‘Mad Men’ sets record for most Emmy losses in one season

The four-time reigning Emmy champ as Best Drama Series ended this year’s race with a big goose egg. “Mad Men” set the dubious record on Sunday with 17 losses and no wins in a single year. The previous record-holders were “Northern Exposure” (1993) and “The Larry Sanders Show” (1997) with 16 noms and no trophies.

A few positive records were also set or tied this weekend:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) is now the second person to win acting awards as a regular cast member on three different series (Comedy Supporting Actress — “Seinfeld,” 1996;  Comedy Actress- –  “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” 2006). Tyne Daly was the other person to accomplish this feat (Drama Actress – “Cagney and Lacey,” 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988; Drama Supporting Actress –  “Christy,” 1996, “Judging Amy,” 2003).

Louis-Dreyfus also broke a streak in the Best Comedy Actress category. It had been 11 different ladies to win in a row (back to Patricia Heaton for “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 2001). Since she won previously for “Old Christine” in 2006, it does keep the streak alive at 12 different roles in the past dozen years.

Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“) broke an incredibly long streak of 16 different men winning as Best Drama Supporting Actor. His victories in 2010 and 2012 make him only the fifth man to ever win this category twice (Stuart Margolin, “The Rockford Files”; Michael Conrad, “Hill Street Blues”; Larry Drake, “L.A. Law”; Ray Walston, “Picket Fences”).

Showtime had a big night with their first ever wins in Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Damian Lewis), and Best Drama Actress (Claire Danes), all for “Homeland.” Lewis also became the first British man to prevail in his category. The last dramatic program to win both lead acting trophies and the series race in the same year was “Picket Fences” in 1993 (starring Tom Skerritt and Kathy Baker).

Modern Family” became the second ABC program to win as Best Comedy Series three times (“Taxi,” 1979-1981).

Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men“) became the first person since Robert Guillaume to win for a comedy character in both the lead and supporting categories. However, Guillaume accomplished this for two different shows (“Soap” and “Benson”).

Tim Van Patten (“Boardwalk Empire“) earned his first directing win on his eighth attempt (with tries for “Sex and the City,” “The Pacific,” “The Sopranos” and “Game of Thrones“).

Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars“) became the first person other than Jeff Probst (“Survivor“) to ever win as Best Reality Host.

There were only four first-time acting winners at the primetime ceremony Sunday – Lewis, Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger (“Hatfields and McCoys“), and Julianne Moore (“Game Change“).

With four more wins at the Creative Arts ceremony, “Saturday Night Live” brought its overall total to 37 trophies. That ties it with “Frasier” for the most primetime Emmys ever for a series.

Daily Show with Jon Stewart” added to its record number of consecutive wins as Best Variety Series with Emmy #10.

The Amazing Race” has won as Best Reality-Competition Series nine of the 10 years of its existence as a category.

And there were a few more negative records established this year:

Curb Your Enthusiasm” has now had seven nominations as Best Comedy Series with no wins. That breaks the series record of six set by “The Larry Sanders Show” (comedy) and “St. Elsewhere” (drama).

Other programs with large bid totals that were skunked this year included “30 Rock” and “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia,” each with 13 nominations and no Emmys.

Mad Men” continued to rack up a record number of acting losses with no wins. It has had 25 acting bids in five seasons and never won in lead, supporting, or guest.

The losses by Louis C.K. (“Louie“) and Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) continues the perfect record of lead performers losing Emmys for playing themselves.

The defeat of Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) means that the category of Best Drama Supporting Actor has still never rewarded an African-American man.

Posthumous nominees continue to go unrewarded at the Emmys with the loss by the late Kathryn Joosten (“Desperate Housewives“). Of the 14 people nominated posthumously since 1980, only one was able to win (Raul Julia for “The Burning Season,” 1995).

Bill Maher (“Real Time with Bill Maher“) added to his record total of 29 Emmy losses and no wins. 


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