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ANALYSIS: Newcomer ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Comeback Kid ‘Futurama’, Justin Timberlake & Jeff Probst Rule The Creative Emmys

Nellie Andreeva

2011 Creative Emmys Winners, 2011 Creative Emmys By The Numbers
The top of the standings at the Creative Emmy Awards tonight looked familiar: HBO leading the network pack with most wins, 15, and an HBO program scoring the most wins. But there was a mild surprise on the show rankings side. The rule of thumb is that the program that scores the most Emmy nominations — almost always a longform project — usually bags the most trophies at the Creative Emmys. (Last year, it was HBO’s mega-mini The Pacific.) This year, another HBO mini, Mildred Pierce, landed the most Emmy noms, 21, but did not leave with the most trophies tonight. That honor went to HBO’s new drama series Boardwalk Empire, which, with its elaborate sets and period setting, dominated the field with 7 Emmys. Meanwhile, Mildred Pierce landed 3 Emmys, as much as The Kennedys and just one more than Downton Abbey. (All three are nominated for best TV movie or miniseries.) This could be a sign that the race in the top longform category, already made more competitive by merging TV movies and minis this year, may get even tighter.

Boardwalk Empire was not the only rookie to make a solid entrance into the Emmy circle. Fledgeling cable channel ReelzChannel, which this year is taking over from E! as the broadcaster of the Creative Emmys, landed its first 3 Emmy Awards tonight for its first original program, … Read More »

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2011 Creative Arts Emmys By The Numbers

By | Saturday September 10, 2011 @ 7:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2011 Creative Arts Emmy Winners; ANALYSIS: Newcomer ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Comeback Kid ‘Futurama’, Justin Timberlake & Jeff Probst Rule The Creative Emmys

HBO once again led the pack at the Creative Emmy Awards with 15 trophies, with its freshman series Boardwalk Empire as the program with most wins, 7. Here is a list of the networks and programs with multiple Emmy wins tonight.

HBO 15
PBS 10
Discovery Channel 4
Cartoon Network 3
ReelzChannel  3
Comedy Central  2
Disney Channel  2
Showtime  2 Read More »

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2011 Creative Arts Emmys: John Walsh, Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake, Jeff Probst, ‘Deadliest Catch’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’

By | Saturday September 10, 2011 @ 5:30pm PDT

2011 Creative Arts Emmys By The Numbers; ANALYSIS: Newcomer ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Comeback Kid ‘Futurama’, Justin Timberlake & Jeff Probst Rule The Creative Emmys

The first 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out this afternoon at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Like last year, pairings of showrunners with talent from the shows they produce presented. They included Jon Cryer & Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men), Connie Britton & Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Phil Keoghan & Bertram Van Munster (The Amazing Race), Jeff Probst & Mark Burnett (Survivor) and Chris Colfer & Brad Falchuk (Glee). Among the categories awarded today were Outstanding Reality Series and Best Guest Actors/Actresses in both Drama and Comedy series. The ceremony will air September 17 on ReelzChannel. Deadline’s Diane Haithman and Karen Nicoletti were on the scene. Walking the Red Carpet leading to tonight’s awards, Robert Kirkman, the Executive Producer of Walking Dead, reminds us that the Creative Emmys are for categories that are “the heart and soul of the television shows.”

And the winners are:

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Harry’s Law • NBC • Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with David E. Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television
Paul McCrane as Josh Peyton

Winning the evening’s final award, Paul McCrane dedicated it to the memory of his father, James J. McCrane. “He would do anything to make a living in this business,” he said, adding that any actor who can make a living at the craft is lucky. “Anything else is gravy, and this makes some awfully nice gravy.”
BACKSTAGE: “I would like to say [the award] really doesn’t matter that much, but the truth is the nomination meant a lot to me. It was a fun challenging character that David Kelley wrote. I worked really hard on it, and I was happy with the work. Some other people were too, and that was really gratifying.” McCrane said that these days he is directing a lot of episodic TV “and I act when they let me. On Monday I go back to work on Harry’s Law.” He recently helmed a Harry’s Law episode and has directed CSI, “the mothership,” and has another CSI directing gig coming up next month. He said that Ted Danson’s addition to the CSI cast “breathes all kind of new life into the show. But [as a director] you don’t reinvent the wheel over there. They know what they’re doing.”

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Grey’s Anatomy • ABC • ABC Studios
Loretta Devine as Adele Webber

This is her first Emmy nomination and first win. ”I’ve been on that show for seven years, and they always make it feel like I’m coming home.”
Backstage, Loretta Devine updated on her career. She will be back on Grey’s Anatomy: “They haven’t killed me yet.” Says work continues on her upcoming TV series State of Georgia, starring Raven Symone for ABC Family: “We are trying to wait to see what happens to that. ” Also in the works for her is the film sequel to Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale called Getting to Be Happy.

Presenting team of Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims and co-star Connie Britton gave a makeup award and joked about how little makeup there was on FNL, a show known for ”sweat and grittiness”.
Jason Katims: “Makeup aside, we are so proud to have made a show about human dignity.”
Connie Britton: “If I’d had a little more makeup, I would have had a little more human dignity.”

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video
Justin Timberlake, Host

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Glee • FOX • Ryan Murphy Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holliday

After Gwyneth Paltrow’s Glee win for Outstanding Guest Actress, the presenters joked about her absence. Alison Brie: Gwyneth Paltrow is not here. She couldn’t make it because she is at Happy Hour at the Starlight Room. Dan Harmon: Snap!

Governors Award honoree John Walsh, backstage, talked about how continuing to do specials for Fox, which carried his show America’s Most Wanted for 23 years, is like “dating your ex.” The always-intense Walsh says he accepted the offer to move his program to Lifetime instead of accepting any of “tons” of other offers, including hosting other sorts of crime-related programs, because “all I really want to do is catch bad guys and find missing children.” He says he is still trying to get an international crime-busting program, The World’s Most Wanted, off the ground.

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Survivor • CBS • SEG Inc.
Jeff Probst, Host

Outstanding Reality Program
Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel • Produced by Original Productions, LLC for Discovery Communications
Thom Beers, Executive Producer
Jeff Conroy, Executive Producer
Paul Gasek, Executive Producer for Discovery Channel
Tracy Rudolph, Executive Producer for Discovery Channel
Matt Renner, Co-Executive Producer
Sheila McCormack, Supervising Producer
Ethan Prochnik, Series Producer
Steven Robillard, Senior Producer
Todd Stanley, Producer

Outstanding Children’s Program
A Child’s Garden Of Poetry • HBO • HBO Family in association with The Poetry Foundation
Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer
Jacqueline Glover, Supervising Producer
Amy Schatz, Produced By
Beth Aala, Producer
Beth Levison, Producer

Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Under The Influence: Kids Of Alcoholics • Nickelodeon • Nickelodeon in association with Lucky Duck Productions
Linda Ellerbee, Executive Producer
Rolfe Tessem, Executive Producer
Wally Berger Supervising Producer
Mark Lyons, Producer
Martin Toub, Produced By

Matthew Weiner, presenting the children’s TV awards with Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men, joked about five different actors playing Bobby Draper in the series so far. “I’m the father of four boys, none of whom has ever been replaced — well, one. What was I supposed to do — he couldn’t take direction.” Joked Shipka, about what she has learned from being on the show: “If you don’t want to bruise the gin, stir gently.”

Outstanding Animated Program
Futurama • The Late Philip J. Fry • Comedy Central • The Curiosity Company in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Matt Groening, Executive Producer
David X. Cohen, Executive Producer
Ken Keeler, Executive Producer
Dan Vebber, Co-Executive Producer
Patric M. Verrone, Co-Executive Producer
Josh Weinstein, Co-Executive Producer
Eric Horsted, Co-Executive Producer
Michael Rowe, Co-Executive Producer
Lee Supercinski, Produced By
Claudia Katz, Produced By
Gregg Vanzo, Animation Executive Producer
Lewis Morton, Written by
Peter Avanzino, Supervising Director/Directed By
Scott Vanzo, Director of Computer Graphics
Ira Sherak, Assistant Director

David X. Cohen, accepting on behalf of the large Futurama animation team, said that if he had to describe the feeling of winning an Emmy in one word, “that word would be ‘blank space.’ That’s the part I didn’t write yet.” Read More »

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