'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' take home top Emmy awards

Reuters

Posted at Aug 30 2010 09:28 AM | Updated as of Aug 30 2010 08:07 PM

LOS ANGELES – "Mad Men" and "Modern Family" won the Emmy awards for the best TV drama and comedy series respectively at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, while Jim Parsons and Edie Falco took home major acting trophies.

"We are so thrilled that families together are sitting down and watching a TV show," said executive producer Steve Levitan after "Modern Family" beat "Glee" for the top comedy honors.

The win for period advertising drama "Mad Men" was the third in a row.

"We can't believe we are here. We want to thank the (Television) Academy for recognizing us again," said "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner.

Parsons was named best actor in a comedy for his role as geeky physicist in "The Big Bang Theory" and Bryan Cranston won his third straight Emmy for playing a teacher-turned-drug dealer in drama "Breaking Bad".

Kyra Sedgwick won best drama actress for "The Closer," while Edie Falco won a comedy Emmy for "Nurse Jackie."

The Primetime Emmy Awards, the highest honors in the U.S. television industry, were handed out at a glittering ceremony in Los Angeles broadcast live on TV.