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article imageEmmys: 'Modern Family' wins comedy; 'Breaking Bad' is top drama

By Tim O'Brien     Sep 22, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The Emmy Awards, with Neil Patrick Harris as host, were presented live in Los Angeles tonight (Sept. 22) and, for the most part, was predictable.
Or, usually is.
However, one big upset, if one could call it that, was when Jeff Daniels of "The Newsroom" beat out Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad." Some would call it an upset, while Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), who has never won this category, may call it something else.
Then look out, something out of the ordinary happened. A few more and that is always a good thing. Many will call Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire"); Tony Hale ("Veep") and Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie") upsets. Truth is, each year many categories can be called upsets. Buy why? An award show should be less predictable and more random. So, those "upsets" could just be a worthy win.
"Breaking Bad" did win for top drama and "Modern Family" took home the top comedy prize.
Top winners
HBO - 27
CBS - 16
NBC - 11
"Behind the Candelabra" - 11
"Boardwalk Empire" - 5
The Emmy Awards rarely offer too much on the excitement meter as year in and year out many of the same names are heard. That could be a reason why so many have gone many years without ever winning.
Once a name gets in that win category, look out, they most likely will win again. Maybe not back-to-back, but as long as their particular show is on, hear go again. Take Jim Parson, for example. He goes a few years without a win. Then after one win, he now has three. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won for three different shows. Some have good luck while others never win. Just ask Hamm or even Bob Newhart. He spent years on successful TV shows, yet he wins for a guest spot on a comedy show, after more than 50 years in the business.
Having Stephen Colbert beat Jon Stewart was indeed nice, but since Stewart's show has won so many times, let's not say upset and just use relieved. No way should any show have a run as long as "The Daily Show" did. It was more of a lack of quality shows in that category than the greatness of "The Daily Show." Some categories are just not strong.
On the Emmys tonight, one of the biggest surprises was when Daniels from "The Newsroom" won over Cranston in "Breaking Bad." The hype, the media buzz and the Internet crowd would make the planet think all things revolve around "Breaking Bad." However, that is not the case. He lost.
What did happen was the supporting players for "Modern Family" were left out but it still won the top prize. That does signal a change. With Aaron Paul and Cranston losing for "Breaking Bad," the concern grew that the show would lose, too. They had to wait until the very last award of the night to find out if they won the top prize. They did.
Then there were the In Memoriam segments, which garnered additional press because five individuals were being singled out. The odd thing, they did not show clips of their work. The other item, when special segments are presented such as this, some are forgotten. For example, Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman. They surely deserved a spot, rather than, say Cory Monteith. That was a sentiment buzzing of late, but getting it right will never be done.
Winners
Outstanding Comedy Series
"Modern Family"
Outstanding Drama Series
"Breaking Bad"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Michael Douglas, "Behind The Candelabra"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Ellen Burstyn, "Political Animals"
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Steven Soderbergh, "Behind The Candelabra"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
James Cromwell, "American Horror Story: Asylum"
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Abi Morgan, "The Hour"
Outstanding Variety Series
"The Colbert Report"
Outstanding Choreography
Derek Hough, "Dancing with the Stars"
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, "Saturday Night Live"
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
"The Colbert Report"
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
David Fincher, "House of Cards"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire"
Outstanding Reality Competition Series
"The Voice"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Henry Bromell, "Homeland"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Gail Mancuso, "Modern Family"
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, "The Big Bang Theory"
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Melissa Leo, "Louie"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Hale, "Veep"
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, "30 Rock"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dan Bucatinsky, "Scandal"
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Carrie Preston, "The Good Wife"
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