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Small-Screen Stars Honored At Emmy Awards

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The stars of the small screen strode down the red carpet last night, to attend the Emmy Awards.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

"How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris was the host. Here's how we met him.

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INSKEEP: From the big opening number, everything went just as Kevin Spacey wanted it to.

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GREENE: Spacey plays the scheming, power-hungry politician Frank Underwood on the Netflix original drama "House of Cards."

INSKEEP: Now, one of the big questions going into last night's Emmys was this: Would an online streaming service be able to beat out the networks and cable channels for a big award?

GREENE: Netflix did. "House of Cards" won Best Directing for a Drama Series. Still, cable showed its continued strength throughout the night.

INSKEEP: AMC's soon-to-end "Breaking Bad," about Walter White's descent into depravity and drug production, won for Best Drama. It was the first time it won the award, despite three previous nominations.

GREENE: For Showtime, Merritt Wever, who plays a nurse on "Nurse Jackie," took home Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and also, the unofficial award for best acceptance speech.

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GREENE: Short and sweet. Another surprise came with the variety show award. "The Daily Show" has dominated that category, winning every year since 2003.

INSKEEP: This year, it went to Stephen Colbert's outlandish Comedy Central satire, "The Colbert Report."

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GREENE: Some kept their winning streaks.

INSKEEP: ABC's "Modern Family" won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series for the fourth straight year.

GREENE: Best Lead Actress in a Drama went to Claire Dane from Showtime's "Homeland," once again.

INSKEEP: And Jim Parsons, who plays an extremely awkward physicist on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," took home his third Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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