The streak is over. After four straight years on top, the reign of AMC’s Mad Men as best drama series ended tonight at the hands of hot upstart Homeland. Showtime’s freshman terrorism series swept the drama field, just like defending comedy champ Modern Family did on the comedy side. Each won for best series, all acting categories in which they were nominated as well as writing (Homeland) and directing (Modern Family).
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It was a great night for 20th Century Fox TV, which dominated the comedy and drama series fields with Modern Family and Homeland, produced by the studio’s cable division Fox21. The studio previously boasted both the best comedy and drama winners in 1999 with David E. Kelley’s Ally McBeal and The Practice. It was also a big night for CBS Corp., with the company winning the drama and reality-competition series categories with Showtime’s Homeland and CBS’ The Amazing Race, along with three of the four lead series actors with Homeland‘s Demian Lewis and Claire Danes and Two And A Half Men‘s Jon Cryer, a surprise winner. Homeland delivered the first-ever best series win for Showtime as well as the pay cable network’s first Emmys in the other three categories. With its strong run tonight, Homeland tied Game Of Thrones as the program with the most wins this year. (All of GOT‘s trophies came at the Creative Arts Emmys.) CBS, which also took the best reality program award for Undercover Boss at the Creative Emmys for a sweep of the top reality categories, was the broadcast network with most wins for second straight year with 16. HBO was No. 1 overall with 23 Emmys, paced by Game Change, which won four Emmys tonight, including best movie/miniseries.
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There were a couple of big surprises tonight, notably the complete shutout of Mad Men and Girls and the almost complete ones of AMC’s Breaking Bad and FX’s American Horror Story. Mad Men‘s drought was the most shocking because it also included the Creative Emmys, leaving the 1960s-set drama with zero wins out of 17 nominations for the biggest shutout in Emmy history. Girls, which won for casting in a comedy series at the Creative Arts Emmys, didn’t get recognition for its creator-director-star, Lena Dunham, who is considered TV’s “it” girl at the moment but, at just 26, she seems destined for Emmy glory. Meanwhile, 30 Rock, created by/starring Tina Fey, in whose footsteps Dunham is following, was shut out completely for a second consecutive year.
Breaking Bad had been heavily tipped as a frontrunner in several categories, including best drama series and best actor Bryan Cranston. Instead, the series’ only win on the night came for co-star Aaron Paul in the supporting actor category. He was able to extend his streak to two consecutive wins in the category after winning the previous time the show was eligible, in 2010. But Cranston’s win streak ended at three. Similarly, FX’s American Horror Story‘s only win tonight came in the supporting actress in a drama series category for Jessica Lange. AHS may have suffered a backlash from the controversial decision to submit itself as a miniseries and not a drama series as the show could only convert two of its 17 nominations — one tonight and one at the Creative Emmys. Meanwhile, Downton Abbey‘s move from the movies/miniseries field, which it dominated last year, to drama series, misfired as the British import only scored one nod tonight for Maggie Smith. Read More »