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.
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 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 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.
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.
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