PBS steals big wins from HBO at Primetime Emmys

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At the Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night (Sept. 18), premium cable channel HBO “was beaten up in prestige categories by an unlikely foe — public broadcasting, which gets its funding from the government and viewer contributions,” reports the Los Angeles Times. PBS won 14 statuettes (including the earlier Creative Emmy presentations) compared with HBO’s 19, but Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” walked away with some of the night’s top honors, generally reserved for big-money HBO productions. The Brit import about an aristocratic family in pre-World War I England won for TV miniseries or movie; Julian Fellowes, series creator, also won the writing award in that category; and director Brian Percival and supporting actress Maggie Smith took those honors. A full list of winners here.

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