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10/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

HBO Big Winner At 2008 Emmys, Basic Cable Makes History

Of the 28 awards handed out at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ten — or over 35% of the evening's total haul — were awarded for series that aired on HBO. Basic cable also made a strong showing, with AMC's "Mad Men" taking home basic cable's first ever award for Best Drama Series and top honors in both drama acting categories going to the stars of basic cable shows (Glenn Close in FX's "Damages" and Bryan Cranston in AMC's "Breaking Bad").

HBO's "John Adams" miniseries won five awards (Best Miniseries, Best Actor for Paul Giamatti, Best Actress for Laura Linney, Best Supporting Actor for Tom Wilkinson, and a writing award) while its made-for-TV movie "Recount" won two (Best Made-For-TV Movie and a directing award). "Entourage"'s Jeremy Piven and "In Treatment"'s Dianne Wiest won acting awards, and Don Rickles won for Best Individual Performance in a Variety Program.

NBC won four awards — all for "30 Rock" — while ABC won three (including one for last year's Oscars), CBS won two (both for reality competitions), and FOX won just one, a directing award for "House." Ironically, this NBC-ABC-CBS-FOX Emmy's ordering is the exact opposite of the 2007-2008 ratings race.

HBO also won the most awards at last week's Creative Arts Emmys, taking home a whopping 16.

Emmy's By The Network Numbers:
HBO: 10
NBC: 4
AMC: 3
ABC: 3
FX: 2
CBS: 2
Comedy Central: 2
PBS: 1
FOX: 1

Complete list of winners at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

_ Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.

_ Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC.

_ Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

_ Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX.

_ Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.

_ Actress, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC.

_ Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race."

_ Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jeff Probst - "Survivor."

_ Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Zeljko Ivanek, "Damages," FX.

_ Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment," HBO.

_ Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Jeremy Piven, "Entourage," HBO.

_ Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jean Smart, "Samantha Who?," ABC.

_ Miniseries: "John Adams," HBO.

_ Made-for-TV Movie: "Recount," HBO.

_ Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Paul Giamatti, "John Adams," HBO.

_ Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, "John Adams," HBO.

_ Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson, "John Adams," HBO.

_ Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Eileen Atkins, "Cranford" (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS.

_ Directing for a Drama Series: "House" - "House's Head" Greg Yaitanes.

_ Writing for a Drama Series: "Mad Men" - "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (Pilot) Matthew Weiner.

_ Directing for a Comedy Series: "Pushing Daisies" - "Pie-Lette" Barry Sonnenfeld.

_ Writing for a Comedy Series: "30 Rock" - "Cooter" Tina Fey.

_ Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

_ Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Don Rickles - "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project."

_ Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: "80th Annual Academy Awards" Louis J. Horvitz.

_ Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: "The Colbert Report."

_ Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: "Recount" Jay Roach.

_ Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: "John Adams" Kirk Ellis.