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HBO Leads Emmy Awards With ‘Grandin,’ Kevorkian Films

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Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Time Warner Inc.’s HBO won eight Emmys, the most of any network, for its TV movie “Temple Grandin,” the miniseries “The Pacific” and a film about assisted suicide physician Jack Kevorkian.

AMC’s “Mad Men” nabbed the award for best dramatic series and “Modern Family” on Walt Disney Co.’s ABC won for best comedy during NBC’s live telecast of the 62nd prime-time Emmy awards tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Cable channels dominated the drama, TV movies and miniseries categories, while broadcasters won the most awards in comedy. HBO’s made for TV movie “Temple Grandin,” about the achievements of an autistic woman, won five Emmys, including best picture. Also on HBO, the World War II drama “Pacific” won for best mini-series and Al Pacino was named best actor in a TV movie for playing Kevorkian in “You Don’t Know Jack.”

“There is no economic model that says you should put on a 10-part miniseries and make cash on it,” actor Tom Hanks, a co-producer of “Pacific,” said of HBO during his acceptance speech. “Yet somehow they had faith in us.”

Julia Ormond and David Strathairn won Emmys for playing supporting characters in “Temple Grandin,” while Claire Danes won for her lead role as the namesake character. Adam Mazer won for writing “You Don’t Know Jack.”

Fox’s “Glee” and ABC’s “Modern Family,” two comedies in their first seasons, won two Emmys each, leading broadcast networks to dominate the category.

Comedy Emmys

Comedy Emmys also went to “Modern Family” supporting actor Eric Stonestreet and “Glee” supporting actress Jane Lynch. Edie Falco won the only comedy Emmy for a cable outlet for her role in Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” while Jim Parsons captured the Emmy for best comedy actor for his role in CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory.”

“Modern Family,” a satirical look at the complicated nature of families today, also won an Emmy for writers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, while the comedy directing award went to Ryan Murphy of “Glee,” about a high-school singing troupe.

In dramatic series, cable shows dominated, with only CBS’s “The Good Wife” preventing a sweep of the genre for pay-television channels.

Bryan Cranston won for lead actor in a drama for his role in “Breaking Bad” on AMC, owned by Cablevision Systems Corp. and Kyra Sedgwick won for her lead role in “The Closer” on Time Warner’s TNT. Aaron Paul won the best-supporting award for his role in “Breaking Bad,” while Archie Panjabi won in the category for her role in “The Good Wife.”

‘Mad Men’ Again

Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy won the Emmy for dramatic writing for AMC’s “Mad Men,” the series about the advertising industry in New York in the 1960s. Steve Shill won the directing award for “Dexter,” the series about a serial killer on CBS’s Showtime channel.

“Top Chef,” on NBC Universal’s Bravo channel, was voted best reality program, ending a seven-year run for “The Amazing Race” on CBS. And Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” took the Emmy for best variety, music or comedy series, its eighth straight win.

The Academy tapped George Clooney for its “Bob Hope Humanitarian” award.

To contact the reporters on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net;

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