Cable's Mad Men, Adams Sweep Emmys

Broadcast hangs tough in comedy with big wins for 30 Rock
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 22, 2008 3:35 AM CDT
Producer, writer and star Tina Fey, along with cast and crew, accept the award for outstanding comedy series "30 Rock" at the Emmy Awards last night in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Cable shows trumped network TV in last night’s 60th annual Emmy Awards as HBO’s John Adams grabbed 13 awards, a record for a miniseries, the Los Angeles Times reports. AMC’s Mad Men, which led in nominations, took home six trophies, including one for best drama. Glenn Close won best actress in a drama for FX’s Damages, while Bryan Cranston of AMC’s Breaking Bad took a surprise best actor in a drama.

Cable channels nabbed 59 awards, and broadcast garnered 38. But broadcast held its own in comedy, as NBC’s 30 Rock won seven Emmys, including awards for best comedy series, and best comedy actress and actor for Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. The awards show’s opening—in which reality TV hosts discussed having nothing to say—fell flat. “We knew it was gonna be tough,” said Survivor’s Jeff Probst.