“The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole,” an episode of the Nickelodeon series The Penguins of Madagascar, was named Outstanding Animated Program on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
It defeated American Dad!: “Hot Water” (Fox Television Animation; FOX), Bob’s Burgers: “BurgerBoss” (BentoBox Entertainment; FOX), Futurama: “The Tip Of The Zoidberg” (The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television; Comedy Central) and The Simpsons: “Holidays Of Future Passed” (Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television; FOX).
Also nominated in the category were Adventure Time: “Too Young” (Cartoon Network Studios; Cartoon Network), Disney Phineas And Ferb: “The Doonkleberry Imperative” (Disney Channel; Disney Channel), MAD: “Kitchen Nightmare Before Christmas“/”How I Met Your Mummy” (Warner Bros. Animation; Cartoon Network) and Robot Chicken: “Fight Club Paradise” (Stoopid Monkey/Shadow Machine/Williams Street; Cartoon Network).
For the second year in a row, actor Maurice LaMarche was honored for Outstanding Voiceover Performance for his work on Comedy Central’s Futurama.
In particular, he was recognized for voicing Clamps, Donbot, Hyperchicken, Calculon, Hedonismbot and Morbo on the Futurama episode “The Silence of the Clamps.”
Others nominated were Dan Povenmire as Doctor Doofenshmirtz in Disney Phineas And Ferb: “Across The 2nd Dimension” (Disney Channel; Disney Channel); Rob Riggle as Noel in Disney Prep & Landing: “Naughty Vs. Nice” (Walt Disney Animation Studios; ABC); Kristen Wiig as Lola in The Looney Tunes Show: “Double Date” (Warner Bros. Animation; Cartoon Network); and Hank Azaria as Moe Szyslak, Duffman, Mexican Duffman, Carl, Comic Book Guy and Chief Wiggum in The Simpsons: “Moe Goes From Rags To Riches” (Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television; FOX).
6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park had been nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. However, the Comedy Central program lost to HBO’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World; its helmer, Martin Scorcese, won for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.
HBO topped the night at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 17 golden statuettes. The premium cable network was followed by CBS, with 13 Emmys, and PBS with 11.
Leading the recipients of multiple awards was the HBO drama Game of Thrones, with six Emmys. Based on A Song of Fire and Ice, a series of medieval-era fantasy novels by author George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones earned a total of 11 Emmy nominations in this, its second season.
Following Game of Thrones, with four Emmys each, were Discovery’s Frozen Planet, PBS’s Great Expectations (Masterpiece) and NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
The ceremony was held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. An edited version of the event will air as a special at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Saturday, September 22 on ReelzChannel.
The show featured the first In Memoriam segment at a Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, a montage that included dozens of camera operators, picture editors, art directors and many other crafts, as well as performers with Creative Arts provenance.
The latter included the late Kathryn Joosten, who won two Emmys as a guest actress on Desperate Housewives at previous Creative Arts shows. She is nominated posthumously this year for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, also for Desperate Housewives. That award will be given at next Sunday’s Primetime Emmys ceremony.
Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program was PBS’s Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger.