Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Saturday won the Emmy Award for short-format live-action entertainment programs, a first for creator Joss Whedon, whose only previous Emmy nomination was for writing the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Hush," which he didn't win. The award was one of the Creative Arts Primetime Emmys presented in Los Angeles, which recognize technical and other achievements for the 2008-'09 season.
The well-deserved Emmy recognized the unprecedented Web musical, which Whedon created with the help of his brothers Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer) and actress Maurissa Tancharoen, who is also Jed's wife. (She prefers the designation "writer/actress/wife/ruler of all the Whedons.")
The 43-minute musical centers on the title wannabe supervillain, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who secretly pines for Penny (Felicia Day) while scheming to vanquish the superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and gain entry into the Evil League of Evil.
Dr. Horrible was one of the nominees in the brand-new Emmy category of short-format live-action entertainment program. The nominees also included Syfy.com's Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy, written by Whedon's one-time Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Jane Espenson.
Syfy's Battlestar Galactica did win an award for best sound editing for a series.
In other creative arts Emmy awards, True Blood won for casting, Chuck won an Emmy for stunt work, and Pushing Daisies won Emmys for costuming, art direction and makeup.