- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Emmys for ‘Adams’

HBO’s “John Adams” solidified its position as an Emmy front-runner, converting eight of its 23 nominations into wins to lead the way at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

The two most nominated series, AMC’s critical darling “Mad Men” and NBC’s Emmy-winning “30 Rock,” followed with four and three wins, respectively.

The wins “John Adams” received for casting, costumes, prosthetic makeup, visual effects, sound mixing, editing, cinematography and art direction gave HBO 16 overall nods to lead all networks. ABC and PBS followed with nine apiece and CBS with eight.

The marathon Creative Arts ceremony, the precursor to Sunday’s main event, airing live on ABC, was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris of “How I Met Your Mother” and Sarah Chalke of “Scrubs,” Variety reports.

NBC’s “30 Rock,” PBS’ Ken Burns miniseries “The War” and CBS’ 50th annual Grammy Awards telecast each nabbed three awards.

Kathy Griffin picked up the Emmy for reality program for the second year in a row for her Bravo series “My Life on the D-List.”

In the series-guest-star categories, the comedy trophies went to Kathryn Joosten for ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and Tim Conway for “30 Rock.” On the drama side, Glynn Turman won for his turn on HBO’s “In Treatment,” and “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon was recognized for her work on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”

Among the prominent program winners were HBO’s “Autism: The Musical,” which prevailed for nonfiction special, and HBO’s “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project,” for variety, music or comedy special. The nonfiction-series category yielded a tie between PBS’ “American Masters” and Showtime’s “This American Life”; the children’s program category also was a tie, between HBO’s “Classical Baby” and Nickelodeon’s “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee.”

In the animation categories, Fox’s “The Simpsons” added another award to its trophy case for the segment “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind,” in the category of animated programming of less than an hour. Comedy Central’s ” South Park” won in the hour-or-more category for the segment “Imaginationland.”

A raise for Dr. House

Hugh Laurie reportedly will become one of TV’s highest-paid stars thanks to a new deal with Universal Media Studios, Zap2it.com reports.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Laurie’s pact will keep him with his hit Fox drama “House” through the 2011-12 season. The trade paper also says the actor’s new salary will be roughly $400,000 per episode.

The actor, whose original “House” salary was in the mid-five-figure range, may also get a producing credit of some sort, THR said. The Emmy-nominated star’s last salary bump came in the summer of 2006, when his per-episode rate rose from $250,000 to $300,000.

The fifth season of “House” premieres tonight.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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