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No Surprises: ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ Take Top Honors (Pictures)

No Surprises: ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ Take Top Honors (Pictures)

Posted by Liliana Castaño on August 26, 2014

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was a win for broadcast and cable television, which earned numerous awards as the digital gate-crasher Netflix was nearly shut out.

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” scored big on Monday night, winning a total of five awards, including its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series. The crime drama, about a high school teacher who receives a diagnosis of lung cancer and starts selling crystal meth with a former student, concluded its final season.

Bryan Cranston, who starred in the series as the teacher, Walter White, won the award for best lead actor in a drama series, his fifth Emmy win. The award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series went to Aaron Paul for his role as the former student. Anna Gunn, who played Walter’s wife, Skyler, won the award for outstanding supporting actress.

Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said: “If anyone deserves Emmy bookends, it’s Vince Gilligan. He’s family, and he taught us all to never underestimate chemistry.”

The Emmy Award for best comedy series went to the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” The series tied “Frasier” for a record five consecutive wins. Ty Burrell, who stars as the show’s goofy son-in-law of the family patriarch, won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.

Julianna Margulies won the award for best actress in a drama series for her role in the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife,” about a woman dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s sex and corruption scandal.

The awards represented a win for traditional television, with Netflix being shut out of the prime-time awards for its political drama “House of Cards” and its prison comedy, “Orange Is the New Black.” (Netflix did pick up seven wins in an earlier Creative Arts Emmy Awards program.)

Gwen Stefani at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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