HBO Leads With 17 Creative Arts Emmys, CBS 13, PBS 11; ‘Undercover Boss’ Wins Reality Emmy; ‘Daily Show’ Writers, Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Bates, Jeremy Davies, Martha Plimpton Win Emmys; ‘Wizards Of Waverly Place’ & ‘The Penguins Of Madagascar’

By Nikki Finke, Nellie Andreeva

The first 2012 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. HBO led with 17 Emmys, followed by CBS with 13 and PBS with 11. HBO’s Game Of Thrones was the most awarded show with 6 Emmys. CBS’ Undercover Boss won Outstanding Reality Show, Wizards Of Waverly Place snagged Outstanding Children’s Program, and The Penguins Of Madagascar received Outstanding Animated Show. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart writers won for Outstanding Variety Series Writing. And Guest Actor/Actress winners were Jimmy Fallon (SNL host), Kathy Bates (Two And A Half Men, which means hell froze over since no one ever expected this show to win anything this year), Jeremy Davies (Justified), and Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife). In a ‘first’ this year, the Creative Arts Emmys did an ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Two hours of this ceremony will be televised on September 22nd at 8 PM by ReelzChannel. Which prompted Dan Bucatinski of Web Therapy to joke onstage that “We’re spelling winners and losers with a ‘z’.” But expect a bleeped telecast: presenter Kathy Griffin let loose her disappointment after her Bravo special Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker was beaten by the distinguished Kennedy Center Honors. “Fuck the Kennedy Honors!” she repeated 3 times.

2012 Creative Arts Emmy Analysis

Deadline’s Diane Haithman and AwardsLine’s Anthony D’Alessandro were on the scene: With downtown Los Angeles temperatures reaching a near-record 100 degrees plus, this year’s nominees for Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were hot under the collar as they hit the Red Carpet. “The heat is a bit taxing here for us Brits,” exclaimed Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey. Noted Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner who braved the Red Carpet early, “I’m about to go into something that hopefully is like air conditioning.” He was there primarily because “if one of our guest actors win, it would be huge because we’ve never won in the acting category before.” Ben Feldman and Julia Ormond were nominated but did not win for their guest turns in Mad Men.

As previously announced, former Television Academy Chairman Dick Askin was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Syd Cassyd Founders Award for “positive impact” on the Academy through longtime involvement. He said backstage how he felt about the tribute: “Well, very honored is the short answer. It’s pretty extraordinary.” Asked to talk about the digital transition going on in TV, he replied: “It’s all good as far as I’m concerned. It acts as a way of enhancing television. It’s a new revenue stream, and it’s just starting. Four years from now we’ll look back and what we’re doing now will seem simple.”

The Academy’s prestigious Governor’s Award is given to the “It Gets Better” Project, an organization that supports LGBT youth. Neil Patrick Harris, presenter, spoke about how teen suicide is an epidemic among LGBT teens and that fact is “not just shocking, it should shake us to our core. They are told their very nature is sick and wrong. Well, it’s not. ‘It Gets Better’ is here to say it loud and clear.” Organization reps Dan Savage and Terry Miller accepted.

2012 Creative Arts Emmy Winners

Outstanding Reality Program
Undercover Boss (CBS) – Eli Holzman, Executive Producer; Stephen Lambert, Executive Producer; Chris Carlson, Executive Producer; Scott Cooper, Co-Executive Producer; Sandi Johnson, Co-Executive Producer; Rachelle Mendez, Supervising Producer; Lety Quintanar, Supervising Producer; Rebekah Fry, Supervising Producer

Outstanding Children’s Program
Wizards Of Waverly Place (Disney Channel) – Ben Montanio, Executive Producer; Vince Cheung, Executive Producer; Todd J. Greenwald, Executive Producer; Gigi McCreery, Co-Executive Producer; Perry Rein, Co-Executive Producers; Richard Goodman, Supervising Producer; Greg A. Hampson, Produced By

Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger (PBS) – Carol-lynn Parente, Executive Producer; Melissa Dino, Supervising Producer; Mason Rather, Senior Producer; Kevin Clash, Producer

Outstanding Animated Program
The Penguins Of Madagascar: “The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole” (Nickelodeon) – Bob Schooley, Executive Producer/Written by; Mark McCorkle, Executive Producer/Written by; Bret Haaland, Co-Executive Producer; Nick Filippi, Supervising Producer; Chris Neuhahn, Supervising Producer; Ant Ward, Supervising Producer; Andrew Huebner, Produced by; David Knott, Supervising Director; Shaun Cashman, Animation Director; Steve Loter, Animation Director; Christo Stamboliev, Animation Director

Outstanding Short-form Animated Program
Regular Show – “Eggscellent” (Cartoon Network) – Brian A. Miller, Executive Producer; Jennifer Pelphrey, Executive Producer; Curtis Lelash, Executive Producer; Rob Sorcher, Executive Producer; JG Quintel, Executive Producer/Written by; Mike Roth, Supervising Producer/Writer; Janet Dimon, Producer; Matt Price, Writer; Jack Thomas, Writer; John Infantino, Supervising Director/Writer; Robert Alvarez, Animation Director

(Juried Awards) Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation
Phineas and Ferb, “Doof Dynasty”, Jill Daniels, Background Paint (Disney Channel)
Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, Bill Schwab, Character Design, (ABC)
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, “Nighmare Sauce,” Chris Tsirgiotis, Background Design (Cartoon Network)
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, “Nighmare Sauce,” Robertryan Cory, Character Design (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Nonfiction Series
Frozen Planet (Discovery Channel) – Alastair Fothergill, Executive Producer; Susan Winslow, Executive Producer; Vanessa Berlowitz, Series Producer

Outstanding Nonfiction Special
George Harrison: Living In The Material World (HBO) – Margaret Bodde, Executive Producer; Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Executive Producer For Sikelia Productions; Blair Foster, Supervising Producer; Olivia Harrison, Produced By; Nigel Sinclair, Produced By; Martin Scorsese, Produced By

Outstanding Variety Special
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) – George Stevens, Jr., Producer; Michael M. Stevens, Producer

Outstanding Special Class Program
65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) – Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer; Glenn Weiss, Executive Producer; Neil Patrick Harris, Producer/Host
Backstage, Harris compared hosting the Tonys to what he thinks it would feel like to host the Academy Awards: “You have a little bit more freedom, a little bit more passion. Oscars feels a bit more like you’d have to watch your back at every turn [because] it’s a ginormous audience,” he said.

Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs
Childrens Hospital (Cartoon Network) – Rob Corddry, Executive Producer; Jonathan Stern, Executive Producer; David Wain, Executive Producer; Keith Crofford, Executive Producer; Nick Weidenfeld, Executive Producer; Rich Rosenthal, Co-Executive Producer

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Independent Lens) (PBS) – Connie Field, Producer; Lois Vossen, Series Senior Producer; Sally Jo Fifer, Executive Producer

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper (Two And A Half Men)
Lisa Kudrow, presenter, joked onstage: “Kathy Bates could not be here tonight because she started reading 50 Shades Of Grey this morning.”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm (The Good Wife)
Backstage, Martha Plimpton called her win “thrilling. There were so many fantastic actresses nominated in that category. I have to be honest and say it was very surprising.” She noted that many people have called the ruthless attorney she portrayed on The Good Wife not very likeable but said: “I like her very, very much. She is ruthless [but] she is written with a certain kind of wry intelligence.” Will the character return to the show? “Not that I know of, but I would love it,” she said. “Anything is possible in television, you know.”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett (Justified)
Davies backstage reacted to his win: “I have redefined the meaning of flabbergasted. He said the nod “means that I think I’m officially getting away with my misfit self in this business. Is this actually happening? Is it too late for a recount?” He apologized for the spiky haircut required by his role and joked: “I hope the suit helped.” He said he was happy to have the “God-sized privilege of going from one epic acclaimed show, Lost, to one that’s equally acclaimed.” The actor also confirmed that he will be returning to Justified next season: “I think it’s OK to say, yeah, I am returning. I wasn’t killed.”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Jimmy Fallon, Host (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) – Tim Carvell, Head Writer; Rory Albanese, Writer; Kevin Bleyer, Writer; Rich Blomquist, Writer; Steve Bodow, Writer; Wyatt Cenac, Writer; Hallie Haglund, Writer; JR Havlan, Writer; Elliott Kalan, Writer; Dan McCoy, Writer; Jo Miller, Writer; John Oliver, Writer; Zhubin Parang, Writer; Daniel Radosh, Writer; Jason Ross, Writer; Jon Stewart, Writer
Backstage, the writers kvelled over their win with team member Kevin Bleyer explaining how they work. They comeg up with a basic outline for the show early in the day, then re-write, tweak, and refine the content late in the day to reflect breaking news. “We have the benefit of being a show that will be on the next day [so] we’re not required to be a 24 hour a day cable network,” he said. Colleague Elliott Kalan confirmed that some stories are just too serious for snarky humor, but added that the writers look for “something going on around it that we came make fun of about not being right”.

This article was printed from