/Wide World
Brian Hiatt
September 22, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Apparently, the only way ”The West Wing” could lose the best dramatic series Emmy is if it went off the air. Despite weakening ratings, the removal of series creator Aaron Sorkin, and critical bashing, ”Wing” still beat favorite ”The Sopranos” at Sunday’s Emmys. It was the show’s fourth win in the row, tying a record by ”Hill Street Blues.”  ””We’re thieves and crooks,” theorized ”Sopranos” star James Gandolfini of his show’s shutout in the category, according to the New York Post. ”They show me in my underwear far too much [and] the subject matter probably turns people off.”

Among the other surprises were multiple nods for William H. Macy’s TV movie ”Door to Door,” the tale of a handicapped door-to-door salesman. CBS’ ”The Amazing Race,” meanwhile, somehow beat out the more popular ”Survivor” and ”American Idol” for the new reality-series Emmy. Plus, John Stewart’s ”The Daily Show” won over David Letterman for best variety, music or comedy series, and Tony Shalhoub (”Monk”) beat Ray Romano and Matt Leblanc for best lead actor in a comedy series. Maybe they’re saving Leblanc’s Emmy for his ”Joey” spin-off?

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