Surprises add 'Spice' to Creative Emmys

Ryan Seacrest earns first-ever Emmy

Neil Patrick Harris wins two Emmys
2010 Creative Arts Emmy winners, facts & figures (PDF)

Sure, HBO cleaned up as usual. But Emmy also met a lot of new faces at this year’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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At the ceremony held Saturday inside the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, the cable network earned a total of 17 awards, namely for technical achievement in its epic miniseries "The Pacific," original film "Temple Grandin" and the musical event "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert," which earned seven, two and three awards respectively.

But in between the cable giant's expected haul were fresh faces that livened up an awards telecast once lovingly dubbed as "The Schemmys" by last year's host and 2010 nominee, Kathy Griffin. (No host was on tap this year.)

"American Idol" host and perennial Emmy bridesmaid Ryan Seacrest collected his first-ever statuette for his role as producer on "Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution," which won for outstanding reality series.

Accepting the award, Seacrest gave a shout-out to an absent Oliver. "I applaud his courage to take on the obesity epidemic in America," said Seacrest, who dedicated the Emmy to the people of Huntington, W.Va., where the show was filmed.

Actor Isaiah Mustafa -- a.k.a the Old Spice Guy -- also made his first trip to the Emmy stage alongside reps from Wieden + Kennedy, the agency that created his hit series of commercials for Old Spice, who apologized for Mustafa’s having to wear a shirt "due to the dress code."

ABC was a surprise number two behind HBO with 15 total wins, including awards for "Modern Family" (sound mixing, casting), "Dancing With the Stars" (directing, hairstyling), "Lost" (editing) and an impressive total for its animated children's program "Disney Prep and Landing," which earned the second-most awards for a single program (four) after "The Pacfic."

Fox and CBS earned nine and seven Emmys respectively, the former bringing home two awards for its breakout series "Glee" (sound mixing, Neil Patrick Harris' guest spot) and an original dramatic score nod for the last season of "24." CBS scored two Emmys for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and another outstanding reality competition host nod for Jeff Probst, who also won last year.

"Saturday Night Live" capped off its record-setting year (surpassing "E.R.," it is now the most nominated show in history) with three wins for directing, makeup and Betty White's guest-actress turn -- giving NBC three of its seven total wins. Also honored for the network was Ann-Margret's guest-actress in a drama series role on "Law & Order: SVU" and its presentation of the "Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony."

On the cable dial, Showtime saw five flashes of gold for "The Tudors" (costumes), "Nurse Jackie" (original music) and John Lithgow's guest arc on "Dexter." While AMC didn't see any wins for "Breaking Bad," it did score two awards for its hit series "Mad Men," which won for hairstyling and casting.

Comedy Central can add another coveted feather to its comedy cap with a win for outstanding writing in a variety series for "The Colbert Report," which killed Conan O’Brien’s chances for a writing victory for his short-lived foray on NBC's "Tonight Show."
Also a winner in the offbeat the cable-comedy realm was Cartoon Network’s "Robot Chicken," whose award for short-form animated program was accepted by a gleeful Seth Green.

Already onstage to present the award, the show’s executive producer/co-writer signed off his speech with a bewildered: "What the hell? Yeah!"