The Primetime Emmys awarded 26 trophies on Aug. 25, but that glittering ceremony shouldn’t be allowed to overshadow the Creative Arts Emmys that took place Aug. 16, when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences handed out a whopping 80 awards — mostly saluting the work of TV artisans.
Not surprisingly, craft awards were given to such buzzy series as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” (outstanding art direction, costumes, prosthetic makeup and vfx), “True Detective” (cinematography, makeup, title design), and Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” (picture editing).
But also in the winner’s circle were such offerings as Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” (reality cinematography, reality picture editing), Showtime’s “House of Lies” (contemporary art direction) and Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” (animated program).
Those shows are well-liked by audiences, but when you talk about “Emmy bait,” those aren’t exactly the titles that come to mind.
Perhaps the TV Academy voters were making an implicit statement: Good work is good work, whether it’s on a show that’s prestigious or not.