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Breaking Bad and Modern Family win top Emmys


There was no big sweep from any single show at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Breaking Bad took home the top honour at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the best drama series prize for the first time, as AMC's gritty tale of a schoolteacher-turned-meth kingpin heads into the homestretch of its final season.

In the best comedy series category, ABC's Modern Family was a return winner as the show about unconventional families won the top award for the fourth consecutive year.

The US television industry's top awards honoured a mix of old and new shows, with more than a few upsets in the acting categories, and much talk about the trends transforming today's television – binge-watching, mobile viewing and online streaming.

Tony Hale won best supporting actor in a comedy series for his role in Veep. -- AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter

Television streaming pioneer Netflix Inc's groundbreaking political thriller House Of Cards took home an award for directing, but failed to score wins in best drama and best acting categories.

Premium cable veteran HBO, which lead the field with 108 of the more than 500 nominations, proved its staying power in the increasingly competitive television industry, where basic cable and Netflix have challenged its high-quality production.

Jeff Daniels, who plays a jaded anchorman in HBO's The Newsroom, scored an upset win for the best actor in a drama, while Claire Danes clinched her second consecutive best drama actress Emmy for her role as a bipolar CIA agent in Homeland.

Daniels beat front-runner Bryan Cranston, who was looking for this fourth best actor Emmy in his role as unlikely drug kingpin Walt White in the AMC drama Breaking Bad, and Kevin Spacey, who made waves as a cutthroat congressman in House Of Cards.


Jeff Daniels is elated with his first Emmy win. -- EPA/Paul Buck

"I didn't expect this," Daniels said. "I usually don't win anything. The last thing I won was for The Squid And The Whale, best actor over 50 from the AARP. With all due respect to the AARP, this is better." (AARP: American Association of Retired Persons.)

HBO also won the best miniseries/movie category with its slick Liberace programme Behind The Candelabra. Veteran actor Michael Douglas won best actor in that category for his portrayal of the pianist, besting his co-star Matt Damon, who played his young lover.

"You deserve half of this," Douglas told Damon. "Do you want the bottom or the top?"

Michael Douglas won an Emmy for his role as Liberace in Candelabra.


The lead comedy acting awards were less of a surprise than the drama category. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the best comedy actress Emmy for the second year in a row for her role as hapless US Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep.

Jim Parsons picked up his third lead comedy actor win for his role as the nerdy and neurotic Sheldon Cooper on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

Anna Gunn picks up an Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series for her work in Breaking Bad. -- EPA/Paul Buck


Good timing appeared to provide a big boost for Breaking Bad. AMC split the final season of Breaking Bad in two. It enjoyed a surge in ratings and a crescendo of critical and social media buzz perfectly timed to when Emmy voters were casting their ballots.

The first six episodes of the eight-episode ending to Walter White's saga, released weekly starting in August, averaged 5.2 million viewers, more than double last year's audience, according to AMC.

"Holy crap! I did not see this coming," Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said as he accepted the award. — Reuters

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Emmy Awards 2013 winners


Check out who won what at US television's biggest night. (List is updated throughout the show.)

THE following is a list of winners (updated throughout the show) at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the highest honours in US television. The Emmys are handed out by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in a televised ceremony from Los Angeles, hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris.

Best drama series

WINNER Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones


House Of Cards

Mad Men 

Best directing for a drama series

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire

Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad

Jeremy Webb, Downton Abbey

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland

WINNER David Fincher, House Of Cards

Best actor in a drama series

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

WINNER Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Best actress in a drama series

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

WINNER Claire Danes, Homeland

Robin Wright, House Of Cards

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Connie Britton, Nashville

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Best supporting actor in a drama series

WINNER Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Best supporting actress in a drama series

WINNER Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Morena Baccarin, Homeland

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Anna Gunn

Best comedy series

The Big Bang Theory



WINNER Modern Family

30 Rock


Best actor in a comedy series

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

WINNER Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Don Cheadle, House Of Lies

Louis C.K., Louie

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Best actress in a comedy series

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

WINNER Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale in Veep. The actors both won awards in the Emmys this year.

Best supporting actor in a comedy series

Adam Driver, Girls

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ed O'Neill, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

WINNER Tony Hale, Veep

Best supporting actress in a comedy series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Jane Lynch, Glee

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

WINNER Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Best miniseries or TV movie

American Horror Story: Asylum

WINNER Behind The Candelabra

The Bible

Phil Spector

Political Animals

Top Of The Lake

Best actor in a miniseries or movie

WINNER Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra

Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra

Toby Jones, The Girl

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End

Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best actress in a miniseries of movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum

WINNER Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake

Best writing, drama series

George Mastras, Breaking Bad

Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game Of Thrones

WINNER Henry Bromell, Homeland

Best writing, comedy series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes

Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, Louie

Greg Daniels, The Office

Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock

WINNER Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock

Best guest actor in a comedy series

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

Will Forte, 30 Rock

Best guest actress in a comedy series

Molly Shannon, Enlightened

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Melissa Leo, Louie

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Best guest actor in a drama series

Nathan Lane, The Good Wife

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Rupert Friend, Homeland

Robert Morse, Mad Men

Harry Hamlin, Mad Men

Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Best guest actress in a drama series

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Diana Rigg, Game Of Thrones

Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

Jane Fonda, The Newsroom

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum

Imelda Staunton, The Girl

WINNER Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

Charlotte Rampling, Restless

Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie

WINNER James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum

Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum

Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra

John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter

Peter Mullan, Top Of The Lake

Best writing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special

Richard LaGravenese, Behind The Candelabra

WINNER Abi Morgan, The Hour

Tom Stoppard, Parade's End

David Mamet, Phil Spector

Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, Top Of The Lake

Best directing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special

WINNER Steven Soderbergh, Behind The Candelbra

Julian Jarrold, The Girl

David Mamet, Phil Spector

Allison Anders, Ring Of Fire

Jane Campion and Garth Davis, Top Of The Lake

Best reality programme

Antiques Roadshow

Deadliest Catch

Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives


Shark Tank

WINNER Undercover Boss

Best reality competition programme

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

WINNER The Voice

Best reality show host

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars

WINNER Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Best variety series

WINNER The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

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Bringing the past back to life


Take a trip down memory lane in the detective noir series Serangoon Road.

A new HBO Asia series entitled Serangoon Road will present viewers a peek into Singapore's colourful past where gangsters, triads and secret societies roamed its streets.

The show, which premieres tonight on HBO, is essentially a detective noir series set in the 1960s just as the British colonial rule ended.

Helming the lead roles are Australian actor Don Hany, who is famed for his role in the Australian series White Collar Blue, Indonesian rising star Ario Bayu, and American actress Joan Chen, renowned for her captivating role in the 1987 Academy Award-winning film The Last Emperor.

The show starts with Sam Callaghan (Hany) reluctantly agreeing to take over the private detective agency of his neighbour, Patricia (Chen), after her husband dies mysteriously.

Throughout the series, viewers follow Patricia as she tries to unearth the truth of her husband's death. Meanwhile, Patricia and Sam work together to solve cases their agency has been hired to do.

At a press conference in Singapore earlier this year, Chen said that her love for old-fashioned detective stories was the reason why she accepted the role of Patricia in Serangoon Road.

Professional help: Following her husband's mysterious death, Patricia (Joan Chen, left) seeks the help of Sam Callaghan (Don Hany) to solve cases brought forward to her late husband's detective agency.

Professional help: Following her husband's mysterious death, Patricia (Joan Chen) seeks the help of Sam Callaghan (Don Hany) to solve cases brought to her late husband's detective agency.

"The story itself is quite exciting as I play a widow who is suddenly forced to take over her husband's detective agency.

"Of course, when Patricia's character was first presented to me, she was somewhat bland but as I got more involved, I tried to expand on her character to make her more interesting," Chen said.

She added that Patricia starts off as a vulnerable character but evolves throughout the show. "Viewers will be able to journey with Patricia and other characters with each new episode."

Chen also said that it is refreshing to see how there is currently more interest in Asian-related materials and how the stereotypical Asian character has evolved with time.

"It is heartening to see many Asian actors being featured in Hollywood, and this basically proves that there is a greater interest in Asian culture and our stories," she said.

The 51-year-old actress added that another highlight for those who watch Serangoon Road would be the 1960s fashion and music.

"If our production ever goes over-budget, I think it could be because of all the hairspray we used," she laughed referring to the beehive do spotted on the show.

Besides the intriguing content, painstaking effort was taken to recreate the sets, costumes and overall atmosphere to emulate the colourful 1960s era.

HBO Asia programming vice-president Erika North said that it was important to provide an authentic backdrop to accompany the story.

"Today, Serangoon Road is a hub of activity with Singapore's very own Little India located there.

"The road however extends beyond Little India and is in fact one of the oldest roads which links the city to the far north-east corner of the island," she said adding that in the 1960s the road travelled through the settlements of the Malay, Chinese, Indian and expatriate communities.

"In fact, this is why the series was named after the road because we wanted something that would signify the multiracial people who probably used this road at the time," North explained.

To provide an authentic feel, elaborate sets were erected at the Infinite Studios in Batam, Indonesia for majority of the scenes.

"We needed a set where we could not only mirror the 1960s era but also a set for us to shoot some of the action sequences which involve explosions and gunfire," she said during a special media tour of the set.

"Every detail was painstakingly researched ... so when you walk into the set, it will feel as if time has turned back," she said adding that details such as retro signage, photographs, carts, bicycles and even cars from the era were incorporated into the scenes to "keep it real".

"Serangoon Road has the right mix of mystery, romance, action and politics and I believe that this groundbreaking show will pave the way for more local content on TV," North concluded.

Serangoon Road premieres tonight at 9pm on HBO (Astro Ch 411 / HD Ch 421). Log on to to read our interview with rising Indonesian actor Ario Bayu.


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