Emmys: 'Veep' Wins Outstanding Comedy Series

The HBO series previously won best supporting actor and best actress in a comedy series Emmys.

Veep unseated longtime champ Modern Family to win the Emmy for outstanding comedy series at Sunday night's ceremony.

The HBO series was nominated for nine Emmys and won four awards on Sunday night, including outstanding supporting actor and lead actress in a comedy series as well as the award for outstanding writing in a comedy series. The show won five Emmys overall this year.

Former showrunner Armando Iannucci, who left the show after its fourth season, accepted the award, with the Brit thanking America for being "so welcoming."

"If Veep is about one thing, it's about hope. The hope that anyone in America, no matter what their background, their race, their creed, anyone, if you work hard, can just miss out on getting the top job," Iannucci said to laughs from the audience.

However, this situation, which served as the show's premise, does have a loophole, with Iannucci adding that one could get the top job, "if the boss is mentally incapacitated or killed."

He also thanked HBO and the show's cast, which he called "the most wonderful, fantastic" one he's "ever worked with."

Veep was previously nominated for best comedy series in its previous three seasons, losing to Modern Family every year.

Indeed, with its win, Veep ends Modern Family's long Emmy winning streak. The ABC sitcom had won best comedy series for the past five years, every year since it first became eligible in 2010. If Modern Family had won for a sixth time, it would have overtaken Frasier as the show with the most consecutive wins in this category. Although there was speculation that Modern Family's reign would come to an end this year, The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg predicted that Transparent would win, becoming the first streaming series to take the prize, while THR's chief TV critic Tim Goodman said FX's Louie should win.

Veep beat out Louie, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Silicon Valley, Transparent and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to win the award. Comedy legend Mel Brooks presented the award, with Iannucci joking after he took the stage, and Brooks told him to hold up the Emmy, that Brooks was directing him.

The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.