Allison Janney poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug.
Allison Janney poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES — "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like "Orange Is the New Black."

The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11 by suicide.

"He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him," Crystal said of Williams at the conclusion of a tribute to industry members who died within the past 12 months. "Robin Williams, what a concept."

ABC's "Modern Family" won a fifth best comedy series Emmy, tying the record set by "Frasier," while the final season of AMC's "Breaking Bad" captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors for its stars.

Netflix's freshman "Orange Is the New Black," which competed for best comedy series despite its dark prison setting, failed to sway Emmy voters, as did Netflix's sophomore series "House of Cards."

Bryan Cranston was honored as best actor in a drama for "Breaking Bad," proving that "True Detective" nominee Matthew McConaughey's movie-star appeal couldn't conquer all.

"I have gratitude for everything that has happened," Cranston said. His victory ties him with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz. Cranston's co-stars Aaron Paula and Anna Gunn were honored in categories for best drama supporting acting,

"Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show," ''Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan said of the series about a teacher-turned-drug kingpin that ended with a bang.


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A broadcast win was scored by ABC's "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies, honored as best lead actress in a drama series. "What a wonderful time for women on television," Margulies said.

McConaughey was the object of too-handsome jokes by presenter Jimmy Kimmel and adoration by winner Gail Mancuso, honored as best director for an episode of "Modern Family." It was one of the better gags of the night.

Lena Dunham, left, and Jack Antonoff arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25
Lena Dunham, left, and Jack Antonoff arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. ((Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images))

"If you don't mind, Matthew McConaughey, I'm gonna make eye contact with you right now," she said from the stage, making good by holding the actor's gaze for much of her speech.

The ceremony honoring the best of TV wasn't shy about playing the movie-star card. "Six minutes to Woody Harrelson" flashed on screen during Colin Bucksey's acceptance speech for best miniseries direction for "Fargo."

Harrelson and his "True Detective" co-star were given time to banter before announcing that Benedict Cumberbatch of "Sherlock: His Last Vow" was the winner of the best miniseries actor award.

"So you won Oscar, (People magazine's) Sexiest Man Alive and now you want an Emmy, too. Isn't that a little bit greedy?" Harrelson teased his fellow nominee.

 Woody Harrelson, left, and Matthew McConaughey pose at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards
Woody Harrelson, left, and Matthew McConaughey pose at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

"Fargo" was named best miniseries, and the award for best miniseries actress went to Jessica Lange of "American Horror Story: Coven."

Buffering the miniseries awards was a parody routine about top nominees by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Musical numbers usually look out of place at the Emmys, and this one was no different. Other scripted banter fell flat, although host Seth Meyers kept soldiering on.

CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons was crowned as best comedy series actor, giving him his fourth Emmy and putting him in league with all-time sitcom winners Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.

"Modern Family" also captured a best comedy supporting actor trophy for Ty Burrell. Allison Janney was honored as best supporting comedy actress for CBS' "Mom," adding to the trophy she'd already picked up as guest actress on "Masters of Sex."

Allison Williams, left, and Samira Wiley
Allison Williams, left, and Samira Wiley arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who received her third consecutive best comedy actress Emmy for the political comedy "Veep," drew big laughs as she stopped to exchange faux heated kisses with Cranston, who earlier was her co-presenter and who appeared with her on "Seinfeld."

"The Colbert Report" was honored as best variety series for its farewell season, with its star departing to take over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show."

Meyers kicked off the ceremony by tweaking his home network, NBC, and other broadcasters for being eclipsed in the awards by cable series and online newcomers like "Orange Is the New Black."

Noting that the Emmys moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, he said that MTV doesn't really specialize in videos anymore.

Alexi Ashe, left and Seth Meyers arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards
Alexi Ashe, left and Seth Meyers arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

"That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy," Meyers joked — but the outcome proved him wrong.

The ceremony's traditional "in memorian" tribute to industry members who have died in the past year flashed images of stars including James Garner, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch as singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles sang "Smile." It concluded with the tribute to Williams.

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WINNERS LIST (So far)

List of winners at Monday's 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

  • Drama Series: "Breaking Bad," AMC.
  • Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.
  • Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," CBS.
  • Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC.
  • Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad," AMC.
  • Directing, Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, "True Detective," HBO.
  • Writing, Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, "Breaking Bad," AMC.
  • Comedy Series: "Modern Family," ABC.
  • Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS.
  • Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," HBO.
  • Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, "Modern Family," ABC.
  • Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Allison Janney, "Mom," CBS.
  • Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, "Modern Family," ABC.
  • Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K., "Louie," FX.
  • Miniseries: "Fargo," FX.
  • Movie: "The Normal Heart," HBO.
  • Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow," PBS.
  • Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven," FX.
  • Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven," FX.
  • Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: His Last Vow," PBS.
  • Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Adam Bernstein, "Fargo," FX.
  • Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Stephen Moffat, "Sherlock: His Last Vow," PBS.
  • Variety Series: "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central.
  • Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles," HBO.
  • Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, "67th Annual Tony Awards," CBS.
  • Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race," CBS.

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NEW YORK — Lena Dunham showed up for the Emmys in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark sparkle peeking out from underneath, but it was the reds and blues that dominated the carpet Monday.

And neutrals, too.

On Team Red were best actress in a comedy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who looked a bit pinched in a tight Carolina Herrera, and Christina Hendricks in a gaudy, one-shoulder Marchesa with yards and yards of draping fabric, loud floral embroidery at the waist and a plunging neckline.

Julia Roberts, at 46, had fashion observers near speechless as she showed off her legs in a bubbly beaded mini in deep blue. Keke Palmer, of "The Trip to Bountiful," wowed in a blue cobalt trumpet-shaped gown from Rubin Singer. Layers of fabric skimmed the gown, and a structured strapless bodice was cut in a deep V.

Baby bumps represented. Hayden Panettiere (who announced it's a girl) lovingly stroked her belly in a metallic fitted gown. Amanda Peet, pregnant with her third child, was in an unfortunate, empire-waisted floral.

Washington bucked the color trend in fitted orange Prada with a high slit and beaded front pleats.

"I saw it hanging there and I knew it was a contender," she told The Associated Press. "I threw it on during a lunch break when I was shooting 'Scandal' and fell in love."

Sofia Vergara, always a red carpet stunner, went for a more classic look in a fitted white Roberto Cavalli gown with a space agey bodice that showed less of her cleavage than usual.

Allison Janney, who won best supporting actress in a comedy for her "Mom" role, looked anything but: Her velvet magenta gown seriously hugged her in all the right places.

"I love this dress because it makes me look like I have the tiniest waist. I put this on and everyone was like, 'Done!'"

Taylor Schilling and her "Orange is the New Black" crew walked early — Schilling dressed in a lighter-than-air, pale halter gown with subtle sparkle and fellow cast member Uzo Aduba in strapless red.

"I enjoy a nice non-color," Schilling joked on E! "It just felt sort of timeless."

Aduba has been having big fun in fashion since the Netflix show has grown popular. Earlier this month, she won a Creative Arts Emmy for her role as Crazy Eyes.

"I wanted something beautiful," she told the AP of her custom Christian Siriano.

Laverne Cox, another of the show's co-stars, chatted on the carpet in a caped, white gown by one her favorite designers, Marc Bouwer. Fred Leighton diamonds were sewn into the dress that sported a chest-baring neckline.

Robin Wright decided against a dress altogether. She wore a Ralph Lauren Collection custom silk jumpsuit in cream with a tuxedo-style front and wide open back to her waist.

Kit Harington of "Game of Thrones" represented early for the men, wearing a serious scowl like his character and sporting a top-knot.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ty Burrell of ABC's "Modern Family" and Allison Janney of CBS' "Mom" won Emmy Awards on Monday, just minutes after host Seth Meyers opened the ceremony by tweaking the broadcast networks for falling behind cable series and online newcomers when it comes to awards.

Noting that the Emmys moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, NBC late-night host Meyers said that MTV doesn't really specialize in videos anymore.

"That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy," Meyers joked.

But comedy, unlike drama, is still reliable Emmy turf for broadcasters, as the first two wins shows. Janney was honored as best supporting actress in a comedy, while Burrell picked up his award for best supporting comedy actor.

All eyes were on the telecast for history to be made. Netflix's freshman comedy series nominee "Orange Is the New Black" and sophomore drama series contender "House of Cards" could score breakthroughs as the first online shows to capture top Emmy Awards.

Among other potential history-making wins:

— If "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons is crowned as best comedy actor, it will be his fourth Emmy and put him in league with Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.

— A victory for "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston would give him a tie with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz.

— Matthew McConaughey, nominated for the drama series "True Detective," will join an exclusive club if he wins, according to awards historian Tom O'Neil, joining Helen Mirren, Helen Hunt, Liza Minnelli and George C. Scott as the fifth actor to win both an Emmy and Oscar in a single year. In March, McConaughey nabbed the best actor Academy Award for "Dallas Buyers Club."

— "Modern Family" could tie "Frasier" as the all-time sitcom champ with five statuettes if it wins.

— "Scandal" star Kerry Washington would be in a class by herself if she receives the best drama series actress award, becoming the first African-American to conquer the category.

Although the Emmys are about celebrating the best of TV, they also include "in memoriam" tributes to industry members who died in the past year. Among those who will be remembered: Robin Williams, with Billy Crystal honoring his longtime friend and fellow comedian and actor.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The red carpet at the Emmy Awards was filling up Monday as TV stars in elegant gowns and formal suits arrived at the Nokia Theatre and were met by a phalanx of screaming fans and reporters. "A lot of people being led, pushed and herded. I'm one of them," joked Sarah Silverman.

Host Seth Meyers and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of "Modern Family" were two early arrivals Monday on the red carpet. Ferguson showed up in a black double-breasted suit to support his show's attempt to tie "Frasier" as the all-time sitcom champ with five statuettes.

Others spotted include "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere wearing a metallic gown that accentuated her baby bump; Colin Hanks, nominated for his FX drama "Fargo"; actress Christine Baranski from "The Good Wife"; Kate McKinnon of "Saturday Night Live"; and Kate Mulgrew from "Orange Is the New Black."

"This is my first Emmys in 40 years. The feeling is indisputably a festive one," said Mulgrew, whose other famous TV part was as Capt. Kathryn Janeway in "Star Trek: Voyager."

Mulgrew wasn't along representing her show. Taylor Schilling, in a slinky pale gown; Laverne Cox, in a dazzling white one; and Natasha Lyonne, in a black dress with lace arms, also thanked fans as they showed up.

The 66th prime-time Emmys air at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC. The ceremony moved from its usual Sunday home in September to avoid conflicts with "NBC Sunday Night Football" and MTV's Video Music Awards, held Sunday.

Netflix's freshman comedy series nominee "Orange Is the New Black" and sophomore drama series contender "House of Cards" could score breakthroughs as the first online shows to capture top Emmy Awards.

Among other potential history-making wins:

— If "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons is crowned as best comedy actor, it will be his fourth Emmy and put him in league with Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.

— A victory for "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston would give him a tie with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz.

— Matthew McConaughey, nominated for the drama series "True Detective," will join an exclusive club if he wins, according to awards historian Tom O'Neil, joining Helen Mirren, Helen Hunt, Liza Minnelli and George C. Scott as the fifth actor to win both an Emmy and Oscar in a single year. In March, McConaughey nabbed the best actor Academy Award for "Dallas Buyers Club."

— "Scandal" star Kerry Washington would be in a class by herself if she receives the best drama series actress award, becoming the first African-American to conquer the category.

Although the Emmys are about celebrating the best of TV, they also include "in memoriam" tributes to industry members who died in the past year. Among those who will be remembered: Robin Williams, with Billy Crystal honoring his longtime friend and fellow comedian and actor.

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