LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Breaking Bad," AMC's soon-to-end tale of Walter White's descent into depravity, has won the Emmy Award for best drama, and ABC's madcap "Modern Family" won its fourth Emmy Award in a row as best comedy series.
The honor on Sunday was the first time "Breaking Bad" had won the award despite three previous nominations. Its star, Bryan Cranston, has won three best actor Emmys for his portrayal of White, the terminally ill chemistry teacher who turns into a drug lord to provide for his family. He lost this year but Anna Gunn, the actress who portrays his wife, won a supporting actress award.
The win came one week before AMC is due to air the series finale.
ABC's madcap "Modern Family" won its fourth Emmy Award in a row as best comedy series.
The much-honored comedy and its ensemble cast had won the best comedy Emmy in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The series stars Ed O'Neill as a family patriarch, with his young wife portrayed by Sofia Vergara. They live near households led by two of O'Neill's TV children.
Although getting the honor again as best series, none of the series' stars won acting awards on Sunday.
Claire Danes of Showtime's "Homeland" won her second straight award for best actress in a drama for her role as CIA agent Carrie Mathison.
The Emmy Sunday represented the third time Danes has taken home a trophy in four years. She won a best actor award for a TV movie in 2010 for her role in HBO's "Temple Grandin."
Life became complicated for Danes' "Homeland" character, as she became romantically involved with the former POW who is suspected of turning against his country.
Danes was nominated for a best actress Emmy in 1995 for "My So-Called Life."
Jeff Daniels won the Emmy Award for best drama actor for his role as self-righteous news anchor Will McAvoy in the HBO drama "Newsroom."
It was Daniels' first Emmy, indeed his first nomination. The television news industry drama was created by veteran TV writer Aaron Sorkin.
Daniels' win was considered an upset in a category where his competition included Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis, Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm. It was the third major acting award given out Sunday to an actor on an HBO series.
Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" won his third Emmy for best actor in a comedy.
Parsons, who plays the nerdy Sheldon Cooper in the CBS Thursday night comedy, had won in 2010 and 2011 before earning the hat trick on Sunday.
"The Big Bang Theory" blossomed into television's most popular comedy this past season, fueled in part by the strong ratings that its reruns are drawing on cable TV.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her second straight Emmy as best comedy actress for her role as vice president of the United States in the HBO series "Veep."
Her victory Sunday honored her for a portrayal of the cynical Selina Meyer in the send-up of modern-day Washington.
Louis-Dreyfus has now won more Emmys for "Veep" than she did in two roles that reached a wider audience. She won best actress in a comedy in 2006 for the CBS series "The New Adventures of Old Christine." She won a supporting actress award in 1996 for playing Elaine Benes in "Seinfeld."