HBO, Showtime, Cartoon Lead Cable's Creative Emmy Haul


HBO, Showtime and Cartoon Network set the pace for cable in taking home this year's Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

HBO earned a total of 17 awards, while premium network rival Showtime copped five at the ceremony held Saturday inside the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. For its part, Cartoon Network garnered four Creative Emmy statues.
All told, cable networks earned 36 awards, compared with 38 for their broadcast competitors: ABC (15), Fox (nine), CBS and NBC (seven apiece).
PBS netted seven, while the digital community was represented by, and, each of which captured one statue.
On the HBO side of the ledger, the pay TV kingpin notched seven Creative Emmys for miniseries The Pacific, three for concert documentary, The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert" and a pair for telefilm Temple Grandin.
Showtime's haul was highlighted by a win for John Lithgow, who was named outstanding guest actor for his portrayal of Arthur Mitchell on the Emmy-nominated serial killer series Dexter.
Original series Weeds gained a victory for cinematography for its episode entitled, "A Modest Proposal," while Nurse Jackie celebrated with the Emmy for outstanding original main title theme music. Outgoing period piece The Tudors ended its reign by scoring a pair of wins: for outstanding costumes and outstanding single-camera work.
Cartoon Network's wins included the Emmy for outstanding short-form animated series for Robot Chicken's "Full-Assed Christmas Special."
AMC's retro advertising series Mad Men grabbed two trophies for casting and hairstyling, while Discovery Channel won for outstanding non-fiction cinematography for Life ("Challenges of Life") and outstanding sound mixing for non-fiction programming for Deadliest Catch ("No Second Chances").
These other cable networks each were honored with a single Creative Emmy: A&E, History, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, USA Network and Disney Channel.

The Creative Emmy Awards ceremony will appear at a two-hour special on E! on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. (ET/PT).

Click here for a complete list of winners.