With the 2013 “65th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards” set to air this Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m (ET)/5 p.m. (PT), it’s time to take a look at some past winners available on Streampix. Among this year’s pitched battles are Claire Danes (“Homeland”) going up against Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, while former “SNL” colleagues Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) are rivals in the Comedy category along with Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (“Veep”).
The Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category is particularly competitive, with Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) facing off against Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) and Jeff Daniels (“Newsroom”). For Comedy, Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) is eyeing his third Emmy (with his seventh nomination) against Louis C.K. (“Louie”), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”), Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”).
Since its debut in Oct. 2006, “30 Rock” has become one of the most acclaimed shows of all time, earning Outstanding Comedy Series for three years in a row starting in 2007, with Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey nominated Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series for seven consecutive years, with both winning in 2008. In 2009, the show earned a record-breaking 22 nominations, winning five, including Best Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Baldwin) and Best Writing (“Cooter”) [Watch here]
In just three seasons, PBS’ “Upstairs, Downstairs”-esque “Downton Abbey” has scored 33 Emmy nominations (12 alone this year), winning eight, including Outstanding Miniseries/or Movie, two for Maggie Smith as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one for creator Julian Fellowes in the Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special. [Watch here]
As it begins its 10th year on ABC Sept. 26, perennial “Grey’s Anatomy,” about the sexually entangled lives of doctors in a Seattle hospital, has been nominated for 25 prime-time Emmy Awards, winning an Outstanding Supporting Actress award for Katherine Heigl in 2007, when she beat out fellow cast members Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson for the honor. [Watch here]
Mark Cherry’s groundbreaking suburban soap opera satire, “Desperate Housewives,” received 38 Emmy nominations and won seven in its eight-year run, including Felicity Huffman for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, besting her co-stars Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher for the honors in 2005, after its first year on the air, with Kathryn Jooten winning for Outstanding Guest Actress on a Comedy Series, then repeating the honor in 2008. [Watch here]
The acclaimed saga about high school football in Texas, “Friday Night Lights,” received a total of nine nominations in its four-year run, with Kyle Chandler winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series in 2010, while co-star Connie Britton was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama twice. James Katims won Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the series finale, “Always.” [Watch here]
“Monk,” which ran on the USA Network for eight seasons starting in 2002, earned 18 nominations, wining eight, including three for its neurotic OCD detective star Tony Shalhoub as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2003, 2004 and 2006, among his eight total nominations. The show also earned Emmys for John Turturro (2004) and Stanley Tucci (2007) for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series as well as a pair for composer Randy Newman in the Outstanding Main Title Theme Music (2004) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (2010) cateogires. [Watch here]
In its five seasons starting in Sept. 2007, “Brothers and Sisters,” a soap opera about the trials and tribulations of a well-to-do Pasadena family business, racked up seven Emmy nominations, with matriarch Sally Field picking up three of them, including a win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007. “Six Feet Under” alum Rachel Griffiths was nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. [Watch here]
The fashion world spoof “Ugly Betty,” which ran four seasons from 2006-2010 and received plaudits for its Latina lead character, was nominated for nine Emmys, winning two, with star America Ferrera earning honors as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007 before receiving a second nomination in the same category the following year. The show itself was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2007, while Vanessa Williams earned three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Judith Light and Selma Hayak both received nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007. [Watch here]
The granddaddy of police procedurals, Dick Wolf’s long-running “Law & Order” was named Outstanding Drama Series in 1997 among its six wins, which included Elaine Stritch’s Outstanding Guest Actress Drama Series for her performance in the episode “Point of View” in 1993. The original show ran 20 seasons, from 1990 to 2010. [Watch here]
In its groundbreaking first year on the air in 1984, Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice,” the Don Johnson/ Phillip Michael Thomas show, which established white linen jackets as a fashion style and its host city as the capitol of druggy deco decadence, was dubbed by its creator “MTV Cops.” Running for five seasons starting in 1984, the show earned a remarkable 15 nominations and four wins in its groundbreaking first year on the air, including Edward James Olmos for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, one of two nominations he received for his work. The show also earned awards for sound editing, cinematography and art direction. [Watch here]