Cable’s HBO and AMC were the big winners at Sunday’s 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. For the broadcast networks, ABC and CBS won the most statuettes.
ABC’s “Modern Family” led all series programs with three Emmy wins, including outstanding comedy. It also won for supporting actor Eric Stonestreet and writers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. “All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up,” said Stonestreet as he received his Emmy.
AMC’s “Mad Men” repeated as top drama. In addition to its third consecutive Emmy for outstanding series, it won a second Emmy for writing, which went to series creator Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy for the episode titled, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.”
Fox’s “Glee,” which led all series with 19 nominations, won Emmys for supporting actress Jane Lynch and director Ryan Murphy. Murphy dedicated his Emmy “to all my teachers who taught me to sing and fingerpaint.” Lynch praised fellow cast members: “You’re fresh-faced, and when I’m not seething with jealousy, I’m so proud of you.”
Emmy prognosticators were caught off-stride by Kyra Sedgwick of TNT’s “The Closer” for outstanding lead actress in a drama series after being nominated in the category the last five years. Also a surprise, Bravo’s “Top Chef” won for outstanding reality series, breaking the seven-year lock on the award by CBS’ “The Amazing Race.”
Other series winners for comedy were Jim Parsons for lead actor in “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and Edie Falco for lead actress in Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.”
Other categories not presented in the live NBC broadcast were announced August 21st. Click here for that 25-page pdf.