- Associated Press - Sunday, September 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - “Modern Family” is the winner of the best comedy series Emmy Award, repeating last year’s victory.

The series picked up a total of five awards at Sunday’s Emmys, including supporting acting Emmys for TV parents Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell and best writing and direction.

Other contenders for best comedy at the awards ceremony were “The Big Bang Theory” and “Glee.”

“Mad Men” won the best drama series award.

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Kyle Chandler was a surprise Emmy winner Sunday for best actor for the last season of Texas football drama “Friday Night Lights,” blocking odds-on favorites among his fellow nominees.

Julianna Margulies won top drama acting honors for “The Good Wife.”

“I knew for a fact I would not be standing here. I did not write anything and now I’m starting to worry,” said Chandler, who beat out frontrunners Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire.”

It was a fitting victory for him and “Friday Night Lights,” which was critically acclaimed but struggled for an audience, and whose high school football team’s motto was, “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

Margulies, who navigates politics, law and family in the show, added to her Emmy stash. As part of the “ER” medical drama cast, she won a supporting actress Emmy in 1995.

Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly” was honored as best lead actress in a comedy series with an Emmy and a glitzy prom queen’s crown, while Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” earned his second trophy in the best actor category.

“Holy smokes. Wow, it’s my first and best pageant ever,” said a beaming McCarthy. “I’m from Plainfield, Ill., and I’m standing here and it’s kind of amazing.”

Moments earlier, she and her fellow nominees had broken with tradition by jumping up on stage as their names were called, led by Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation.”

They earned a standing ovation from many in the audience, which seemed fitting in a year in which TV shows and movies are giving women edgier leading roles. Among them is the box-office hit “Bridesmaids,” which featured McCarthy.

Parsons looked genuinely surprised at his victory. “This is so odd for so many reasons. I was assured by many people in my life that this wasn’t happening,” he said.

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