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Monday, August 23,2010

Creative Arts Emmys march to 'The Pacific'

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service

LOS ANGELESBetty White continues her reign as America's golden girl. Neil Patrick Harris' singing and dancing prove to be a killer combination. And HBO is still a television force to be reckoned with thanks in part to "The Pacific."

At least that's what was learned from the roster of winners at Saturday night's Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which honor the categories that aren't recognized on the big night. More than 70 awards were presented at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. White's Facebook-generated "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig and Harris' turns as Tonys host and guest star on "Glee" landed both veteran TV stars the golden statuette.

"The Pacific" began its stride through the Emmys with seven early wins, including best casting of a movie/miniseries — bringing the network's total to 17 for the night; more than any other network. The World War II miniseries remains in contention for five more awards on Sunday.

In the guest actor drama category, John Lithgow won for his role as "Dexter's" Trinity Killer. Ann-Margret won for a role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

AMC's "Mad Men" nabbed best casting in a drama series. Rookie "Modern Family" — with 14 nominations overall — got three early honors, including an Emmy for best casting in a comedy series. Could this translate to an Emmy for outstanding comedy?

Other notable winners were "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" for best reality program and Jeff Probst of "Survivor" for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program (his third straight win).

The ceremony will be turned into a two-hour special on E!, airing Friday.


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