‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Modern Family’ win big at Monte Carlo TV Festival

Worthy of Jon Snow's praise!

Game of Thrones” is getting the kind of royal treatment — and not the kind where the townspeople throw dung at King Joffrey on the street.

Earlier this week, the hit HBO drama (and conqueror of all things awesome) was honored with the Outstanding International Producer of a Drama Series praise at the Monte Carlo TV Festival — something else that the region is now famous for besides oodles of money and gambling in James Bond movies. The irony here is that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are being honored at the same time that HBO is giving them a serious wag of their premium-cable finger after using a mask of George W. Bush on a prop head during season 1.

Here are some of the other (and dragon-free) winners from the TV festival:

Best International Producers of a Comedy Series – Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, “Modern Family”

Best Drama Series – “CSI”

Best Comedy Series – “Desperate Housewives”

Best Soap Opera – “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Best Actor in a Comedy – Jason Priestly, “Call Me Fitz”

Best Actress in a Comedy – Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Based on some of the American winners from this show, we can only really make one deduction — people in Monaco only have the four major TV networks along with HBO. Where’s “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad“? Nonetheless, we really can’t complain about any awards show that chooses to recognize a fantasy show — which is something pretty unheard of to begin with. “Game of Thrones” is likely to pick up a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, but the only major trophy it seemingly has a great shot at winning is Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage — which is the same thing the show picked up last year.

We are now in the early stages of Tyrion Lannister withdraws — “Game of Thrones” season 3 will start shooting in a matter of months, and will likely premiere in April 2013.

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