Breaking Bad won the Primetime Emmy Award for best drama series on Sunday during an evening telecast honoring the best in television. It is the first time the AMC cable series about a high school chemistry teacher who produces and sells methamphetamine has won the top drama prize at the awards.
On the comedy side, Modern Family, which airs on City, won the Primetime Emmy for best comedy series. It is the fourth consecutive year the series has won the top comedy prize at the Emmys.
HBO won the best miniseries/movie category with its slick Liberace program Behind the Candelabra, and veteran actor Michael Douglas won best actor in that category for his portrayal of the pianist, besting his co-star Matt Damon, who played his young lover.
Jeff Daniels, who plays a jaded anchorman in HBO’s The Newsroom, scored an upset win for the best actor in a drama, while Claire Danes was a return winner as best drama actress for her role as a bipolar CIA agent in Homeland.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the best comedy actress Emmy for the second year in a row for her role as hapless U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep. And Jim Parsons picked up his third lead comedy actor win for his role as the nerdy and neurotic Sheldon Cooper on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.