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‘Homeland’ Sweeps Emmys

JTA Staff

September 27, 2012 | 3:30 pm

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes star in “Homeland,” which won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. Lewis and Danes also each won an Emmy — for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. Photo courtesy of Showtime

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes star in “Homeland,” which won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. Lewis and Danes also each won an Emmy — for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. Photo courtesy of Showtime

Sunday night’s 64th Primetime Emmy Awards revealed a new reality — award voters in Hollywood would much rather be scared by potential terrorists than sexist advertising agencies — as “Homeland” grabbed six Emmys, dethroning “Mad Men” as the top drama on television.

“Homeland,” which is based on the Israeli show “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War”), won, among its Emmy haul, Best Drama, Best Actress in a Drama (Claire Danes as agent Carrie Mathison), Best Actor in a Drama (Damian Lewis as Sgt. Nicholas Brody) and Best Writing, with Gideon Raff — creator of the original Israeli version — sharing in the recognition. The second season of the critically acclaimed Showtime series starts next week.

In the comedy category, “Modern Family” was tapped as best show for the third consecutive year, with Jewish creator Steve Levitan also taking the prize in the best directing category. Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” picked up the Emmy for Best Variety Series for the 10th consecutive year. Even Stewart joked about the number of years during his acceptance speech, saying, “Years from now, when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, they will find a box of these and they will know just how predictable these f---ing guys can be.”

Among the Jewish nominees who didn’t go home with a statuette: Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Max Greenfield (Schmidt on “New Girl”).

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