- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2007

‘Knee’ wins for HBO

HBO shored up its Emmy hopes by nabbing 15 trophies during Saturday’s marathon Creative Arts Primetime Emmy ceremony — where awards were presented in craft and technical categories — at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Variety reports.

The premium cable channel’s winners were paced by the made-for-cable film “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which led the program pack with wins for makeup, cinematography, picture editing and sound mixing for a movie or miniseries.

As usual, HBO — with 86 bids — leads all networks in this year’s Emmy race. “Wounded Knee” leads all programs with 17 nominations. The shower of Creative Arts kudos indicates that “Wounded Knee” has strong momentum heading into Sunday’s ceremony at the Shrine, where awards will be presented in 29 high-profile categories. The 59th annual Primetime Emmys will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and telecast on Fox.

Following “Wounded Knee” in the winner’s circle at Saturday’s four-hour ceremony (hosted by comic Carlos Mencia) were Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth” and NBC’s “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” special, with four statuettes apiece.

Also Saturday, filmmaker Spike Lee earned his first two Emmys for his HBO documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” one for director of nonfiction programming and another for “exceptional merit” recognition as part of the “Levees” producing team.

Among broadcast networks, NBC laid claim to both guest-actress awards, with Elaine Stritch winning for “30 Rock” and Leslie Caron — returning to American television after more than 20 years — winning on the drama side for her appearance on “Law & Order: SVU.” The Peacock’s haul also included the trophy for original music and lyrics for the much-talked-about Justin Timberlake-Andy Samberg off-color duet on “Saturday Night Live.”

In the animation field, Comedy Central’s “South Park” won for animated program (less than one hour); Cartoon Network’s “Camp Lazlo/Where’s Lazlo?” triumphed in the hourlong race.

Return engagement

TBS has renewed its freshman sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show” for a second season, giving the comedy a 10-episode order, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The series, seen Tuesdays at 9 p.m., debuted July 17 to 3.9 million total viewers and is averaging 2.7 million over seven episodes, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The show stars Mr. Engvall as a family counselor whose own family is unpredictable and a little mixed up. Nancy Travis, Jennifer Lawrence, Graham Patrick Martin, Skyler Gisondo and “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Tim Meadows round out the cast.

The first-season finale airs tonight at 9.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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