- Associated Press - Sunday, September 11, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - “Boardwalk Empire” captured a leading seven trophies at the creative arts Emmy Awards, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Timberlake earning TV comedy series guest-star honors.

Paltrow, recognized for “Glee,” and Timberlake, a winner for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” were no-shows at Saturday’s ceremony for technical and other achievements. It preceded the main Sept. 18 Emmy show.

“She couldn’t be here because it’s happy hour at the Starlight Room,” presenter and “Community” actress Alison Brie joked about Paltrow’s absence.

Timberlake received his award for hosting a “Saturday Night Live” episode and shared in another Emmy for co-writing his opening monologue, in which he crooned about not wanting to sing.

“Justin Timberlake really wanted to be here but we said no, they want to see the writers,” “SNL” head writer Seth Myers told the audience.

“Boardwalk Empire,” which stars Steve Buscemi as a Prohibition-era politico in Atlantic City, N.J., earned trophies for categories including art direction, picture editing and makeup.

Loretta Devine was honored as best guest actress in a drama series for “Grey’s Anatomy,” with Paul McCrane earning the category’s best actor award for “Harry’s Law.”

Fired “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen, the subject of a Comedy Central “roast” taping across town Saturday, was at the ceremony in spirit as his former co-star Jon Cryer and series creator Chuck Lorre presented awards in the casting category.

Lorre said he’d been urged to share funny stories about casting, asking Cryer: “What do you think? Got any amusing anecdotes?”

“Uh, none that amuses me,” Cryer replied.

“Drawing a blank,” Lorre concluded.

“America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh received the Governors Award, and said backstage that he had received offers from Fox, which dropped the show, and CNN to do news commentary. He turned them down.

“I said to Fox, all I really want to do is catch bad guys and find missing children,” Walsh said. “This is the only thing I know how to do on television.”

He’ll be hosting a new version of the show on the Lifetime network and hopes to expand internationally.

Howie Mandel teased next week’s Emmy Awards, saying: “This is great. These are the creative Emmys. Unlike the Emmys next week, where there’s no creativity at all.”

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