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Try as they might, Tony Soprano's mob just can't seem to dispose of President Bartlet's Oval Office staffers. In a startling upset, NBC's The West Wing overcame a season of disappointing ratings and behind-the-scenes turmoil to again capture the top prize for dramatic series, beating out HBO's heavily favored The Sopranos and Six Feet Under at the 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night. With its fourth straight drama series victory, Wing tied the record for consecutive drama nods held by Hill Street Blues (1981-84). The other big success story of the night was TNT's Door to Door, a heartfelt story of an Oregon man who made a career as a door-to-door salesman despite suffering from cerebral palsy. The telefilm was the night's most honored program with a total of six wins. West Wing earned a slew of acting nominations, but the series' only other win on Sunday came for drama series direction for Christopher Misiano, who paid tribute to the series' original creative team.

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