HBO’s dominance of the longform categories helped the network lead the charge at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, picking up 16 statuettes– the same as its 2008 tally.
Among the notable names getting Emmy love: Michael J. Fox, Tina Fey, Ellen Burstyn and Justin Timberlake, all of whom won for guest roles in series.
PBS miniseries "Little Dorrit" was the most honored program overall, with four wins at the Saturday ceremony.
AMC’s "Mad Men," which last year won four Emmys at the Creative Arts ceremony, took home just one statuette this year. And ABC’s now-resting-in-peace "Pushing Daisies," which earned two Creative Arts Emmys last year, took home three more Saturday.
Also winning three Emmys Saturday were the 81st Annual Academy Awards, "American Idol," the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, "Generation Kill" and "Grey Gardens."
Fey, who won for her performance as Gov. Sarah Palin, is nominated for best comedy actress at next week’s primetime Emmys. As for Timberlake, the singer took home the award for best guest actor in a comedy (hosting "Saturday Night Live"), beating out fellow nominees such as Steve Martin and Alan Alda in the category.
It’s the second time "SNL" has yielded Timberlake an Emmy. In 2007, he and Andy Samberg took home the award for original music/lyrics for their collaboration on "Dick in a Box."
Guest actors usually show up as presenters at the primetime Emmys. It’s unclear if Fox or Timberlake will make it to next week’s show.
There was a bit of an upset in the reality program competition. Bravo’s "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," which has won two previous years, lost out to A&E’s "Intervention." Griffin hosted Saturday’s ceremony, which took place at the Nokia Center in downtown LA.
"South Park" won for best animated program under one hour. PBS’s "American Masters" earned an Emmy for outstanding nonfiction series.
And Joss Whedon fans rejoiced as "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" won an Emmy for short format live action entertainment program.
Also on the digital tip: NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," less than a year old, has won an Emmy for interactive media, non-fiction. ABC’s "The Dharma Initiative" online site won in the same category, but for fiction.
E! will air the Creative Arts Emmys on Friday at 1 p.m.
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