Monte Carlo mad for ‘Men,’ ’30 Rock’

TV fest competition dominated by U.S. and Euro shows

NBC Universal’s “30 Rock” and Lionsgate’s “Mad Men” won international producer kudos for comedy and drama respectively at the 50th Monte Carlo TV Festival, which closed Thursday night.

Blighty’s political satire “The Thick of It,” a big winner at the recent TV BAFTAs, won yet another award as BBC Prods. was named best European producer in the comedy skein category.

European and U.S. TV programs dominated this year’s top prizes with a few exceptions, such as Japan’s NHK-produced Goldfish, which nabbed best TV film and Russia’s WW2 drama “One War,” which drew the director nod for Vera Glagoleva.

Michael C. Hall nabbed drama-series actor for Showtime’s hit show “Dexter,” while Steve Carell took the comedy-skein actor for NBC’s “The Office.” Comedy actress prize was scooped by Diana Amft for Germany’s “Doctor’s Diary.”

Italy’s “Once Upon a Time the City of Fools” took best mini-series and best actor for Fabrizio Gifuni. Thesp Noomi Rapace took the actress nod for popular Swedish mini-skein “The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo.”

As last year, the U.S. won all International TV Audience Awards. Drama went to “CSI: Las Vegas,” comedy was awarded to “Desperate Housewives,” while the soap opera nod was given to “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

French shows, including Canal Plus’ crime series “Braquo” went mostly unnoticed. The only Gallic nod was snatched by Pierre Vernier for best actor in “Farewell De Gaulle, Farewell. ”

In the TV film group, Julie Walters won the outstanding actress prize for her portrayal of the late British politician, Mo Mowlam, repeating her success at the BAFTAs.

This year’s honorary Golden Nymph was awarded to Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, the producer pair behind cult skeins, including “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne” and “That ’70s Show.”

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