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    >>> back here now in new york, joined by our pals out in los angeles , al and natalie on this morning after the emmy awards and the show is getting some high marks.

    >> that's right. it was a funny skit to start off with with jimmy fallon joined by a lot of other stores including jon hamm and betty white . take a look.

    >> look alive . we need glee club members.

    >> working on sweet new dance moves with my new dance coach.

    >> come on, do the hippety. get that going. all right, now back that mother up. oh, i like that. i like that. i like that.

    >> that's enough.

    >> nice. what the hell are you looking at at?

    >> great. absolutely the best opening of the show.

    >> so fuby.

    >> it was so great, the whole born to run .

    >> so wrong but yet so right. another moment i loved was how george clooney is now going to be part of the "modern family" cast. take a look. no. oh, well, we don't have that.

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Producer Matthew Weiner, center right, accepts the award for outstanding drama series for "Mad Men," with the cast of the AMC show surrounding him.
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The darkly intimate 1960s-era drama "Mad Men" and the comedy romp "Modern Family" were the top honorees at Sunday's Emmy Awards as American life past and present proved a winning formula.

"To our fans, we are so grateful, we are so thrilled that families are sitting down together to watch a television show, and we're so happy that you have let us into your families," said Steven Levitan, "Modern Family" executive producer.

The best comedy series award was the first for the freshman sitcom, which also captured an acting award for Eric Stonestreet and a best writing trophy.

The best drama series award for "Mad Men" was its third consecutive one. Series creator Matthew Weiner seemed to take the night in stride.

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"I knew one day I would run somewhere and win a trophy," Weiner joked earlier in the ceremony when he dashed to the stage to claim the Emmy for best drama series writing with Erin Levy.

"Glee," the musical-comedy that started the night as the most-nominated series, earned an acting trophy for Jane Lynch and a directing award for creator Ryan Murphy.

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Bryan Cranston's portrayal of a meth dealer in "Breaking Bad" and Kyra Sedgwick's role as a brassy deputy police chief in "The Closer" earned the pair top drama series acting awards.

Cranston's honor was his third trophy for playing a high-school chemistry teacher gone wrong, while his co-star, Aaron Paul, earned his first award as best supporting actor for playing his partner-in-crime.

"During the time it took me to walk up here, I venture there were 200 text messages to the other nominees saying, 'You were robbed.' I cannot argue with that," Cranston said.

Archie Panjabi of "The Good Wife" was honored as best supporting actress in a drama for her part as a law-firm's in-house private investigator, as Emmy voters spread the riches widely among veterans and fresh faces.

Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie" and Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" were honored for their comedy series lead roles.

Falco's trophy for playing a tough but troubled nurse came after her hallmark turn as a mob boss' wife in "The Sopranos," for which she won three best drama actress Emmys.

"Oh, this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. I'm not funny!" Falco said.

Parsons won for his portrayal of a scientist as nerdy as he is brilliant. He ended fellow nominee Alec Baldwin's two-year winning streak for "30 Rock" and beat out other heavyweights including Tony Shalhoub, nominated for the final season of "Monk" and a three-time winner, and Steve Carell of "The Office."

"Now I know how much I didn't think this was going to happen. Some of you apparently voted for me. That was very sweet," Parsons told the theater audience.

Stonestreet of "Modern Family" and Lynch of "Glee" were honored for their comedy-series supporting roles.

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Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" won for his portrayal of a gay dad.

"All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up," said Stonestreet, who plays a boisterous gay dad and partner. He thanked his parents for their support and promised to send his trophy home with them.

Lynch also thanked her folks along with her wife, Lara Embry. The pair married in Massachusetts in May.

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"This is outlandish. ... I want to thank my lord and creator, Ryan Murphy, for creating his role," Lynch said, paying tribute to the "Glee" executive producer.

"Top Chef" won best reality series, ending the seven-year winning streak of "The Amazing Race."

Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" won its eighth consecutive Emmy Award for best variety, music or comedy series. The victory kept Conan O'Brien from claiming an Emmy for his short-lived stint as "Tonight" host.

George Clooney accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his former "ER" co-star, Julianna Margulies, who lauded his fundraising efforts for victims of this year's earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Clooney, recalling evenings spent with Bob and Dolores Hope at the home of his aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney, said he was inspired by the late comedian and his wife, now 101.

"If you look at everything they accomplished in their lives ... They're the best version of the term 'celebrity,'" Clooney said.

Jewel sang her song "Hole in My Heart" during a memorial tribute to prominent TV figures, including Robert Culp, Soupy Sales, Dixie Carter, Gary Coleman, John Forsythe and "Roots" producer David L. Wolper.

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"Temple Grandin," based on the life of the gifted, autistic animal sciences expert, was honored as best TV movie and earned Emmys for its star, Claire Danes, and supporting acting trophies for Julia Ormond and David Strathairn. The film's director, Mick Jackson, also was honored.

Al Pacino was honored as best lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "You Don't Know Jack," about euthanasia advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was in the audience and stood, smiling, at Pacino's request. The controversial physician received scattered applause.

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Host Jimmy Fallon kicked off the show with an ensemble performance featuring Kate Gosselin, Tina Fey and others.

Host Jimmy Fallon opened the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on a musical note, performing a song-and-dance number with the cast of "Glee" and a wildly mismatched group of celebrities including Betty White, Jon Hamm, Kate Gosselin and Randy Jackson.

Much of the group ended up on the Nokia Theatre stage to kick off the awards with a high-energy version of "Born to Run," with Fallon on guitar.

"Tonight we're going to celebrate your work," Fallon told the audience. "So let's have some fun tonight."

Last year's host, Neil Patrick Harris, was a presenter Sunday and took the time to rib Fallon.

"I want to thank the (TV) academy for allowing a gay man to host the Emmys two years in a row. Congratulations, Jimmy, you're doing a good job," Harris said, smiling.

The public had a hand in writing some of Fallon's material through Twitter.

HBO came into the ceremony as the kingpin after claiming 17 awards at the Aug. 21 creative arts Emmys, followed by ABC with 15 and Fox with nine. CBS, NBC and PBS each claimed seven.

"The Pacific," the World War II drama produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, received the best miniseries award in a category it shared with one other nominee, "Return to Cranford." "The Pacific" was the was the top nominee with 24 bids and captured a leading seven creative arts awards, which recognize technical and other achievements.

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Ratings for the awards have increased importance: The TV academy's contract is up for renewal with the four major networks that had been airing the show in rotation for eight years, and the academy hopes last year's 8 percent audience increase is a trend after an all-time low in 2008.

The show's live nationwide broadcast and scheduling could be factors. The Emmys typically have aired immediately before TV's mid-September kickoff, but NBC pushed up the awards telecast to avoid a conflict with its Sunday night National Football League games that begin Sept. 12.

But fewer people tend to watch summertime TV, and the 5 p.m. PDT pre-primetime slot for the Emmys on the West Coast also tends to draw a smaller audience.

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  1. Jimmy Fallon, Randy Jackson

    Host Jimmy Fallon, right, performs "Born to Run" with "American Idol's" Randy Jackson to open the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 29. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Eric Stonestreet

    Actor Eric Stonestreet accepts the first Emmy Award of the night for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in "Modern Family" at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 29. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Jane Lynch

    "Glee" star Jane Lynch accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Edie Falco

    Actress Edie Falco accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for "Nurse Jackie" at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Aug. 29. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Jim Parsons

    "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award on Sunday. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Aaron Paul

    "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'Top Chef'

    Cast and producers of "Top Chef," winners of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Award, pose for photographers backstage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bryan Cranston

    Actor Bryan Cranston accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award onstage for "Breaking Bad" on Sunday. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Kyra Sedgwick

    Actress Kyra Sedgwick accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for "The Closer." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Jimmy Fallon

    Host Jimmy Fallon performs a musical skit dressed as Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during the Emmy Awards on Sunday. (Chris Carlson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. John Lithgow

    Actor John Lithgow holds his Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series award for his role in "Dexter" backstage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Ricky Gervais

    Bucky Gunts! Actor Ricky Gervais reacts while presenting the Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Award to director Bucky Gunts for his work on "Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

    Actor George Clooney accepts the Bob Hope Humanitarian award on Sunday from his old "E.R." co-star Julianna Margulies. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. John Krasinski, January Jones

    John Krasinski of "The Office" and January Jones of "Mad Men" make a presentation onstage on Sunday. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    The stars of "True Blood," from left, Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, present the award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie at the Emmy Awards. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Al Pacino

    Al Pacino accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for "You Don't Know Jack." (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin waves in the audience as the HBO movie about her life racked up numerous awards on Sunday night. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Remembrance

    Singer Jewel performs "Shape of You" during a memorial segment as the late actor Dennis Hopper appears on screen at the Emmy Awards. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. 'Mad Men'

    Matthew Weiner, fifth from right, accepts the award for Outstanding Drama Series for "Mad Men" while accompanied by the cast onstage at the Emmy Awards. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. 'Modern Family'

    Steven Levitan and the cast of "Modern Family" accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series to close the Emmy Awards on Sunday, Aug. 29. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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