'Modern Family,' 'Mad Men' lead Emmy winners

City News Service

AMC's Mad Men'' won a record-tying fourth consecutive Emmy award for outstanding drama Sunday night, while ABC's ensemble comedyModern Family'' was named best comedy series for the second year in a row and earned awards for two of its stars, along with prizes for writing and directing.

Julianna Margulies won the Emmy for best drama actress for The Good Wife,'' while Kyle Chander was named best drama actor forFriday Night Lights.'' Jim Parsons repeated last year's win for best comedy actor for The Big Bang Theory,'' and Melissa McCarthy won her first Emmy for her work onMike & Molly.''

I want to speak on behalf of AMC and Lionsgate and my incredible cast and crew, writers, directors ... and say that we are so grateful to the Television Academy for recognizing this show again, recognized by our peers,'' said Mad Men'' creator Matthew Weiner.We want to thank the fans of the show who who support it so wholeheartedly wherever it goes and whatever happens on it. And I want to really particularly (praise) my incredible writing staff and my incredible cast ... They are so talented and so gifted and we all get to go to work tomorrow and that's all we ever want to do.''

NBC's Hill Street Blues'' (1981-84) and The West Wing'' (2000-2003) also won four consecutive outstanding drama series Emmys. NBC'sL.A. Law'' also won four times in the category, but not consecutively.

Modern Family'' co-creator Steve Levitan praised his ensemble cast and thanked the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for honoring the show.

To tell you the truth, there were a lot of years when a lot of people on this stage had failed pilots and shows that didn't go, so we appreciate every single second of this,'' Levitan said during the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre.

In praising the youthful stars on the show, Levitan quipped that `Modern Family' was this close to being animated. That's how much we didn't want to work with kids.''

Last season we were on location and a gay couple came up to us and said, `You know, you're not just making people laugh, you're making them more tolerant,''' he said.And I thought to myself, well, they're right, we are showing the world that there's absolutely nothing wrong with a loving committed relationship between an old man and a hot, young woman. And looking around this room tonight, I see many of you agree.''

Modern Family'' also won supporting actor and actress awards for Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, along with a writing Emmy for Levitan and Jeffrey Richman and a directing prize for Michael Alan Spiller.

Margulies was named outstanding actress in a drama series for her role as an attorney and wife of a disgraced politician in The Good Wife.'' She thanked CBSfor allowing us to be the show that we are and for embracing us wholeheartedly.''

To my spectacular husband, I love being your good wife, and I'm so grateful you have no political aspirations,'' she quipped.... You handle my long hours with such grace and understanding. This, it means nothing without you.''

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