Emmys reward old favourites over TV’s shiny newcomers

2014-08-26 08:42

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Los Angeles – For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows Breaking Bad and Modern Family and long-time television actors who held off challenges from film stars.

Breaking Bad, AMC’s unlikely tale of a teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White, won the night’s biggest honour, the Emmy for best drama series, for the second year in a row while lead Bryan Cranston took best drama actor for the fourth time in that role.

It was a nostalgic vote of sorts for the series after it ended on the fifth season with widespread acclaim and devoted binge-watching fans. It held off the ballyhooed HBO anthology True Detective, the bayou thriller starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and fellow film star Woody Harrelson, who Cranston beat.

“Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell to our show,” said Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who also celebrated Emmy wins in best supporting actor and actress categories for Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn.

“This is indeed a wonderful time to be working in television,” Gilligan added. “I think you all know that.”

Modern Family, ABC’s light-hearted take on contemporary family dynamics, won its fifth consecutive Emmy for best comedy series, leaving Netflix’s dark jailhouse comedy Orange Is the New Black as one of the big losers of the night.

Julianna Margulies won best drama actress for her role as lawyer Alicia Florrick in CBS’s The Good Wife.

“I feel like this is the golden age of television, but it’s also the time for women in television,” said Margulies. “I feel very grateful to be here.”

Jim Parsons won his fourth lead acting Emmy for playing the pedantic nerd Sheldon in the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory.

The miniseries Fargo, based on the cult film from the Coen brothers, gave FX Networks its first Emmy for a programme, but actors from the critically acclaimed miniseries lost out on awards despite being heavy favourites, especially lead actor Billy Bob Thornton.

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