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“Homeland,” based on Israeli series, wins best drama Emmy

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September 24, 2012 | 9:05 am

The cast of "Homeland." From left: David Harewood, Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Jackson Pace, Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor and Diego Klattenhoff at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 23. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The cast of "Homeland." From left: David Harewood, Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Jackson Pace, Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor and Diego Klattenhoff at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 23. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The television drama "Homeland," which is based on the Israeli series "Hatufim," was named the year's best drama series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

"Homeland" also won Emmys for best actress – Claire Danes, and best actor – Damian Lewis, as well as for best writing. "Hatufim" creator, Israeli Gideon Raff, won the best writing award along with Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. The cast of "Homeland" was in Israel in May to film parts of the second season.

The Emmy Awards were held Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Homeland's win prevented "Mad Men" from winning its fifth straight best drama Emmy.

"Modern Family" took the Emmy for best comedy series.

The list of nominees had included several Jewish stars.  Jewish filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Hannah Horvath on the HBO series "Girls." The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and was inspired by Dunham’s experiences as a Jewish young woman living in New York City.

Larry David, who is best known as one of the creators of the TV show "Seinfeld," was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Mayim Bialik was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS show "Big Bang Theory." The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Max Greenfield, an American actor known for his roles on "Veronica Mars," "Ugly Betty" and "Modern Men," was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Schmidt in the Fox series "New Girl."

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