Tina Fey, 'Dr. Horrible,' 'True Blood' pick up early Emmys
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Is Tina Fey an Emmy winner? You betcha. Fey received an Emmy Award on Saturday for her impersonation of Republican vice presidential contender Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live."
Accepting her trophy for best guest actress in a comedy, Fey thanked "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels and her parents, "who are lifelong Republicans, for their patience."
She was honored at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmys, which recognize technical and other achievements for the 2008-09 season and preceded next weekend's main ceremony. Fey has the chance for more awards: She could repeat last year's win as best actress in a comedy series for "30 Rock," and the show also could again claim top comedy honors.
Justin Timberlake was another "SNL" winner Saturday, honored as best guest actor in a comedy series.
On the drama side, Michael J. Fox won the guest actor award for his turn on "Rescue Me," and Ellen Burstyn was honored as best guest actress for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
"I always wanted one of these," Burstyn said, winning her first Emmy after being nominated five times.
Neither Timberlake nor Fox were on hand to accept.
Kathy Griffin was host of the nearly four-hour ceremony, her trademark outrageous humor intact with risque jokes and filmed bits.
An edited, shorter version of the ceremony will air Friday on E! at 1 p.m. EDT.
The top network winner was HBO with 16 trophies, followed by NBC with 11. Fox and ABC each won eight awards, with CBS, PBS and Cartoon Network each claiming six.
PBS'"Little Dorrit," an adaptation of the Dickens novel, was the most-honored program with four awards. Several shows, including the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and "American Idol," received three creative arts trophies.
Next Sunday's Emmy ceremony, with Neil Patrick Harris as host, will air on CBS.
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[HITFIX ADDENDUM: Although the Associated Press didn't feel like mentioning it, we somehow suspect our readers would want to know that "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" won for Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs, "True Blood" won for casting, "Chuck" won an Emmy for stunt work and "Pushing Daisies" won Emmys for costuming, art direction and makeup.]