Judge Judy Sheindlin finally got the verdict she's been seeking for a long time at the Daytime Emmys. Her feisty courtroom show may dominate that TV genre, but it had never won the Emmy for Best Legal/Courtroom Program – until now.
"Judge Judy" was one of many surprising victors when the Creative Arts Emmys were doled out at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday night.
Another was the trophy won by Kevin Clash – Elmo on "Sesame Street" – who is facing his own real courtroom drama while being accused of sex with under-age males.
More winners will be announced Sunday night when the main Daytime Emmy ceremony will be aired on CNN Headline News at 8 p.m. ET.
Best Children's Animated Program
"Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"
Best Children's Series
"R.L. Stine's 'The Haunting Hour, the Series'"
Best Pre-School Animated Program
Best Pre-School Children's Series
Best Legal/Courtroom Program
Best Lifestyle Program
"The Martha Stewart Show"
Best Host in a Lifestyle/Travel Program
Leeza Gibbons, "My Generation"
Best Performer in a Children's Series
Kevin Clash as Elmo, "Sesame Street"
Best Travel Program
"Jack Hanna's 'Into the Wild'"
'The Office' won Best Comedy in 2006, but breakout star Steve Carell never won an Emmy for his role as hapless regional manager Michael Scott. Even in his final year, when he was considered a slam-dunk for his swan-song episode, 'Goodbye Michael,' Emmy voters looked the other way, instead honoring Jim Parsons ('The Big Bang Theory') for the second year in a row.
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