2012 Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Justified,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Downton Abbey,’ Among Winners

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A week before the big awards are doled out at the Emmys, the technical awards and guest actors are being honored Saturday at the Nokia Theatre LA for the Creative Arts Emmys, which will air an edited special on the Reelz network, Sept. 22 at 8pm.

Among some of the winners already announced are HBO’s Game of Thrones for Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Showtime’s Homeland for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Girls for a Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and HBO’s Game Change for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special.

AMC’s The Walking Dead and Greg Nicotero‘s team of makeup artists for Outstanding Prosthetics and Makeup, Hatfields & McCoys for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or MovieDownton Abbey for Hairstyling for TV Series, NBC’s Smash for Outstanding Choreography, Downton Abbey for Outstanding Music Composition Dramatic Score and American Horror Story for Hairstyling for a Miniseries.

Shocking many was Jeremy Davies who took home an Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Dickie Bennett in Justified. He beat out stiff competition from Breaking Bad’s Mark MargolisParenthood’s Jason RitterThe Good Wife’s Dylan Baker and Michael J. Fox, and Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman.

Kathy Bates took home the Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for her work in Two and a Half Men. She beat out Elizabeth Banks in 30 RockMargaret Cho as Kim Jong-il in 30 RockDot-Marie Jones in Glee and Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph who each hosted Saturday Night Live.

HBO’s critical favorites, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones tied for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series; both series also took the Hollywood magic awards Thrones for Special Visual Effects and Empire for Visual Effects in a Supporting Role. 

2 Broke Girls won Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series, and there was another tie for Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Program by The 54th Grammy Awards and the 65th Tony Awards.

Editing Awards went to Homeland (for Drama Series beating Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Downton Abbey), Curb Your Enthusiasm (for Single-Camera Comedy beating Modern Family and 30 Rock) How I Met Your Mother (for Multi-Camera Comed), and Hatfields & McCoys (for Mini-Series or Movie). Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming went to Deadliest Catch.

Fans of animated series might be surprised to see that Penguins of Madagascar won for Outstanding Animated Program, beating out American Dad, The Simpsons, Futurama, and Bob’s Burgers. Futurama’s Maurice LaMarche took home another Emmy for Outstanding Voice Performance.

Commercial nerds will be a bit disappointed to know that Target’s “Color Changes Everything”, Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime in America” and Volkswagen’s “The Bark Side” and “The Dog Strikes Back” Star Wars parodies were beaten by Procter & Gamble’s “Best Job” commercial.

Other awards given out were:

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: Jeff Greenberg (Modern Family), Jennifer Euston (Girls), Julie Tucker (Nurse Jackie), Benard Telsey (The Big C), Seth Yanklewitz, Michael Nicolo, Anya Colloff, and Juel Bestrop (New Girl), and Allison, Jennifer Euston, and Pat Moran (Veep).

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live, Bobby Cannavale for Nurse Jackie, Will Arnett for 30 Rock, Greg Kinnear for Modern Family and Jon Hamm for 30 Rock.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Kathy Bates for Two and a Half Men, Melissa McCarthy for Saturday Night Live, Maya Rudolph for Saturday Night Live. Margaret Cho for 30 Rock, Dot-Marie Jones for Glee and Elizabeth Banks for 30 Rock.

Outstanding Cinematography for Multi-Camera Series: Gary Baum for Mike & Molly, Steven V. Silver for Two and a Half Men, Gary Baum for 2 Broke Girls, Chris LaFountaine for How I Met Your Mother, and John Simmons for Pair of Kings (Disney XD).

Outstanding Single-Camera Editing for Comedy Series: Ryan Case for Modern Family, Steven A. Rasch for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Steven A. Rasch for Modern Family, Ken Eluto for 30 Rock and Leap Day for 30 Rock.

Outstanding Multi-Camera Editing for Comedy Series: Peter John Chakos for The Big Bang Theory, Joseph Bella for Two and a Half Men, Darryl Bates for 2 Broke Girls, Mark Alan Dashnaw for Hot in Cleveland, and Sue Federman for How I  Met Your Mother.

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Half-Hour Comedy or Drama Series: Tom Stasinis, Dennis Kirk, and Todd Orr for Entourage; Stephen A. Tibbo, Brian R. Harman and Dean Okrand for Modern Family; Jan McLaughlin and Peter Waggoner for Nurse Jackie; Robert Palladino, Martin Brumbach, Josiah Gluck and William Taylor for 30 Rock; and John Cook, Steve Morantz, Peter Nusbaum for Parks and Recreation.

Giveaway: Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

Another season of Family Guy and American Dad may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your regular fix of Seth MacFarlane humor.

seth_cavalcade_dvdThis May, Seth MacFarlane presents “Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy,” a collection of animated shorts guaranteed to make you say WTF?! To celebrate the release, BuzzFocus and 20th Century Fox are teaming up to giveaway (5) copies of Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy on DVD.

About Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy:
Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy” and “American Dad”, brings you the Cavalcade of Comedy – non-stop, uncensored laughs with never-before-seen, exclusive new episodes – too outrageous for TV or the internet!

Special Features
**Red Carpet Piece

**Still Galleries:
*Rough Character Models
*Cleaned Up Character Models
*Colored Character Models

Entering is simple. You’ve got to be 18 years of age, reside in the USA and provide your name and a valid email address (only used to contact winner) in the form below. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 7 days to claim their prize. Make sure you get your entry in before Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:59PM PST!

(5) lucky winners will win a copy of Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy on DVD!

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Giveaway: Celebrate Another MacFarlane Finale with American Dad Volume 4

Another Spring Season is almost at a close. And, with it comes the season 7 finale of Family Guy and the season 4 finale of American Dad, Seth MacFarlane’s brain children.

American DadTo celebrate another great season of animated antics, BuzzFocus and Fox are teaming up to giveaway (5) copies of American Dad: Volume 4 on DVD.

Entering is simple. You’ve got to be 18 years of age, reside in the USA and provide your name and a valid email address (only used to contact winner) in the form below. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 7 days to claim their prize. Make sure you get your entry in before Sunday, June 5, 2009 11:59PM PST!

(5) lucky winners will win a American Dad: Volume 4 on DVD!

About American Dad: Volume 4
C.I.A. weapons expert Stan Smith is back, keeping the homeland secure while alienating his family and terrorizing his neighbors in the process. Whether he’s saddling up for a mad cow cattle drive or destroying evidence of President Bush’s drunken debauchery, Stan does whatever it takes to ensure domestic tranquility and make the world safe for democracy of the ultra-right-wing variety! Join the Smith family and Roger, their alcoholic pet alien, for this hilarious Volume Four of American Dad. God Bless America!

Be sure to catch the Family Guy Season 7 Episode 16 Finale, “Peter’s Progress,” Sunday, May 17 at 9/8 C on Fox. And, at 9:30/8:30 catch the American Dad Season 4 Episode 20 Finale, “Stan’s Night Out.”

DVD Review: Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy – The Gloves are Off

Seth MacFarlane, creator of “American Dad” and “Family Guy”, is back with a new DVD release that’s guaranteed to make you question your ethical integrity. If you’ve ever wondered what MacFarlane would be like with his gloves off and free from censors, you’re answer is here.

seth_cavalcade_dvdSeth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy features 50 shorts filled with moments that will make you exclaim, “Wow, he really went there.” Each short features MacFarlane’s trademark pop culture satirical humor with an added dose of “oh sh!t.” Seth goes from mocking Super Mario’s relationship with Princess Toadstool to examining the complexity of Optimus Prime having sex. And, trust me, the latter is a sight to see – if your integrity can handle it. Wonder what would happen to the Wild E. Coyote if he ever caught the roadrunner? Well, Seth explores that as well.

I remember when “Office Space” first came out and the new water cooler talk revolved around your coworker’s “Oh! Face.” If you’ve never been privy to Seth’s humor before, Cavalcade of Comedy will be sure to have you donning an entirely new jaw dropping face: the “Seth Mac Face.” The title cards between each short may be lame, but you’ll pick your jaw up nearly every time after each of Seth’s 10 “Things You Never Hear” sketches.

There are definitely a few shorts in here that aren’t up to snuff with Seth’s comedy. Some are borderline bad. However, there are enough laugh-out-loud moments to warrant checking this release out. Die hard Seth MacFarlane fans may have already caught several of these shorts on YouTube. Since most shorts are unrelated quick shock jokes, it may not be worth it for many to buy this release. After seeing most of the shorts once, you probably won’t find yourself watching them a second time.

The DVD and Blu-Ray releases are light on special features. The still galleries feature rough character models, cleaned up character models and colored character models. But, there’s really nothing interesting in the change between any of these models. They may as well have just had one gallery instead of fooling you by breaking it up into three sections.

The best bonus feature of this release is the Red Party Premiere. You’ll get to see Seth and several celebrities watch the premiere of Cavalcade of Comedy. James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken) were also on the red carpet.

Special features:
– Still Galleries: Rough Character Models, Cleaned up character models and Colored character models.
– Red Carpet Premiere

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon ComedyTitle: Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (DVD)
Starring: Seth MacFarlane
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Release Date: May 12, 2009
Rating: 7.5 / 10
Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon ComedyTitle: Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (Blu-Ray)
Starring: Seth MacFarlane
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Release Date: May 12, 2009
Rating: 7.5 / 10

DVD Review: ‘American Dad’ Volume Four is Detestably Irreverant & Hilarious

When it comes to breaking the Moral Compass on what’s PC with the FCC, no one does it better than “Family Guy” creators Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. The creative trio’s guns blazing latest animated family satire, “American Dad,” one again breaks all the rules of TV humor.

americandad_boxThe James Bond spoofed series stars father figure Stan Smith, a conservative CIA agent who loves his family and government above all else. The series follows the exploits of Stan, his beloved wife Francine, their outspoken daughter Hayley, socially awkward son Steve, Klaus the German goldfish, and the family’s Alf – an alcoholic master-of-disguise extraterrestrial live-in named Roger.

“American Dad” Volume Four features 14 episodes from seasons three and four. Volume Four kicks off with an origin of Stan’s family. You’ll see how Stan and his beloved wife Francine met, as well as how the couple first met Roger. Each episode is marvelously irreverent and will have you wanting to say the things you know you shouldn’t – because that’s what “American Dad” does every second. From “heaven gun” fights in the afterlife to jokes against Jim Henson’s Muppets, MacFarlane, Barker and Weitzman threaten the world of pop-culture with their detestably irreverent laugh-out-loud raunchiness. Each moment will make you exclaim “WTF,” followed by “I can’t believe he said that,” as you try your best to hold in your laughter.


“American Dad” follows suit with the pop-culture humor of “Family Guy,” without the cut scenes. Even though you may not get the pop-culture reference “American Dad” is mocking you’ll still laugh as each line hits you with a joke you just weren’t expecting. You’ll see the drunken alien Roger hold chicken fights Michael Vic style, while Kermit and Jim Henson are banished to the Phantom Zone as Superman is compared to God. It’s all twistedly-wrong humor, as the “dark side of the force” in you loves every hilarious minute of it.

The DVD is packed with special features: tons of deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes production interviews with the creative team of “Tearjerker: And Then They Will Cry” and “Roger: Master of Disguise.” The most notable special feature is the “Comic Con 2008.” The “American Dad” panel was by far one of the coolest Comic Con Panels of San Diego Con 08. You’ll get to see all the voice actors read through the first act of one of the episodes as if were a table read. The panel then presents the second act as a black and white animatic, followed by the third act in full color. My only wish is that the Play All feature skipped the full credits and intro sequence between episodes.

“American Dad” is a must watch for anyone who is open to laughing at everything wrong in society. MacFarlane, Barker and Weitzman have created another winner that will hopefully see live on for several more seasons.

Special Features:
– Deleted Scenes
– Tearjerker: And Then They Will Cry with Production Team – see the origin of Klaus
– Roger: Master of Disguise
– Comic Con 2008

Episodes Include:
Oedipal Panties
Red October Sky
Office Spaceman
Stanny Slickers
Spring Break-Up
1600 Candles
The One That Got Away
One Little Word
Choosy Wives Choose Smith
Escape From Pearl Bailey
Pulling Double Booty
The Most Adequate Christmas Ever

seth macfarlane american dadTitle: : American Dad: Volume 4
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Rating: 8.5 / 10