The 2013 Emmys will be remembered as the year of Liberace and Bob Newhart.
"Behind the Candelabra," an HBO biopic about the showman pianist who died in 1987, collected eight prizes at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. (There are so many Emmy categories that the prizes require two ceremonies.)
At the prime-time telecast this coming Sunday on CBS, Elton John will sing to honor Liberace. "Candelabra" is the heavy favorite to win more prizes, including top TV movie, director (Steven Soderbergh) and actor (either Michael Douglas as Liberace or Matt Damon as the pianist's former lover, Scott Thorson). Douglas and Damon will be presenters.
But one of the best incentives to tune in at 8 p.m. Sunday will be to see Bob Newhart take a bow for winning his first Emmy ever. Yes, first Emmy. He was honored for his performance as a guest star on "The Big Bang Theory."
Newhart collected the prize at the Creative Arts Emmys; the guest-star winners appear on the main telecast as presenters. Newhart played Professor Proton on the CBS sitcom, and he will return in the role this season.
There were many winners at the Creataive Arts Emmys, which will air at 9 p.m. Saturday on FXX. Other guest star victors were Oscar-winner Melissa Leo as Laurie on "Louie," Dan Bucatinsky for playing James Novack on "Scandal" and "True Blood" actress Carrie Preston for her showy turn as attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on "The Good Wife."
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn were judged best hosts for a reality contest for "Project Runway." Lily Tomlin was saluted for best voice-over performance for narrating HBO's "An Apology to Elephants."
Program winners included "South Park" for animated series, "Undercover Boss" for reality show, "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee" for children's program and "The Kennedy Center Honors" for variety special.
There was a tie for best informational program between "Inside the Actors Studio" and "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown."
Prizes for "Behind the Candelabra" included art direction, editing, hairstyling, costuming, sound mixing and makeup. HBO had another big winner in "Boardwalk Empire," which earned four trophies. CBS' Tony Awards special, which celebrates the best of Broadway, also won four Emmys.