Fox’s “King of the Hill” and HBO’s “Todd McFarlane’s Spawn” took animated program honors as the creative arts Emmy trophies were handed out Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
HBO racked up the most wins with 16, including three nods for the telepic “The Rat Pack” and two apiece for its much-nommed series “The Sopranos” and its “Winchell” biopic. NBC, which led the Emmy nominations with 82 bids, collected 11 statuettes, three of which went to the mini “Alice in Wonderland.”
“King of the Hill” beat out fellow Fox toons “The Simpsons,” “Futurama,” and “The Pjs” as well as Cartoon Network’s “The Powerpuff Girls” in the category for animated programs up to an hour in length. “Spawn” took the honor for animated program over an hour.
Awards in 52 craft and technical categories were bestowed at Saturday’s ceremony. The remaining 27 categories for the 51st annual primetime Emmy Awards will be unveiled Sept. 12 in a live broadcast on Fox.
On Saturday, stage and screen vet Edward Herrmann won for drama series guest actor for his turn as a tobacco industry defender on “The Practice.” Debra Monk fended off challengers Julia Roberts, Patty Duke, Veronica Cartwright and Marion Ross in the drama series guest actress field to win for her role as Katie Sipowicz on “NYPD Blue.”
Mel Brooks won his second consecutive comedy series guest actor Emmy for his romp as Uncle Phil on the farewell season of “Mad About You.” Tracey Ullman bagged another Emmy, this time for comedy series guest actress for her perf last season on Fox’s “Ally McBeal.”
Producer Arnold Shapiro (“Scared Straight”) was the victor in the children’s program category for his syndie spec “The Teen Files: The Truth About Drinking,” hosted by Leeza Gibbons.
Series visual effects honors went to the crew behind the “Dark Frontier” seg of UPN’s “Star Trek: Voyager,” while the Peacock’s “Alice in Wonderland” took the f/x trophy for movies and miniseries. The nod for series casting went to HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
In the competish for best commercial, NBC’s on-air promotions wing trumped advertising agency mavens with its “New Friend” spot for the Snap.com online service operated by NBC. Vince Manze, NBC’s exec VP of advertising and promotion, quipped that his acceptance speech “ran two minutes longer than the actual commercial.”
MTV and the History Channel shared the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 1999 Governors Award for excellence in programming.
MTV was recognized for its “Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence” campaign, which included several docu programs and PSA spots. The History Channel was honored for its “Save Our History” preservation initiative.
(Susanne Ault contributed to this report.)