The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards have come and gone, with Showtime's political thriller "Homeland" delivering Showtime's first dramatic series Emmy, HBO's controversial "Game Change" winning for best miniseries or movie and ABC's "Modern Family" taking the top comedy series honors for the third straight year.
On the flip side, "Mad Men" failed to earn a single Emmy on Sunday night. That was among the biggest surprises of the evening.
As Times television critic Mary McNamara wrote: "Despite overwhelming consensus that the dramatic portion of the 64th Primetime Emmys would be an intra-AMC face-off between 'Breaking Bad' and perennial favorite 'Mad Men,' Showtime's politically and narratively ambitious 'Homeland' dominated the competition, winning for drama, actress, actor and writing. The wins were not just well-deserved, they saved the broadcast from being a complete and utter bore.
"... The first half of Sunday night's show was surprisingly snoozy, filled with repeat winners who seemed chosen off some collective 'We Predict the Emmys' sheet and only occasionally enlivened by host Jimmy Kimmel's deadpan wit."