That was Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan after the show won Best Drama at the 2013 Emmys.
The hotly contested top prize went to AMC’s series for the first time on Sunday night, just as the teacher-turned-meth dealer cooks up its final two episodes. Others shows hoping to win included Game of Thrones, American Horror Story: Asylum, Homeland and House of Cards, the first Internet show ever to be nominated for the prestigious gong.
Indeed, video on-demand was arguably the victor of this year’s ceremony, which saw host Neil Patrick Harris joke about VOD’s impact on the changing industry – and the binge-viewing trend that has come with it.
“Right now, I am watching an episode of American Horror Story: Asylum on my contact lens,” quipped the well-coiffed showman.
Homeland’s Best Actress Claire Danes was the only member of the CBS thriller to retain her title after it swept the major categories last year, while The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels delivered a surprise upset, beating both Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and House of Cards’ backstabbing politician Kevin Spacey.
But Netflix’s original show still managed to bag three awards, for Directing, Casting and Cinematography. And with another season House of Cards on the way, not to mention new show Orange Is the New Black, Netflix’s groundbreaking nominations are only beginning.
Its biggest win, though, came with Breaking Bad, as Vince Gilligan hailed the VOD service’s help in making the show a success. Breaking Bad had a total of 10 nods and won three of them.
“I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two if it wasn’t for video on demand, and also the internet component of it where folks get to chat,” The Independent quotes him as saying backstage.
Indeed, AMC’s show has reportedly hit an average of 5.2 milion viewers in its final run of eight episodes, the second half of Season Five. That’s twice as many as last year. Netflix is credited with much of that boost, giving audiences the chance to catch up in advance of the finale.
“It really has held us in good stand,” added Gilligan. “It’s a bold new era.”
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