Sept. 24 - ''Modern Family'' and ''Homeland'' take home the top prize at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. John Russell reports.
"Homeland" ended the four-year run of "Mad Men" to win the top drama prize at the Primetime Emmy awards on Sunday, while "Modern Family" reigned for a third year as the best comedy series on television. "Homeland," a post 9/11 psychological thriller, won best drama after one season on cable channel Showtime. It also took home trophies for best writing and best acting for its two leads, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. SOUNDBITE Damien Lewis saying (English): "Hello everybody, I'm Damian Lewis, I'm one of those pesky Brits, apologies... I don't really believe in judging art, but I thought I'd show up just in case it turned out all right." "Modern Family," ABC's show about the chaotic lives of three related couples and their children, won best comedy series for a third year and supporting actor Emmys for Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen, as well as a directing award. "Two and A Half Men's" Jon Cryer was the surprise winner in the comedy actor category. "Game Change," the HBO story of Sarah Palin's entry into the 2008 U.S. vice presidential race, was also a big winner, taking the Emmy for best miniseries, writing, directing, and acting for star Julianne Moore. SOUNDBITE Julianne Moore saying (English): "Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big 'thumbs down'." The Primetime Emmy Awards are television's biggest night, its equivalent to the Academy Awards.