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Toni Collette scores first big win for Showtime

September 20, 2009 |  6:06 pm

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Slowly, cable continues to topple the longtime reign of broadcast networks at the Emmys.

Toni Collette's victory as best comedy actress for "United States of Tara" marks the first time that Showtime has won a top Emmy race. It's still never won best drama or comedy series, but it earned its first and second nominations for top drama last year and this one ("Dexter") and its first bid for best comedy this year ("Weeds").

Rival pay channel HBO has won tons of Emmys, of course, including two for best drama ("The Sopranos") and one for best comedy ("Sex and the City"), plus lots for acting. FX has claimed two for acting (Michael Chiklis for "The Shield" and Glenn Close for "Damages"). Last year AMC pulled off the first big win for a basic cable series with the triumph of "Mad Men" and Bryan Cranston scored a rare victory for an actor in a basic cable series ("Breaking Bad").

Photo: Showtime

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