FX network gets first ever Emmy program win with ‘Fargo’

The FX network has been making great strides the past few years at the Emmy Awards, and now the cable channel has won its first program trophy. The Best TV Miniseries award was presented to “Fargo” on Monday’s ceremony.

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In addition, “Fargo” won the directors’ laurels. “Louie” won Best Comedy Writing. Surprisingly, FX also snagged two unxpected victories in the acting slots: Best Movie/Mini Actress (Jessica Lange) and supporting (Kathy Bates) for “American Horror Story: Coven.” Factoring in the network’s three victories at last week’s Creative Arts ceremony, FX claimed a total of eight Emmy wins this year out of 45 nominations (a record — that’s the most in the history of all ad-supported cable networks).

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FX has done very well with acting Emmys in the past decade but has not had many chances in program categories. In 2008 and 2009, “Damages” competed as Best Drama Series. The Louis C.K. show “Louie” has been up for Best Comedy Series in 2013 and 2014. The gothic “American Horror Story” has lost in 2012, 2013 and this year in the longform category.

Acting victories racked up by FX have been for: Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Glenn Close and Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”), Andre Braugher (“Thief”), Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies (“Justified“), Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story”), James Cromwell (“American Horror Story: Asylum“), and Melissa Leo (“Louie”).

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Adapted from the 1996 film by Joel and Ethan Coen, “Fargo” is a 10-hour limited series starring Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, and Allison Tolman. It is set in a Minnesota small town, and the plot focuses on a timid insurance man lured into a world of murder and deception by a strange hitman.

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For the 2014 Emmy race, “Fargo” defeated “American Horror Story: Coven,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Luther,” “Treme,” and “The White Queen.”

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