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'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family,' 'Behind the Candelabra' Top Surprising 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- On Sunday night, you could've tuned into the next-to-last episode of Breaking Bad, or you could've tuned into the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards to see the show win its first-ever trophy for best drama series.  "Holy crap," said Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan when he took the podium at the end of the three-hours-plus show.  "I did not see this coming."

Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn also took the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: it was her first Emmy win.  But to the surprise of many, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston failed to win lead actor in a drama.  He lost to The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels, who echoed the thoughts of the audience when he said, "Well, crap, didn't expect this!" as he took the podium.

It was the first Emmy win for Daniels, who joked that the only thing he'd won recently had been the AARP award for "best actor over 50." "With respect to the AARP, this is better," he quipped.

There were several upsets throughout the night: Kerry Washington, hotly favored to win outstanding actress in a drama series -- which would've made her the first African-American actress to do so -- lost to Claire Danes, who repeated for Homeland.   At the podium, Danes thanked her husband for "making me so whole and happy so I can be entirely unhappy in the land of make believe."

--In the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, it was a surprise win for Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale;  many thought Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul would take the prize. 

--In the Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy category, Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie grabbed the trophy, which absolutely nobody saw coming.  At the podium, she said, simply, "Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye!" and left the stage, prompting host Neil Patrick Harris to dub her comments "Best. Speech. Ever." 

--Other surprise wins: Tony Hale of Veep in the Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy category; The Voice for Outstanding Reality Competition, beating perennial winner The Amazing Race; The Colbert Report snapping The Daily Show's 10-year winning streak as outstanding variety series.

Michael Douglas won his first Emmy for his fearless portrayal of Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, which won 11 Emmys in total this year.  At the podium, he thanked his co-star and fellow nominee Matt Damon, who played his gay lover in the movie, by saying, "Matt, this was a two-hander, and you’re only as good as your other hand. You deserve half of this. So, you want the bottom or the top?"  After Damon replied from the audience, Douglas joked, "The top? I figured that."

Of course, there were still some tried-and-true winners Sunday night.  Modern Family won outstanding comedy honors for the fourth straight year.  Jim Parsons won outstanding actor in a comedy for The Big Bang Theory for the third time, while Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy for the second straight year. 

As a host, Neil Patrick Harris sometimes appeared as though he was hosting the Tony Awards, starring in a big musical number mid-show, and singing and dancing alongside the nominees for outstanding choreography in a massive production number, as that category was presented on camera for the first time ever.  

But surprisingly, NPH didn't open the show with a musical number.  First, he did a sketch in which he attempted to binge-watch the entire TV season, and that led to a monologue in which he ended up arguing with past Emmy hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch and Conan O'Brien about the right way to host the show -- while Kevin Spacey, in the audience, claimed that he had masterminded the entire segment. 

Harris and his How I Met Your Mother cast also co-starred in a filmed bit about how Harris suffers from EHD, or Excessive Hosting Disorder, and needed to go to The Ryan Seacrest Center to recover.

The show was dubbed "the saddest Emmys ever" by Modern Family creator Steven Levitan because it was heavy with tributes to stars we lost in the past year. 

Edie Falco saluting her Sopranos husband James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox saluting producer Gary David Goldberg; Robin Williams saying farewell to his idol and former Mork & Mindy co-star Jonathan Winters; Rob Reiner paying homage to his All in the Family mother-in-law Jean Stapleton; and Jane Lynch honoring her Glee co-star Cory Monteith.  Unfortunately, these tributes didn't include any montages of the late actors' work, so we could see what made them so great.

And in another disappointment, Elton John paid tribute to the late Liberace, the subject of HBO's Behind the Candelabra, with an oddly subdued performance.  While viewers may have expected something over-the-top and flamboyant -- especially after Elton said that Liberace had been an influence on him -- all he did was perform his somber new song "Home Again" while wearing a simple dark blue sequined jacket and blue-framed, but regular-size, glasses.

Carrie Underwood also performed: she sang "Yesterday" as a tribute to 1963-1964, "the year that changed TV history," because of JFK's assassination and the arrival of The Beatles in the U.S.  "Yesterday," however, didn't come out until 1965. Still, Carrie tweeted that she'd received Paul McCartney's blessing to perform it.

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Emmy Winners List

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the winners in the top categories at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. A full list of winners is available at

Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Hale, Veep

Miniseries or Movie
Behind the Candelabra

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra


The Voice

Variety Series
The Colbert Report

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"Breaking Bad" Return Episode Dedicated to Teen Who Died from Cancer

Lewis Jacobs/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The return episode of Breaking Bad this past Sunday was dedicated to Kevin Cordasco, a teenage fan of the AMC series who died from cancer.

The episode included an on-screen dedication to the 16-year-old from Calabasas, California, who had been fighting neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, for several years. Kevin lost his battle on March 11.

Cordasco's father, also named Kevin Cordasco, told The Hollywood Reporter, "He and his friends watched it obsessively and ate pizza in his bedroom. There was something about the Walter White character…the way he took control of his illness, and his life, that really resonated with Kevin."

Before Cordasco passed, he got to meet show creator Vince Gilligan, star Bryan Cranston, and other cast members. Kevin’s father adds, "Bryan and his wife sat for hours at the hospital. They even invited Kevin to the writers’ room. He was beyond thrilled."

Cordasco's parents were grateful the producers made their son's dreams come true before he died, and they plan on continuing the tradition of watching Breaking Bad every week with Kevin’s friends.

Breaking Bad resumed its fifth and final season on Sunday.

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Comic-Con, Emmy Noms Made for a Good Day for “Breaking Bad” Creator

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Thursday was a pretty good day for Vince Gilligan. The show he created, Breaking Bad, was nominated for six Emmys on the same day the show on which he got his start, The X-Files, was honored with a star-studded panel attended by thousands at Comic-Con in San Diego.

At the convention, he spoke to ABC News Radio about his very eventful Thursday. "It makes you wish every day would be like this," Gilligan allowed. "But then you think, 'Well I'd get spoiled very very quickly.'"

This down-to-earth outlook -- and more than a little nerves, to boot -- led Gilligan to follow his own tradition and avoid doing what many in Hollywood did early Thursday morning: watch the Emmy nominations announcement. "I typically don't [watch] because I get very nervous, because I very much want to be nominated," he explained. "I don't know who doesn't, I think we all do, if we're being honest."

The final season of Breaking Bad kicks off August 11 on AMC.

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"Breaking Bad" Actor Joining Albuquerque School Board

David Livingston/Getty Images(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Breaking Bad actor Steven Michael Quezada wants to make a difference in the state that he and his show call home.

The 49-year-old actor, who plays Agent Steven Gomez on the AMC drama, is seeking a spot on the Albuquerque, N.M. school board. Quezada is running unopposed to represent a newly created district on the city’s growing West Side.

Quezada has lived in Albuquerque all his life, where Breaking Bad has filmed for the past six years. Quezada also attended public schools in the district he hopes to represent.

“This is my home and where I want to work,” Quezada told ABC News. “We’re hurting out here and we need people who can go out and engage our community. I think it’s my destiny to do that.”

Quezada says his priorities would be to shrink class size, encourage more charter schools, and promote arts programs.

“I want to protect the performing and visual arts because they’re always the first to get cut. Art curriculum can be used as a way to educate,” he said.

Quezada has been working with Albuquerque kids since 1987 and three of his four children are enrolled in an Albuquerque public school.

Monica Armenta, the executive director of communications for Albuquerque Public Schools, said the district is excited Quezada has decided to run for the open seat.

Breaking Bad is a coveted show in this part of New Mexico and is highly acclaimed,” said Armenta. “Whenever you have someone that high-profiled really interested in learning about education, it’s great.”

Many Breaking Bad cast members, including Bryan Cranston, who has won four Emmys for his role as a meth maker, have donated their time and money to improving Albuquerque.

“Bryan [Cranston] has raised money for education, wounded warriors and has engaged the community,” said Quezada.

But, none of the cast or crew have made the commitment that Quezada is about to take on. Albuquerque Public Schools have 89,000 students and 12,000 employees. According to Quezada, Albuquerque schools have a dropout rate close to 40 percent.

“I believe I’m in a position to help kids and my community. Education is the best way to ensure our future,” said Quezada.

Quezada hopes to serve a two-year term on the school board and says he’s open to running for other local and state positions in the future.

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'Breaking Bad' Renewed for Final Season

Bryan Cranston (Jeff Vespa/WireImage)(LOS ANGELES) -- There's breaking good news for fans of Breaking Bad: AMC has reached an agreement with producer Sony Pictures Television to renew the drama which stars Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. According to Variety, the deal calls for a 16-episode fifth season, which will wrap up the acclaimed series.

Sony reportedly had been shopping Breaking Bad to other networks following tense negotiations during which AMC had expressed concern over the cost of producing the show, in which Cranston plays a terminally ill science teacher who uses his chemistry skills to cook up a business making meth.

It's unclear when the fifth and final season will air.

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