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Emmys to split some awards categories, increase number of nominees for others

Even more changes are afoot for the Primetime Emmy Awards, especially in the Miniseries/Movie category. The Television Academy announced late Wednesday that several award categories have been altered “to ensure that the Primetime Emmy Awards accurately celebrates the excellence in our ever-evolving industry.” Among the shifts:

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie is getting split
In 2011, two formerly separate categories were combined “due to a general industry downtrend of the genre,” the TV Academy writes. But after an uptick in quality miniseries and movies, the Academy has decided to separate the categories once more this year — though only for the overall program award. All other miniseries/movies awards will remain combined between both formats.

Outstanding Reality Program is getting split
The Emmys previously named both an Outstanding Reality Competition and an Outstanding Reality Program. The latter category will now be split into Outstanding Structured Reality Program — for series with set formats, such as Antiques Roadshow or Mythbusters — and Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, for more free-wheeling series such as Pawn Stars or Duck Dynasty.

Emmys 2013: Biggest audience since 2005

UPDATED: CBS’s telecast of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmys attracted its largest audience since 2005 and its best adults 18-49 rating since 2006.

The three-hour, 15-minute telecast averaged 17.6 million viewers, as well as a 5.8 rating in adults 25-54, a 4.9 rating in adults 18-49 and a 4.5 in adults 18-34, according to Nielsen.  It was up 26% in adults 18-49 (from 3.9/10 last year and up 33 percent in viewers (from 13.26 million).

Overall, though, NBC was No. 1 for the night in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54 thanks to its coverage of the Chicago Bears-Pittsburgh Steelers game. More to come…

'Breaking Bad' wouldn't exist without Netflix, creator says after Emmy win

Fresh off their win for Best Drama on Sunday night, the Breaking Bad crew granted a reporter’s press room request to yell in unison: “Emmys, bitch!”

But creator Vince Gilligan remembers a time when the AMC drama wasn’t the belle of the ball. “Television has changed a lot in six years,” he said, surrounded by the show’s cast. “And I have to credit it, I’m no expert on the sociological elements of it, but I gotta think a big part of what has changed is streaming video on demand, specifically with operations like Netflix and iTunes and Amazon streaming and whatnot. I think Netflix kept us over here. Not only are we standing up here tonight and won for best show; I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 if not for streaming video on demand, and also the social Internet component of it, where folks get to chat online with folks all around the world afterward really has helped. It’s a golden era of television, and we’ve been really fortunate that we’ve reaped the benefits of these two wonderful developments.”

Bryan Cranston, meanwhile, lost out for Lead Actor in a Drama to surprise victor Jeff Daniels, but he was ready to share the hardware with the rest of his cast and crew.

Stephen Colbert on stealing 'Daily Show' Emmy: 'Jon Stewart's streak is not broken'

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys for 10 consecutive years, but the streak was broken Sunday night by a very personal foe: The Colbert Report. And, in the Emmy press room, Stephen Colbert had a tongue-in-cheek explanation for why his show triumphed this time.

“I’m grateful Jon took the summer off during the voting period,” he said of Stewart’s hiatus to film a movie this summer. “Not that John Oliver didn’t do the greatest job ever, but maybe that helped.”

In all seriousness, Colbert spoke earnestly about his time working with Stewart on The Daily Show and how Jon has influenced his career. “He invited us to have a passion and an opinion about what we were writing,” Colbert said. “And he wanted to make sure we had our own thoughts behind what we were saying. And it was from him that I actually learned how to write satirical comedy, which I had never really been a fan of. And he’s still there for me. I can call him anytime, to ask for ideas, to ask for moral support, or ask for the energy to keep doing 160 shows a year. And I’m the luckiest man in the world that he’s my lead-in and he’s the guy I can turn to for advice and for strength.”

Emmys 2013: 'Breaking Bad' wins Best Drama

Breaking Bad won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series, beating out Downton Abbey, Homeland, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Mad Men.

“Holy crap. I did not see this coming,” creator Vince Gilligan said in his acceptance speech. “I thought this was going to be House of Cards!…Could of been any of them in this Golden Age of television that we feel so proud to be a part of. Thank you to the best cast on TV, starting with Bryan Cranston.”

Check out the full list of winners here.

Jeff Daniels on Emmy upset: 'It could have been anyone'

If you were surprised by Jeff Daniels’ win for Best Actor in a Drama Series at Sunday’s Emmys, you were in good company: The Newsroom star himself couldn’t believe it either.

“I’ve been nominated a bunch of times — Google it — enough to kind of not lean forward, not hope too much, be glad to be invited to the party,” Daniels said backstage after his win. “There are six of us nominated; there easily could have been 10 other guys that could have been where we are. It’s a really crowded time in television. It’s a great time to be in television. I felt the work stood up to what the other guys are doing, but we’re all doing different things. It’s anybody’s game, really. I was happy to win, but surprised, because it could have been anyone.”

So will there be more Will McAvoy in the future? Daniels tweeted a few weeks ago that the Aaron Sorkin-created series had been picked up for season 3, but HBO has been mum so far.

Emmys 2013: 'Homeland' writer's widow gives the speech she couldn't give

When Homeland executive producer Henry Bromell won a posthumous Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series at Sunday’s show, his widow took the stage to accept the prize, offering a brief “thank you” to the Academy.

But when Sarah Bromell spoke backstage in the Emmy press room, she made it clear that was all she was allowed to say during the telecast. “That’s what I wanted to say, by the way, had they let me say it.”

So here it is: Firstly, Sarah had hoped to expand on Henry’s winning episode, “Q&A,” and how it lifted the series’ second season.

Emmys 2013: Claire Danes wins Emmy for 'Homeland'

Claire Danes just won the Best Actress in a Drama Emmy for Homeland. For the second straight year, the actress won for the role of unhinged superspy Carrie Mathison. She took the opportunity to say a few kind words about the late Henry Bromell, the Homeland executive producer and writer (who won a posthumous Emmy earlier in the ceremony.) She did not say “Holla!” to anyone, but maybe she’s saving that for 2014.

Now click here for the full list of winners at this year’s Emmys.

Emmys 2013: Jeff Daniels wins Best Actor for 'The Newsroom'

In a shocking upset, Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on HBO drama The Newsroom.

“I don’t normally win things,” a shocked Daniels shared from the stage. “A few years ago, I wont best actor over 50 from AARP for Squid and the Whale….this is better.”

Daniels beat out Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).

Check out the full list of winners here.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Best Actress Emmy win: 'It is delicious'

Sunday night didn’t mark the first Emmy win for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but that doesn’t mean she’s over it. “It means a ton, because I’ve actually lost many more times than I’ve won,” she said, noting that she’s missed out on the prize 10 times. “It is delicious to win.”

And she credits the Best Actress in a Comedy victory to the Veep writers. “It really has to do with the writing. Fundamentally on the page, it was there. It’s there. … First of all, it’s Armando Iannucci’s voice, which is unique. Nobody had ever done anything like this before. He took it and ran with it. And we have the most superlative writers, who I think I forgot to thank when I was up there. They are outrageously talented.”

Louis-Dreyfus said she planned to sleep with her new statue, but the night wasn’t all upbeat for Louis-Dreyfus: A planned In Memoriam tribute is set for her Enough Said co-star James Gandolfini. The actress was somber when asked about the late actor, but she was also in a hurry to get back to her seat. “I want to be seeing the tribute to Jim.”

Emmys 2013: Jim Parsons wins Best Actor for 'The Big Bang Theory'

Jim Parsons has now scored a hat trick. The Big Bang Theory star won his third Best Actor Emmy for the role of Sheldon Cooper. He also took home a trophy for the CBS comedy in 2010 and 2011. “It’s so silly to be emotional,” he said.

Click here for the full list of winners.

Emmys 2013: Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins Best Actress for 'Veep'

Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fourth Emmy at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards. Tony Hale, who plays the vice president’s personal aide on the HBO comedy and also took home an Emmy tonight, escorted Louis-Dreyfus to the stage and held her purse. Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky, who plays the veep’s chief of staff, mimed texting in the audience. Louis-Dreyfus previously won for Seinfeld in 1996, The New Adventures Of Old Christine in 2006, and Veep in 2012.

Click here for the full list of winners.

Merritt Wever wins Emmy, gives greatest Emmy speech in history -- VIDEO

Merrit Wever won the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy prize at the Emmys. Wever was a dark horse, in a race crowded with Jane Lynch, Jenna Krakowski, and several Modern Family actresses. Wever walked onstage and delivered a speech which was very model of brevity. The complete text of that speech follows: READ FULL STORY

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