Modern Family will have to wait to set the record for most wins in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, as HBO’s Veep took home the big trophy tonight at the 67th Primetime Emmys. The win is the culmination of a big night for the HBO series, which already had taken home Emmys for comedy writing for Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche, supporting actor for Tony Hale and lead actress for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Series creator Armando Iannucci accepted the award on behalf of the show, saying that Veep is “a show about the hope… that anyone in American can work hard and just miss out at getting the top job.” Tonight’s win is a great going-away present for Iannucci; he stepped down as showrunner at the end of the just-completed season 4. David Mandel will be taking over the role for season 5.
Veep‘s win also was part of a big night for HBO itself. Followed by a win for Game of Thrones for Outstanding Drama Series, the final two wins ultimately gave the premium cable channel more statuettes than all other networks/streaming services combined.
The other Comedy Series nominees were FX’s Louie, NBC’s Parks And Recreation — which ended its seven-season run this year — HBO’s Silicon Valley, Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.