ⓘ 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

65th Primetime Emmy Awards

ⓘ 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in prime time television programming from June 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013, were held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. CBS televised the ceremony within the United States. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Primetime Emmys for the second time. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 15.

Breaking Bad won Outstanding Drama Series for the first half of its fifth season, while Modern Family won Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth consecutive time.

Netflix made history by earning the first Primetime Emmy Award nominations for original online only web television. Three of its web series, Arrested Development, Hemlock Grove, and House of Cards, earned a total of 14 nominations. Netflix also made history with three wins, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode, "Chapter 1", of House of Cards, as well as a pair of Creative Arts Emmy Awards, making "Chapter 1" the first Primetime Emmy Award-winning webisode.


1. Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:

Academys "hanging episodes" rule

The Television Academy was alerted to an issue with "hanging episodes" by Starz. The channel has numerous series with multiple "hanging episodes". "Hanging episodes" are episodes broadcast after the Academys deadline for consideration that are part of a season that began before the deadline. For instance, in 2012, Starzs Magic City and AMCs Mad Men both ended their seasons in June, after the May 31 deadline. These episodes were allowed to be webcast for award consideration prior to their telecast should that telecast air after the submission period has closed. The Academy had prior rules stipulating that eligible episodes be presented on the same platform as the episodes that qualify the series.


2. Most major nominations

By network
  • FX – 9
  • ABC / NBC – 15
  • CBS – 6
  • Netflix / Sundance Channel – 5
  • AMC – 12
  • Showtime – 14
  • HBO – 34
  • PBS – 8
  • Fox – 7
  • USA – 3
By program
  • Breaking Bad AMC – 8
  • 30 Rock NBC / Downton Abbey PBS / Homeland Showtime / Modern Family ABC – 7
  • Behind the Candelabra HBO – 6

3. Most major awards

By network
  • ABC / NBC – 3
  • HBO – 7
  • AMC / Comedy Central – 2
  • Showtime – 4
By program
  • Breaking Bad AMC / The Colbert Report Comedy Central / Homeland Showtime / Modern Family ABC / Veep HBO – 2
  • Behind the Candelabra HBO – 3

4. In Memoriam

Prior to the In Memoriam segment:

  • Jane Lynch presented a tribute to Cory Monteith
  • Michael J. Fox presented a tribute to Gary David Goldberg
  • Edie Falco presented a tribute to James Gandolfini
  • Rob Reiner presented a tribute to Jean Stapleton
  • Robin Williams presented a tribute to Jonathan Winters

A video was then presented paying tribute to the TV stars and well known behind-the-scenes workers who had died since the previous Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast, including:


5.1. Reception Critical

The reviews for the ceremony were mostly negative. Brian Lowry of Variety panned the show, writing: "By the time the show was over, it was hard not to think we could have done with at least one less musical number, or one less memorial tribute, in order to let the winners - including high-profile ones in major categories - actually deliver an acceptance speech without hearing piano music kick in just as they started warming up." Melisa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly also gave the ceremony a negative review, writing: "All of which begged the question: What does the Emmys really offer us, anyway, that we cant get elsewhere? Witty banter? There was more of that online. Red-carpet gawking? Nothing here that you cant see on Instagram. Exclusive access to the Mani Cam? If youre only tuning in to see which under-appreciated shows to add to your DVR queue, well, Twitter can tell you that better than the Emmys, especially when a mediocre season of Modern Family wins against Louie, Girls, and Veep. The one thing the Emmys is still very good at? Creating consensus. But maybe thats the problem. This year, the consensus was that the Emmys were bad."


5.2. Reception Ratings

The broadcast received 17.63 million viewers, the largest audience in total viewers since 2005.

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