‘Grease: Live’ wins Best Special Class Program at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys!

Grease: Live” won Best Special Class Program at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys on September 11, just as we were anticipating. According to the Expert TV journalists we polled it was a close race. Fox’s musical event had a narrow advantage against the “69th Annual Tony Awards” telecast. Click here for the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy winners.

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Eleven out of 16 experts predicted “Grease: Live”: Michael Ausiello (TV Line), Robert Bianco (USA Today), Eric Deggans (NPR), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed). The live musical surprised by garnering 10 nominations total, and it has won four so far, also including Best Lighting Design, Best Production Design and Best Technical Direction. Director Thomas Kail is nominated at the main telecast on Sunday, September 18.

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The other five experts were predicting the Tony Awards, placing it second: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Poster), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine). The Tonys had won this award seven times, including five in a row from 2010-2014. But in 2015 it was defeated by another staging of a classic musical: “Sweeney Todd” as part of PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” series.

None of our experts predicted the remaining three nominees. The 2016 Oscars telecast, hosted by Chris Rock, ranked third. “Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show,” which featured Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, was next. Rounding out the category was “The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards” hosted by Ricky Gervais.

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