It was a big night for cable at the 67th annual Golden Globes Awards, with AMC's Mad Men taking home best TV series drama, and premium networks HBO and Showtime garnering four and three wins, respectively.
AMC became the first cable network to win the best drama award for the third year in a row with retro advertising series Mad Men, which orbits the professional and personal lives of folks working at a fictitious agency in the 1960s.
Mad Men topped Fox's medical drama House and three other cable contenders: HBO's respective polygamy and vampire series Big Love and True Blood,as well as Showtime's serial killer skein Dexter.
But Showtime did score a pair of awards with the latter. Michael C. Hall, recovering from a bout with cancer, grabbed a Globe for the best performance by an actor in a drama for his portrayal of the title character, Dexter Morgan. Hall beat out Simon Baker in CBS's The Mentalist, Hugh Laurie for his misanthropic doctor in House, Bill Paxton for Bill Henrickson, the leader of polygamist clan in Big Love and Jon Hamm for his role as Don Draper, the troubled but brilliant creative ad executive in Mad Men.
Lithgow won the actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television for his portrayal of Arthur Mitchell, the notorious "Trinity Killer" in Dexter's fourth campaign. Lithgow topped Michael Emerson in ABC's Lost, William Hurt in FX's Damages, Jeremey Piven's crazed agent Ari Gold in HBO's Hollywood buddy series Entourage and Neil Patrick Harris in CBS's How I Met Your Mother.
Showtime made it a hat trick of top actor awards as Toni Collette scored laurels for best performance by an actress in a TV comedy or musical for her portrayal of the multiple personalities of Tara Gregson in the United States of Tara. She prevented Tina Fey from three-peating for her Liz Lemon in NBC's 30 Rock, as well as Edie Falco in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, Courteney Cox in ABC's Cougar Town and Lea Michele in Glee, Fox's rookie series that took home the best comedy Globe.
Also on the women's side, Chloe Sevigny' won the best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or telefilm for her role as Nicki Grant on Big Love.
HBO's Grey Gardens took home a pair of Globes: for best miniseries or telefilm, while Drew Barrymore scored the best performance by an actress in the same category.
HBO added a fourth Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a miniseries or original movie with Kevin Bacon in Taking Chance.
Broadcast captured the other two TV Globes: Alec Baldwin won his second straight best comedy actor award for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy on NBC's 30 Rock; and Julianna Marguiles was voted the best actress in drama series by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Marguiles topped January Jones for Mad Men, as well as a trio of former category winners Anna Paquin in True Blood, Kyra Sedgwick in TNT's The Closer and Glenn Close in Damages.
All told, cable won eight of the 11 TV Golden Globes.
Check out the complete list of nominations and winners here.
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