By Meredith Blake
5:46 PM PST, January 13, 2013
Showtime’s “Homeland” has won the Golden Globe award for best television drama series for the second year in a row. It triumphed over a field that included “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “The Newsroom” (HBO), “Downton Abbey” (PBS) and “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO).
The series wrapped its second season on Showtime in December. Based on an Israeli series called “Hatufim,” it stars Claire Danes as a psychologically troubled CIA agent who believes that a U.S. Marine, played by Damian Lewis, has been turned by Al Qaeda after eight years in captivity. The show premiered to rave reviews in 2011 and swept the Emmys this past September, but some critics were less pleased with the dramatic plot twists of the second season.
"Breaking Bad," about the downward spiral of a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher turned crystal meth kingpin played by Bryan Cranston, has been nominated for numerous Emmys. But it has proved a tougher sell with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. This is the first time the show was nominated in the series category, and only the second nomination for Cranston, who won the lead actor Emmy for three years running. The final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” will air on AMC later this year.
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