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  • 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Closer,' 'Nurse Jackie' Lead Cable's Emmy Haul
    AMC's Ad Series, Cranston Register Threepeats; Sedgwick, Falco Win Comedy, Drama Statues
    Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 8/30/2010 12:26:13 AM

    It was a good night for cable at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, as the medium took home top honors in the drama category, grabbed three of the four lead acting statues, scored an upset in the reality show category, while HBO again dominated the miniseries and telepic picks.
    For AMC, good things came in threes, with the Rainbow Media Holdings service garnering a third consecutive outstanding drama Emmy for Matt Weiner's Mad Men. The retro advertising Series beat out series stablemate Breaking Bad, whose star Bryan Cranston earned his third straight best actor Emmy for his portrayal of Walt White. Moreover, Cranston's Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul broke through, grabbing the best supporting actress laurels for his role of Jess Pinkman.
    Mad Men also got the best drama call over Showtime's serial killer series Dexter, HBO's vampire skein True Blood, ABC's outgoing Lost and CBS's rookie series entry The Good Wife.
    Mad Men also took home an Emmy for best drama writing for Weiner and Erin Levy's work on the installment dubbed, "Shut the Door. Have a Seat."
    Meanwhile for Kyra Sedgwick, the fifth time was the charm. She finally landed the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her portrayal of deputy chief Brenda Lee Johnson in TNT's The Closer. Her work in the episode entitled "Maternal Instincts." It was Sedgwick's fifth nomination for the best actress Emmy on what has been ad-supported cable's most-watched original series.
    Her triumph denied Glenn Close a threepeat of her own as best drama actress award for FX's, now DirecTV's, Damages. Segdwick, who thanked her Closer character for being "close to my heart and never failiing to surprise me," also topped Connie Britton on DirecTV/NBC's Friday Night Lights; Julianna Margulies for CBS's The Good Wife; Mariska Hargitay in NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; and January Jones in Mad Men.
    Edie Falco earned the Emmy for outstaning lead actress in a omedy as the titular character in Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Falco -- who said during her on-stage acceptance speech that "I'm not funny" -- had previously won three Emmys in the lead actress in a drama category for her portrayal of Carmela Soprano in HBO's mob series, The Sopranos. As such, she joins Carol O'Connor in winning statues as the lead actor for comedy (All in the Family) and drama (In the Heat of the Night).
    Falco's performance topped last year's winner Toni Collette from Showtime's United States Of Tara, Lea Michele from Fox's Glee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus from CBS's The New Adventures Of Old Christine, Amy Poehler for NBC's Parks And Recreation, and Tina Fey for 30 Rock.
    Cranston's third consecutive best actor Emmy came over Michael C. Hall for the latter's work as the lead character on Showtime's serial kiler series Dexter; Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights; Hugh Laurie as the lead character on Fox's acerbic medical series House; Matthew Fox as Jack Shepard on Lost; and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men.
    In another streak, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart pushed its Emmy streak to eight in the comedy/variety show category.
    The Amazing Race, though, failed to match that amazing run, as Bravo's Top Chef finally came up with the main Emmy recipe. Bravo's cooking competition series dethroned CBS's stalwart, which had earned the Emmy every year since the category's inception in 2003. Top Chef, which also beat Fox's American Idol, ABC's Dancing With The Stars and Lifetime's Project Runway, had previously won an Emmy for outstanding editing in a reality series in 2008.
    As is its habit, HBO swept the movie and miniseries categories, with autism film Temple Grandin earning Emmys for outstanding made-for-TV-movie, while Claire Danes, David Strathairn and Julia Ormond took home the attendant acting honorw. Al Pacino was Emmy's outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for his take on controversial physician Jack Kevorkian in the premium net's You Don't Know Jack.
    Meanwhile, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's 10-part World War II miniseries The Pacific won the outstanding miniseries award beating out category challenger, PBS's Return to Cranford.
    On the broadcast side, ABC's Modern Family was the big winner, scoring statues for outstanding comedy series, denying NBC's 30 Rock a fourth straight win. Modern Family also notched Emmys for supporting actor for Eric Stonestreet and writing for series co-creators and executive producers Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd.
    Other broadcast rookies, Glee and The Good Wife, netted outstanding supporting actress trophies for comedy and drama for Jane Lynch and Archie Panjabi, respectively.
    And the geek quotient was high: Jim Parsons took home the statue with his second nomination as outstanding actor in CBS's The Big Bang Theory.

    A complete list of the Emmy winners can be found here.

    Below find a look at some of the top categories, with the winners signified in bold.

    Outstanding Drama Series
    Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Dexter (Showtime)
    The Good Wife (CBS)
    Lost (ABC)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    True Blood (HBO)

    Outstanding Comedy Series
    Curb Your Enthusiasm(HBO)
    Modern Family(ABC)
    Glee (Fox)
    Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
    The Office (NBC)
    30 Rock (NBC)

    Outstanding Miniseries
    The Pacific (HBO)
    Return to Cranford (PBS)

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk
    Steve Carell, The Office
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
    Matthew Morrison, Glee

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter
    Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
    Hugh Laurie, House
    Matthew Fox, Lost
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
    Jeff Bridges, A Dog Year
    Ian McKellen, The Prisoner
    Michael Sheen, The Special Relationship
    Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
    Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
    Lea Michele, Glee
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
    Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock
    Toni Collette, United States of Tara

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
    Glenn Close, Damages
    Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
    Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
    January Jones, Mad Men

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
    Maggie Smith, Capturing Mary
    Joan Allen, Georgia O'Keeffe
    Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
    Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
    Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
    Chris Colfer, Glee
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
    Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
    Ty Burrell, Modern Family
    Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
    Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
    Martin Short, Damages
    Terry O'Quinn, Lost
    Michael Emerson, Lost
    John Slattery, Mad Men
    Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
    Michael Gambon, Emma
    Patrick Stewart, Hamlet
    Jonathan Pryce, Return to Cranford
    David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
    John Goodman, You Don't Know Jack

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
    Jane Lynch, Glee
    Julie Bowen, Modern Family
    Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
    Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
    Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
    Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    Sharon Gless, Burn Notice
    Rose Byrne, Damages
    Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
    Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
    Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
    Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
    Kathy Bates, Alice
    Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin
    Catherine O'Hara, Temple Grandin
    Brenda Vaccaro, You Don't Know Jack
    Susan Sarandon, You Don't Know Jack

    Outstanding Made for Television Movie
    Endgame (PBS)
    Georgia O'Keeffe (Lifetime)
    Moonshot (History)
    The Special Relationship (HBO)
    Temple Grandin (HBO)
    You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

    Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
    The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
    Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
    Saturday Night Live (NBC)
    The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien (NBC)

    Outstanding Reality Competition Program
    The Amazing Race (CBS)
    American Idol (Fox)
    Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
    Project Runway (Lifetime)
    Top Chef (Bravo)

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