Emmys sink to a new ratings low

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The spendthrift Netflix beat out HBO for bragging rights for the most Emmy wins, racking up seven trophies to the premium cable net's half-dozen.

In the opening monologue, Saturday Night Live comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che made a mocking reference to "The Apprentice", the reality show that once starred Trump.

The glittering gala in downtown Los Angeles will see "The Handmaid's Tale" face off with record-breaking HBO fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" for top honors - especially the coveted best drama prize.

That's how you get shows like "Modern Family" and "Mad Men" and actors like Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") that win over and over (and over and over) again.

The 72-year-old Winkler looked bowled over when he won for best supporting actor in a comedy series on Monday for his role as Gene Cousineau on HBO's dark comedy "Barry".

"Maisel" led the pack this year on the comedy side of things, winning eight of the 14 categories it was nominated in - including outstanding writing and direction for a comedy series and a lead actress win for star Rachel Brosnahan. But in 2018 the television academy bucked that trend by mostly rejecting repeat winners in favor of first-time champs.

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"This wasn't supposed to happen", said a startled Foy.

"I don't even believe in God, but I am going to thank her tonight", Newton said.

Representing the ad-supported networks, FX snagged two surprising and deserved wins for "The Americans" and multiple for "The Assassination of Gianni Versace", including best actor in a limited series and best limited series.

"You wonder why I don't want to call you my girlfriend?"

The Emmys opened with a daring song-and-dance number poking fun at myriad controversies, including the problem of ensuring diversity in Hollywood productions.