News / Arts & Entertainment

'Breaking Bad' Wins Top Emmy Award

Vince Gilligan and the cast and crew of 'Breaking Bad' accept the award for outstanding drama series on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013.
Vince Gilligan and the cast and crew of 'Breaking Bad' accept the award for outstanding drama series on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013.
VOA News
U.S. television's top honor has been awarded to a show about a schoolteacher who becomes a brutal drug kingpin.

The Primetime Emmy Awards, aired late Sunday in Los Angeles, honored the cult crime show Breaking Bad as the best drama series for the first time. The award comes during the cable show's fifth and final season.

Best Comedy honors went to ABC's Modern Family for the fourth straight year.

In what was considered a surprise, Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best actor in a drama for his portrayal of a TV anchorman in the cable show The Newsroom. The star of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston, was considered the favorite to win the award for a fourth time.

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Tony Hale, winner of the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, celebrate at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards HBO after party in West Hollywood, Sept. 22, 2013.
  • The cast from AMC's series "Breaking Bad" poses backstage with their awards for Outstanding Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2013.
  • Actress Claire Danes accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role in "Homeland" from presenter Jimmy Fallon at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2013.
  • Actress Edie Falco gives a tribute to late actor James Gandolfini at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2013.
  • Host Neil Patrick Harris performs a musical number at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2013.
  • Actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stumble as they take the stage to present the first award at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept 22, 2013.

Best drama actress honors went to Claire Danes for the second straight year for her role as a bipolar CIA agent in cable TV's terrorism drama, Homeland.

Top comedy acting honors went to Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep.
 
Netflix, which made history with the first Emmy nominations in major categories for a TV series delivered online, walked away almost empty-handed; the video streaming service landed just one honor as David Fincher won the Emmy for best drama series directing for House of Cards.
 
Perhaps to the detriment of its own show's Emmy chances, Netflix may have helped boost momentum for Breaking Bad. As past seasons of the show are available on the streaming service, audiences are able to binge on older episodes and get caught up. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan credited Netflix for helping to build his show's audience. “I think Netflix kept us on the air,” he said backstage.
 
AMC also split the final season of Breaking Bad into two, which helped it enjoy a surge in ratings and critical and social media buzz that was perfectly timed to peak as Emmy voters cast their ballots.
 
The first six episodes of the eight-episode ending to Walter White's saga, released weekly starting in August, have averaged 5.2 million viewers, more than double last year's audience, according to AMC data based on live and same-day viewership.
 
Sunday's awards showed cable networks are thriving creatively even as the TV landscape shifts and competition intensifies. In addition to Netflix, other streaming video services including Amazon and Hulu are investing in original series and signing up A-list stars.
 
Netflix won a total of three Emmys out of 14 nominations, including two creative awards handed out a week ago. While it didn't win top series or acting awards, the streaming service with 37 million global subscribers generated plenty of buzz for its original House of Cards series and proved that online shows can compete alongside the highest-quality TV dramas.
 
“I did not see this coming,” surprised Breaking Bad creator Gilligan said when he accepted the show's drama series award on stage. The first competitor that came to mind? “I thought this was going to be House of Cards!” he said.

Some information for this report contributed by Reuters.

You May Like

Turkey: No Ransom Paid for Release of Hostages Held by IS Militants

President Erdogan hails release of hostages as diplomatic success but declines to be drawn on whether their release freed Ankara's hand to take more active stance against insurgents More

Audio Sierra Leone Official Pleased With Ebola Containment Measure

Official says three-day sensitization effort will help reduce infection rate of Ebola disease nationwide More

US Pivot to Asia Demands Delicate Balancing Act

As the tumult in the Middle East distracts Obama, shifting American focus eastward appears threatened More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’i
X
Jeff Seldin
September 20, 2014 10:28 PM
Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
Video

Video Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

President Obama goes to the United Nations General Assembly to rally nations to support a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He also will look for nations to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Obama’s efforts reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

The Hamilton Live

Trumpeter, percussionist and bandleader Etienne Charles was born in Trinidad and blends island rhythms with modern jazz. He and his stellar band perform a rich gumbo of jazz, calypso, reggae, and rock-steady that Charles calls “Creole Soul” on "The Hamilton Live."