Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons are repeat winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday by taking the top comedy acting honors and defeating a slew of newcomer nominees at television's biggest night.
On a year in which newcomers and cable and streaming company Netflix Inc have dominated the conversation about television's top honors, the big broadcast networks fared well in the early comedy awards.
Louis C.K. also won his second Emmy for best writing for a comedy series for his FX Networks show "Louie," in which he plays himself, an insecure middle-aged stand-up comic and single dad struggling to find love.
The Emmy Awards take center stage Monday with "Breaking Bad", "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" among the favorites of TV's 66th annual version of the Oscars.
Although this year's ceremony will be overshadowed by the apparent August 11 suicide of Robin Williams that rocked the entertainment world, the emmy's will prove to be full of surprise, suspense and laughter. Because despite the underlying sadness, the Emmys are to be hosted by comedian Seth Meyers and they still promise to serve up a fair amount of laughs and suspense. Additionally, not to be forgotten is HBO's grisly royal feud saga "Game of Thrones", which picked up the most nominations this year -- 19 in all -- including for best drama series.
Based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling novels about power struggles between dueling clans in seven mythical kingdoms, it has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season.
Overall, HBO heads into the ceremony with a winning 99 nods, compared to 31 for online streaming giant Netflix.
Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon are many of several comedians joining Meyers on stage and the Emmy's will prove to be full of surprises.