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Emmys: 'Breaking Bad' Ascends, 'Modern Family' Continues Reign

22 Sep, 2013 By: John Latchem



The acclaimed AMC drama “Breaking Bad” completed its ascendancy to the pinnacle of the zeitgeist Sept. 22 by capturing Outstanding Drama Series at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The series, which has been gaining stature the past few years thanks to strong word of mouth and intense Internet buzz, had been nominated in the category three times previously, losing out to “Mad Men” twice and “Homeland” last year.

The timing couldn’t be better for the show, coming a week before its series finale, and a complete-series set due Nov. 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The batch of episodes that earned the Emmy, marketed as the first half of the fifth season, was released on Blu-ray and DVD in June.

“Breaking Bad” won a total of three Emmys, including a supporting actress nod for Anna Gunn and single-camera picture editing.

On the comedy side, “Modern Family” won its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, equaling the win totals of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (which also won four in a row), “All in the Family” and “Cheers.” “Modern Family” is only the second comedy series to win the Emmy its first four years on the air, following “Frasier,” which went on to win five straight ("Hill Street Blues," "The West Wing" and "Mad Men" won four in a row out of the gate in the drama series category). Fox is set to release the fourth season on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 24. The show also won for directing.

HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, released on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 17, won 11 Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and Best Actor for Michael Douglas.

The three Netflix series nominated for awards, the first Web-based to achieve that honor outside categories dedicated to that medium, were shut out of any major category wins, although the much-hyped Netflix series “House of Cards” ended up with three Emmys out of nine nominations. The pilot episode won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for David Fincher, adding to the two Creative Arts Emmys it won for casting and cinematography.

In addition to its availability via Netflix streaming, the first season of “House of Cards” is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Pictures.

Title Wins Categories Studio Disc
30 Rock 2 Writing, Casting Universal Season 7 available on DVD
American Horror Story: Asylum 2 Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actor — James Cromwell, Sound Editing Fox Season 1on DVD and Blu-ray Oct 8
American Masters 2 Documentary/Nonfiction Series, Directing — Mel Brooks: Make a Noise PBS Available on DVD
Banshee 1 Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role HBO Season 1 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Behind the Candelabra 11 Best Miniseries/TV Movie, Lead Actor — Michael Douglas, Directing — Steven Soderbergh, Casting, Art Direction, Editing, Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Makeup, Prosthetic Makeup, Costumes HBO Available on DVD and Blu-ray
The Big Bang Theory 3 Comedy Lead Actor — Jim Parsons, Guest Actor — Bob Newhart, Technical Direction Warner Season 6 available on DVD and Blu-ray
The Big C: Hereafter 1 Miniseries/TV Movie Actress — Laura Linney Sony Pictures Not yet announced for disc
Boardwalk Empire 5 Drama Supporting Actress — Bobby Cannavale, Art Direction, Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing HBO Season 3 available on DVD and Blu-ray
The Borgias 1 Costumes Paramount Season 3 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Breaking Bad 3 Best Drama Series, Supporting Actress — Anna Gunn, Editing Sony Pictures Season 5 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Children's Hospital 1 Short-Format Live-Action Warner Season 4 available on DVD
Da Vinci's Demons 2 Main Title Design, Theme Music — Bear McCreary Anchor Bay Season 1 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Downton Abbey 1 Music Composition PBS Season 3 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Game of Thrones 2 Makeup, Special Visual Effects,  HBO Season 3 on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 18
The Good Wife 1 Drama Guest Actress — Carrie Preston Paramount/CBS Season 4 available on DVD
Homeland 2 Drama Lead Actress — Claire Danes, Writing Fox Season 2 available on DVD and Blu-ray
The Hour 2 1 Writing for a Miniseries/TV Movie or Dramatic Special BBC Available on DVD and Blu-ray
House of Cards 3 Drama Series Directing — David Fincher, Casting, Cinematography Sony Pictures Season 1 available on DVD and Blu-ray
How I Met Your Mother 2 Comedy Series Editing, Cinematography Fox Season 8 on DVD Oct. 1
Louie 1 Comedy Guest Actress: Melissa Leo Fox Season 3 not yet announced for disc
The Men Who Built America 2 Nonfiction Sound Editing, Costumes Lionsgate/A&E Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Modern Family 2 Best Comedy Series, Directing Fox Season 4 available on DVD and Blu-ray
The Newsroom 1 Drama Lead Actor — Jeff Daniels HBO Season 1 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Nurse Jackie 2 Comedy Supporting Actress — Merritt Wever, Sound Mixing Lionsgate Season 4 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Political Animals 1 Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actress — Ellen Burstyn Warner Available on DVD
Scandal 1 Drama Guest Actor — Dan Bucatinsky Disney/ABC Season 2 available on DVD
South Park 1 Animated Program — "Raising the Bar" Paramount Season 16 available on DVD and Blu-ray
Veep 2 Comedy Lead Actress — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Supporting Actor — Tony Hale HBO Season 2 not yet announced for disc

 


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