‘Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Kitteridge’ big winners at Emmys

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‘Veep,’ ‘Thrones’ Stars Celebrate Emmy Wins at HBO Party.

If the Emmy Awards on Sunday night did anything, they clearly cemented HBO’s dominant position in the industry when it comes to creating powerful TV content: The network took home 43 statuettes for shows like Game of Thrones, which set a record for the most Emmys ever awarded in one year, with 12.

HBO was on fire at the Emmys with a record 14 wins, and the network’s stars appropriately celebrated at a flame-filled after-party following the ceremony. “Veep” co-stars and Emmy champs Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale posed for photos – including selfies – underneath a mammoth rotating fire sculpture erected outside the Pacific Design Center.Many good and just things happened at last night’s Emmys, including the breaking of a persistent racial barrier with Viola Davis’ win for best actress in a drama.

It was a big night for ‘Game of Thrones’ at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards, where HBO’s fantasy hit picked up the highest honor of Outstanding Drama Series.UPDATED: Sunday’s telecast of the “67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” has drawn the show’s smallest audience on record — 11.9 million viewers — according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen that are adjusted for time zone differences. After being denied Emmys’ top prize for years, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss celebrated winning Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama at HBO’s post-show party. “It’s such a surreal experience,” Benioff said. “Dan [Weiss] and I have been [working on the show] eight years now, back to that first meeting with George [R.R. But for fans of one of television’s best shows, which just completed its run, the snubbing of “Man Men” – honored only with Jon Hamm’s much deserved and overdue drama best actor award – is puzzling.

With a total of 12 Emmys, including Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Thrones broke a major record by surpassing ‘The West Wing’, taking home more wins in a single year than any other show. It was down nearly 4 million viewers from last year’s show on NBC (15.6 million), which aired on a Monday in late August and didn’t have to face an NFL game. At the same time, however, both of these industry players should be paying close attention to the performance of a newcomer on the field — namely, Amazon AMZN 0.97% , which won for its series Transparent. Louis-Dreyfus later clapped along as the event’s Latin-flavored house band covered the Buster Poindexter rendition of “Hot Hot Hot” while partygoers noshed on dishes like corn tortellini and beet and quinoa salad.

Here’s how Time described it: It was all but preordained: Mad Men would secure its place in television history with a final Emmy win, and therefore hold the record for most “Best Drama” victories with five sum Emmys. Political satire ‘Veep’, also from HBO, picked up four awards including Best Comedy Series and Best Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, her fourth consecutive win.

As the TV landscape continues to shift and buckle, it creates opportunities for new entrants, and Amazon has shown that it could be a powerful contender. On the other side of the fiery event, “Game of Thrones” cast and crew such as Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner celebrated their fantasy show’s four wins.

The series’ creator Armando Iannucci accepted the award on behalf of the show: “If Veep is about one thing it’s about hope, the hope that anyone in America no matter what their background, their race, their creed, anyone if they work hard can just miss out at getting the top job,” he joked. ‘Veep’ has long been an industry favourite but was seen as a dark horse for the top series win. The 1974 Emmys on ABC likely drew a smaller audience, but a total-viewer count wasn’t available, according to Nielsen; that year’s show was seen in 6.85 million homes, which is the smallest tune-in of the past 60 years.

It’s just really, really fun.” We asked Benioff about how it felt specifically to win for season 5, whose bold storylines drew more controversy than previous seasons. “We never set out to offend anyone,” he said. “To try to offend anyone would be juvenile, but to be afraid to offend people would be cowardly. Netflix NFLX -2.10% has probably already taken note of the online retailer as potential competition, since Amazon took home five Emmy awards and Netflix only got four.

Its victory breaks the stranglehold of sitcom powerhouse ‘Modern Family’, which had won the top Emmy for the past five years. “Let me tell you something,” she said in a moving acceptance speech, “the only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity.” In ‘How to Get Away With Murder’, Davis stars as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who becomes entwined in a murder plot with five of her students. And if you look at the results on an award-per-nomination basis, Amazon did even better: The company got 12 nominations and won five of them, while Netflix got 34 nominations and only won four. Other nominees holding court underneath the party’s blazing centerpiece included “Girls” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Adam Driver and “The Newsroom” leading man Jeff Daniels. Jon Hamm finally broke his infamous losing streak, picking up the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series gong for his performance as the emotionally hollow advertising executive in the concluding stretch of ‘Mad Men’.

Later in the evening, Emmy winner Hale joined his “Veep” co-star Anna Chlumsky on the party’s dance floor, where the pair grooved to a DJ spinning dance tunes alongside bongo players. “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch briefly boogied nearby before returning to hang out with his cast mates. They trail the Oscars on ABC (37.3 million), the Grammys on CBS (24.8 million), the Golden Globes on NBC (19.3 million), the CMAs on ABC (16.3 million) and the ACMs on CBS (16.0 million), while they come in ahead of the AMAs (11.6 million) and Billboard Music Awards (11.2 million), both on ABC.

This means a lot, it’s a very nice feeling.” Benioff and Weiss partied with fellow winner Peter Dinklage, who received his second prize for best supporting actor, and several other members of the cast – including Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Pedro Pascal, John Bradley, and Gwendoline Christie. Other attendees at the HBO after-party included Alan Cumming, Billy Eichner, James Corden, Derek Hough, Kate McKinnon and Viola Davis, who chatted at a table with Niecy Nash late into the night as Davis’ new Emmy stood guard.

But let’s come back to “Mad Men” for a minute, and try to remember what it was about the show that made some of us care about it and now feel a bit ripped off. The TV industry is also notoriously hit-driven, and so the fact that Amazon got a good reception for its Transparent series doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suddenly going to become a Netflix or HBO killer. Eight years of Sterling Cooper and its various successors, and the back-and-forth over the show’s finale – and I was mostly disappointed by it – has surely made some people take the show for granted. When it arrived in 2007, “Mad Men” may’ve been most striking for its look: the art direction, costume design, mid-century-modern furniture, and the quality of the production itself, including the cinematic, Hitchcock-influenced direction. Critics dismissed its line-up of new TV series pitches as weak, and sceptics argued that it wouldn’t be able to compete no matter how many millions founder Jeff Bezos threw at the industry.

What’s interesting is that many of the same things were said about Netflix when it first started producing original content like House of Cards and even Orange Is the New Black. But the best thing about “Mad Men” was its look at an overlooked and misunderstood period in American history. (Admittedly, there was a tension, at the very least, between the show’s love of the era’s aesthetics and its wary critique of its politics.) We’ve been inundated with fantasies about how staid the 1950s were and how the psychedelic ‘60s liberated us from all of that, but the show was far more nuanced in the way that transition took place.

Fox should have benefited from a highly rated NFL overrun, but its Dallas-Philadelphia late-afternoon game was something of a clunker and ended more than 20 minutes before the start of the Emmys. And yet, those shows and others have found a huge audience — primarily among younger TV watchers who have given up on cable and are looking for something else that interests them.

It looked at family mores, the limits of the suburbs, conditions for women and black people, anti-semitism, and the effects of consumerism – without feeling like a lecture. The arcs taken by Peggy and Joan made up some of the show’s best storytelling; it’s too bad neither Elisabeth Moss nor Christina Hendricks, who both racked up six Emmy nominations over the life of “Mad Men,” ever won a statue for their work on the show. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was the dominant program of the night with a 16.3/27 in the overnights, down only slightly from last week’s season opener between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. John Slattery’s playboy (Roger Sterling), Bryan Batt’s closeted art director (Sal Romano), Jessica Pare’s conflicted wife (Megan Draper) and Kiernan Shipka’s wise-child (Sally Draper) brought distinctiveness to their roles.

You could conclude the last season, as I did, thinking that “Mad Men” did not entirely fulfill the critique of consumer capitalism it began in its first episodes. Because of the great claims made for it, and because it appealed to journalists and pundits and mid-century fetishists and others who tend to express opinions publicly, “Mad Men” provoked commentary far beyond its popular following. We are not in the solid outcome business.” Amazon has a number of other potentially high-profile projects in the works, including the popular Top Gear show it rescued after the BBC cut the show off, and a deal with film-maker Woody Allen. According to Amobee Brand Intelligence, a marketing technology company, Twitter sentiment around the #Emmys hashtag was 44% positive, 48% neutral and 8% negative. Let’s give “Game of Thones” its due, but not forget – now that the cigarette smoke has cleared — that Matthew Weiner’s show demonstrated, some weeks, how smart, handsome, and engaging television could be.

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