HBO leads Emmys pack, powered by "Temple Grandin"

Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:12am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - HBO again grabbed the most prizes at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, but the premium cable network's little TV movie "Temple Grandin" stole the thunder of its $200 million-plus miniseries "The Pacific."

"Temple Grandin," the decidedly uncommercial true story of an autistic woman who revolutionizes slaughterhouses, ended up with seven awards, including three acting honors. With 15 nominations, it enjoyed one of the best success rates.

"The Pacific" captured eight awards, including best miniseries, more than any other show, but most of the prizes for the World War Two drama were in technical categories. It led the contenders with 24 nominations, followed by "Glee" (19) and "Mad Men" (17).

Time Warner Inc-owned HBO snagged 25 Emmys from 101 nominations overall, its haul boosted by a pair of high-profile wins for its Jack Kevorkian biopic, "You Don't Know Jack." Last year, it ended up with 21 wins from 99 nominations.

ABC ranked No. 2 among the networks with 18 wins, including six for its newly crowned best comedy winner "Modern Family." It was followed by Fox (11), CBS (10) and NBC (8).

While Walt Disney Co-owned ABC can claim bragging rights for "Modern Family," one of the biggest new comedies last season, the show was produced by the studio arm of rival broadcaster Fox, a unit of News Corp.

CBS is a unit of CBS Corp, whose Showtime premium cable division won seven prizes. NBC is a unit of General Electric Co.

Three shows grabbed four wins each: cable channel AMC's best drama winner "Mad Men," Fox's rookie comedy-drama "Glee," and the Disney cartoon "Disney Prep & Landing." "Mad Men" was produced for Cablevision Systems Corp-owned AMC by Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

The TV movie and miniseries categories are traditionally the bathroom-break parts of the three-hour Emmy ceremony. The broadcast networks have ceded the formats to niche players looking for prestige projects.   Continued...