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Cable Wins Big at The Emmys

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Cable networks in general and HBO in particular were the big winners at the 67th annual Primetime Emmys Awards Sunday night as cable shows took home the lion’s share of awards in the major categories.

HBO series took home both the Best Drama series and Best Comedy series in Game Of Thrones and Veep respectively during the primetime awards telecast aired live on Fox.

Overall HBO won 14 primetime Emmy Awards, while Comedy Central won four. Amazon and Cartoon Network also won multiple awards with two each.

Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus also won the best actress in a comedy series for the fourth consecutive year, while Peter Dinklage won best supporting actor for his role in the Game Of Thrones fantasy series.

 HBO miniseries Olive Kitterage nearly ran the table in the newly-revamped Limited Series category, winning for best limited series, best actress in a limited series (Frances McDormand) best actor in a limited series (Richard Jenkins ) and best supporting actor in a limited series (Bill Murray).

The biggest non-cable award went to How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis, who became the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her role in the ABC series.

Two cable personalities won Emmy awards after ending their respective shows. John Hamm won his first Best Drama Actor Emmy for his role as advertising executive Don Draper in AMC’s Mad Men, while Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show won Emmys for best variety talk series and best director for a variety series for Chuck O’Neill.

Amazon’s Transparent won several awards, including The Best Actor In A Comedy award for Jeffrey Tambor, as well as Best Director for a Comedy Series for Jill Soloway.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.