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September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After being trounced by the cable networks for years, the broadcast networks made a comeback Sunday night, collecting a slew of Emmy awards for such shows as ABC’s Modern Family, PBS’s Downton Abbey, and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, and The Good Wife. One would be tempted to add DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights to the broadcast list, since its first run on the satellite service last season was intended to give the critically praised but low-rated NBC series enough backing to keep it going for a final season. In a surprise, the show’s Kyle Chandler was named best lead actor in a dramatic series. (The award surprised Chandler, too; accepting it, he remarked, “I knew for a fact that I would not be standing here.”) FNL‘s Jason Katims received the writing award for a dramatic series.

The following are the top Emmy Awards handed out Sunday night.
Drama Series: Mad Men, AMC.
Comedy Series: Modern Family, ABC.
Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights, DirecTV.
Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS.
Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS.
Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly, CBS.
Directing for a Comedy Series: Michael Allen Spiller, Modern Family, ABC.
Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire, HBO.
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, NBC.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central.
Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race, CBS.
Writing for Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Jeffery Richmond, Modern Family, ABC.
Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims, Friday Night Lights, DirecTV.