A night of goodbyes for some historic characters

There was more “sweet” than “sorrow” for some TV vets Sunday, as Emmy voters bid a fond farewell to several long-running skeins.

David Hyde Pierce seemed dumbstruck when he took home the first award of the night for supporting actor in a comedy. Kelsey Grammer seemed nearly as shocked when he won for best comic actor.

“It’s not the way I would have gone, but OK,” Pierce said.

While Pierce’s win gave the actor his fourth statuette, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon’s wins for actress and supporting actress in a comedy, respectively, repped the last chances for the two thesps to snag honors for their “Sex and the City” work. Neither had won before.

Both Pierce and Parker submitted their finale episodes for consideration, according to Emmy historian Tom O’Neill.

Nixon seemed particularly surprised by the award. “This is very unexpected,” she said.

Parker also seemed wowed by her win. “This is great punctuation for the end of a long sentence … and well worth the wait,” she said.

Grammer, as always, was calm, cool and collected, even remembering to honor the late John Ritter, who was also nommed. Like Pierce’s, win marked Grammer’s fourth Emmy for playing the good Dr. Crane.

All of the thesps already seemed to miss their former colleagues, with Nixon noting that she doubted she’d “have another job like this.”

And Pierce even took a shot at the current state of the sitcom biz.

“They say television is changing,” he said. “When it changes back, call me.”

Emmy’s final kiss to some old faves shouldn’t have been too surprising.

Academy voters are creatures of habit, and — despite the surprise win for “Arrested Development” — the awards to industry faves like Grammer, Parker, Nixon and Pierce fit that m.o. to a ‘t.’

Even “The Practice” managed one last Emmy win, with James Spader snagging a surprise best actor award. Spader stars in “Practice” sequel “Boston Legal,” which bows later this month.

Last week, another “Boston Legal” star — William Shatner — won best guest actor drama for his work on “The Practice.”

Nostalgia reigned throughout the night. In addition to handing out statuettes, the kudocast also included a lengthy look back at some classic final episodes.

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