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September 17, 2008
Music Emmys Honor Pushing Daisies, The Company
Awards repeat for scorers Beal, Watters; firsts for Dooley, Landau by Jon Burlingame

LOS ANGELES—Music from Pushing Daisies and The Company won Emmys for the 2007-2008 television season during Saturday's 60th Annual Creative Arts Primetime Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theatre.

Jim Dooley

Jim Dooley
(Photo by Matthew Imaging)

First-time nominee Jim Dooley won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) for his charming score for the "Pigeons" episode of ABC's Pushing Daisies.

Jeff Beal

Jeff Beal
(Photo by Matthew Imaging)

Jeff Beal won his fourth Emmy – this one, in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special – for his dramatic music for the opening installment of TNT's CIA miniseries The Company. Beal previously won Emmys for the theme from Monk, last year's Nightmares & Dreamscapes miniseries, and the 2002 documentary Peggy & Dorothy.

Mark Watters

Mark Watters
(Photo by Matthew Imaging)

Mark Watters won his sixth Emmy – this year's, shared with drummer/producer Steve Jordan – as co-music director on the CBS special Movies Rock. Watters won music-direction Emmys for his work on opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2002 Winter Olympics; he also has Daytime Emmys for his animation scores and a Documentary Emmy for a 2001 special on Alaskan caribou.

Russ Landau

Russ Landau
(Photo by Matthew Imaging)

Two-time nominee Russ Landau (Survivor, seaQuest 2032) won his first Emmy for Original Main Title Theme Music for CBS's Pirate Master.

And in a second consecutive year of bad-taste choices, Emmy voters chose "I'm F***ing Matt Damon" from ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live as the year's best original TV song (the category's official title is Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics). The winners – comedian Sarah Silverman, who performed it, and co-writers Tony Barbieri, Wayne McClammy, Sal Iacono and Dan Warner – beat out less offensive songs from Disney's Phineas and Ferb, HBO's Flight of the Conchords and Fox's MADtv.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman
(Photo by Matthew Imaging)

The equally sophomoric and profane "Dick in a Box," done by Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, won last year's song Emmy.

The Creative Arts ceremonies will be broadcast, in edited form, on E! Entertainment Television at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. ABC will telecast the Primetime Emmy Awards at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

©2008 Jon Burlingame
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