If you happened to miss the 64th Primetime Emmys last night, all you need to know today is, cable television killed it and Homeland dethroned Mad Men of its rule as the leader of dramatic television. HBO and Showtime took home six and four awards, respectively while ABC walked away with five while CBS snagged three. Both Fox and NBC left last night's broadcast empty handed. Has cable television programming finally overcome the behemoth that is broadcast television? We'll save the sweeping generalizations to the other websites. Regardless, it's clear that the risks channels like HBO and Showtime have taken in their programming–look no farther than Game Change, HBO's controversial political drama about Sarah Palin–definitely paid off this year. Speaking of Game Change, its cast and crew earned four awards last night, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie which went to Julianne Moore for her eerily spot-on portrayal of Sarah Palin. (That accent!)
Modern Family won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second year in a row, with two of its cast members also earning awards: Eric Stonestreet for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series and Julie Bowen for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series. Comedian Louis C.K. won two awards: Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series for his FX show, Louie and Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special for his comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater. Of course the big winner of the night was the Showtime drama, Homeland. The show won both Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series, going to Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. However the big win for Homeland was Outstanding Drama Series. Homeland beat out out long-running champ Mad Men which had won the award for the past four years.
You can view a full list of this year's nominees and winners here.