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August 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It was perhaps appropriate that the end of the summer rerun season should feature an Emmys ceremony of mostly repeat awards. Viewers of Monday night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards saw AMC’s Breaking Bad win a total of five awards, including, for the second consecutive year, the prize for outstanding drama series. The award for best comedy series went to ABC’s Modern Family — for the fifth consecutive year. In the acting categories, Bryan Cranston, who starred in Breaking Bad as a teacher diagnosed with lung cancer who starts manufacturing drugs with a student, won the top award in the drama category, while Aaron Paul, who played the student won for supporting actor. Julianna Marguilies of CBS’s The Good Wife took the actress award in the drama category, while Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad won for supporting actress. Jim Parsons of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory repeated in the comedy category for best actor, while Ty Burrell of Modern Family won for supporting actor. The award for comedy actress went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for HBO’s Veep, while Allison Janney of CBS’s Mom took the supporting actress Emmy. Taking note of the fact that most of the awards went to cable TV shows, New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley noted that "the most rewarded series are also the ones that penalize audiences with costs that add up and count many viewers out. And that makes the Emmys, a ceremony that is always carried by a broadcast network, a paradox: a water-cooler event that increasingly exalts the boutique, paid-for television experience." (Of 114 million U.S. TV homes, 103 million pay for cable, satellite, or telco service.) One paid-for medium that failed to win any major awards Monday night was Netflix. Despite being nominated in 31 categories — 12 for Orange Is the New Black and 13 for House of Cards alone — Netflix came away empty-handed.