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Emmys 2015: Veep is this year's Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family's reign is over

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HBO's Veep has just won the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, ending a five-year run on the award by perennial favorite Modern Family. The sharp political satire had been nominated for each of its first three seasons, and it picked up its first award in the category for its fourth. It won out over a highly competitive field that included the aforementioned Modern Family, Louie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Transparent, Parks and Recreation, and Silicon Valley.

Modern Family has had a stranglehold on this category this decade despite fierce competition. It won its fifth consecutive award at last year's ceremony, meaning each of its first five seasons had been named Outstanding Comedy Series — of course, that run has ended tonight. Veep also won awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Tony Hale), and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) earlier in the evening — receiving Outstanding Comedy Series is the golden cap on a fine evening for the show.