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August 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Demonstrating that the broadcast networks can still compete with cable in the quality department — and attract impressive audiences in the process — such critical and ratings hits as Glee, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and The Good Wife were honored with Emmy awards Sunday night. Modern Family, which debuted last season on ABC, was voted outstanding comedy series. It also won five additional awards, including those presented last week during the separate “creative arts” ceremony. Nevertheless, cable-TV shows, which depend more on quality to attract the loyalty of subscribers than on proven formulas that produce big ratings, came away with the lion’s share of the top awards. In something of a surprise despite the fact that it had received 15 nominations, Temple Grandin, an HBO movie about an autistic woman who forced the redesign of slaughterhouses to make them both more efficient and humane, received the most awards, seven, including best drama actress (Claire Danes) and director (Mick Jackson). The relatively low-budget TV movie knocked off two other more publicized productions, HBO’s $200-million Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks The Pacific, which won only for best mini-series on Sunday (it captured a slew of technical awards at the creative arts presentations last week), and the Jack Kevorkian drama You Don’t Know Jack, which won awards only for Al Pacino, who portrayed Kevorkian, and for writer Adam Mazer. HBO, as usual, came away with the most trophies, 25.