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Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston take photos backstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston take photos backstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)

"Breaking Bad," "Sherlock" dominate Monday night's Emmy Awards

As the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards wrapped up in Los Angeles Monday night, the audience walked away with a few notable highlights. 

First, we’ve seen everything that a modern drama could be as "Breaking Bad" dominated the evening with five awards, including best drama … and the feeling was bittersweet knowing there wouldn’t be any more new episodes coming.

Second, PBS had the chance to shine, bringing over the BBC’s "Sherlock" as part of its Masterpiece Theater.  Steven Moffat, known for his work as the show runner of "Dr. Who," brought on an exciting twist and wrote incredible dialogue for the detective who lived at 212 B Baker Street in London. Benedict Cumberbatch earned his Emmy as Holmes in the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie."

Martin Freeman, who is currently starring in the recent Hobbit films, counters Cumberbatch’s Holmes, playing John Watson and earned the nod as the best supporting actor. "Sherlock" finished the year with the most Emmys, three last night and another four in the Creative Arts portion that were awarded on Aug. 16.

AMC’s "Breaking Bad" had six total Emmys, while "Saturday Night Live" and "True Detective" tied for five apiece.

In the network race, HBO led the field with 19 awards, second went to CBS and PBS tied at 11, NBC had 10, and ABC and FX networks tied with eight. Fox and Netflix each had seven awards, AMC had six and 18 cable and online outlets had four or less awards.

Wisconsin native Mark Ruffalo was awarded an Emmy as co-producer of "The Normal Heart" the winner of "Outstanding Television Movie."

Here are the awards from the broadcast Monday night on NBC:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

TY BURRELL as Phil Dunphy

ABC "Modern Family"

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

LOUIS C.K., Written by

FX NETWORKS "Louie," "So Did The Fat Lady"

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

ALLISON JANNEY as Bonnie

CBS "Mom"

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

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G. Hannelius and Dog of "Dog With A Blog" arrive for the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 16, 2014.
G. Hannelius and Dog of "Dog With A Blog" arrive for the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 16, 2014.

66th primetime Emmy Award nominations

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC on Aug. 25, 2014.

 Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Disney Mickey Mouse • The Adorable Couple • Disney Channel • Disney Television Animation

Chris Diamantopoulos as Mickey Mouse

Dog With A Blog • My Parents Posted What?! • Disney Channel • Dipthong Productions/It's a Laugh Productions/Disney Channel

Stephen Full as Stan

Family Guy • In Harmony's Way • FOX • Fox Television Animation

Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Glenn Quagmire

Futurama • Calculon 2.0 • Comedy Central • The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Maurice LaMarche as Calculon and Morbo

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains In Paradise • Adult Swim • A Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Production in association with

Stoopid Monkey and Williams Street

Seth Green as various characters

The Simpsons • Four Regrettings And A Funeral • FOX • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Harry Shearer as Kent Brockman, Mr. Burns, Younger Burns, Smithers

Outstanding Animated Program

Archer • Archer Vice: The Rules Of Extraction • FX Networks • FX Productions

Adam Reed, Executive Producer/Writer

Matt Thompson, Executive Producer

Bryan Fordney, Producer/Animation Director

Neal Holman, Producer

Eric Sims, Producer

Casey Willis, Producer

Bob's Burgers • Mazel Tina • FOX • 20th Century Fox Television

Loren Bouchard, Executive Producer

Jim Dauterive, Executive Producer

Dan Fybel, Co-Executive Producer

Rich Rinaldi, Co-Executive Producer

Greg Thompson, Co-Executive Producer

Jon Schroeder, Co-Executive Producer

Mark McJimsey, Supervising Producer/Animation Executive Producer

Nora Smith, Supervising Producer

Scott Jacobson, Producer

Joel Kuwahara, Animation Executive Producer

Scott Greenberg, Animation Executive Producer

Janelle Momary-Neely, Animation Producer

Holly Schlesinger,…

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We see a much more confident super hero in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will be released on Blu-ray combo pack on Tuesday.
We see a much more confident super hero in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will be released on Blu-ray combo pack on Tuesday.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings onto shelves tomorrow

When retail outlets open their doors tomorrow morning, Sony will unleash "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," and with it an incredible debate for one of the bestselling comic book characters of all time.

In one of the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray combo back, a young and broken Peter Parker meets his dad. Unlike the trilogy of films that stared Toby McGwire in the lead role … the Amazing series here is dealing with much more drama, more intense emotions than the first film ever touched. In the scene that didn’t make it in the theater, Andrew Garfield as Peter confronts his father played by Campbell Scott.

If the clip had made it into the film, it would have sent the story into a whole new and different direction. With it left out, it keeps the timeline of Peter open to figure out what his dad was truly involved in, and why his parents left him with his aunt and uncle many years ago.

Let the debate rage on which was a better way to go.

This second film picks up the pace from the first one, which was more of a story between Peter and Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. This time around, the relationship between the two waffles as Peter is left to deal with the reality that as Spider-Man, anyone close to him becomes a potential target. In the fight sequences we do see a Spider-Man that is much more confident in his abilities, and much more cocky with the banter.

Jamie Foxx as Electro finally gets the attention his character deserves, and Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborn’s transformation into the Goblin makes sense in an intense and organic way.

With the filmmaker commentaries and 13 deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, it builds upon the story, offering the viewer much more insight rather than being a throw-away item used to market the discs for more sales. I had the opportunity to screen the Blu-ray combo pack over the weekend. And, to be honest, this was the best home entertainment package I’ve reviewed this year.

If you are a fan of comic book stories, and better yet, a fa…

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Disney's "Bears" was released this last week on Blu-ray combo pack
Disney's "Bears" was released this last week on Blu-ray combo pack

Story at the heart of Disney's "Bears"

First and foremost in the world of film is the story.

Narrated by John C. Reilly, the story presented by Disneynature’s "Bears" will keep viewers of all ages entertained and engaged in the true life survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

Using the same formula that made "Earth" and "Chimpanzee" success at the box office and home entertainment sales, the producers spun together a tale using the best of their breath-taking photography.

The crew spent more than a year following the hibernating mother bear, Sky, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, coming down from the mountain den and the trip to the meadow where they and the other bears in the area gather to find food. If they get by the daily obstacles, they go searching for the best places to hunt the salmon, making the run upriver to spawn.

Then it is a trip back to the den to sleep for another winter under a blanket of snow.

Emotion, intelligence and personality shine through the footage of the bears, and the presentation is a great introduction for children to know more about these great beasts.

The Blu-ray combo package was released this week and the ones sold before Tuesday will help raise funds for s great cause. A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. I had the opportunity to view the Blu-ray and DVD this week.

In the extras is where the photography and producing crew get to show off the process and work that went into the film. The "Welcome to Alaska" feature offers a look at the beach landing strip where the crew’s plane, and only way in and out of the national park, is the lifeline to the outside world. They had to cart in the base camp and photography supplies by raft and then by land. In "A Guide To Living With Bears," we meet the guides who know how to talk to the animals. With their posture and voice they show the bears that the camera crew is not a threat.

Overall, by watching the film and the extras, the viewers are give…

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