Homeland knocks Mad Men off its throne

“Homeland,” which is based on the Israeli show “Hatufim” (Prisoners of War), dethroned “Mad Men” as the top drama on television at the Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 23 in Los Angeles.

“Homeland” won for best drama, best actress in a drama (Claire Danes), best actor in a drama (Damian Lewis), and best writing, with Gideon Raff — creator of the original Israeli version — sharing in the recognition. The second season of the  Showtime series starts next week.

In the comedy category, “Modern Family” was tapped as best show for the third straight year, with Jewish creator Steve Levitan also taking the prize in the best directing category. “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” snagged the Emmy for best variety series for the 10th consecutive year. — jta