9 items from 2007
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ABC's Ugly Betty and NBC's Heroes took top honors Wednesday night at the Family Friendly Programming Forum's ninth annual Family Television Awards, which recognizes "outstanding programming for family viewing."
Betty was honored in the comedy category; Heroes in drama. Awards were presented in nine other categories, including miniseries or special (Discovery Channel's Planet Earth), movie musical (High School Musical 2), new series (ABC's Pushing Daisies), cable series (ABC Family's Kyle XY) and reality show (Fox's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?). Actors honored were Kyle Chandler, America Ferrera, Zac Efron and Zachary Levi.
The PGA Awards will be held Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton.
The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award In Episodic Television -- Comedy
The Office, NBC
30 Rock, NBC
Ugly Betty, ABC
The Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television -- Drama
Grey's Anatomy, ABC
The Sopranos, HBO
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television
The Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," Bravo
Planet Earth, Discovery Channel
60 Minutes, CBS
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Live Entertainment/Competition
The Amazing Race, CBS
American Idol, Fox
The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Project Runway, Bravo
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO »
The HBO movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee topped the winners list Saturday at the 58th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five statues including makeup, picture editing, sound mixing and editing and cinematography.
Regarding the Emmy recognition for Bury, executive producer Dick Wolf said after the show: "I'm both honored and humbled by the academy's recognition of 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.' This project has been both a labor of love and a labor of conscience for everyone who worked on it. I thank the incredible team of professionals who made the dream a reality."
Overall, Bury is this year's most-nominated program, with a total of 17 Emmy noms.
Elaine Stritch provided one of the night's highlights with her acceptance speech for her win as best guest actress in a comedy series for her role on NBC's 30 Rock.
"I think it's kind of obvious how long I've been this profession," said Stritch, who was carrying a walking cane after having recently broken her foot. "And I can't get over that I still feel the way I do, it's un-fucking-believable," the three-time Emmy winner said to applause from the audience.
"I'm a recovering alcoholic, a riddled diabetic and I've got laryngitis," Stritch added, "but I just won an Emmy."
"In 1951, I was named most promising newcomer; I'm glad I finally realized my potential," quipped the actress, who made her debut in the film An American in Paris.
"It was enormously thrilling to play this part," she added. "I've done many musicals and comedies, and this part had real drama in it and real humanity." »
The U.S. Television Critics Association has named fantasy superhero drama Heroes its TV program of the year. Other winners at an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday were American football drama Friday Night Lights - which scooped the Outstanding New Show prize and the U.S. version of the The Office, which won Best Comedy. The full list of winners is as follows: Program Of The Year: Heroes; Outstanding New Program: Friday Night Lights; Outstanding Achievement In Drama: The Sopranos; Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: The Office; Outstanding Achievement In News & Information: Planet Earth; Outstanding Achievement In Children's Programming: Kyle XY; Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Mini-Series & Specials: Planet Earth; Individual Achievement In Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Individual Achievement In Drama: Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Heritage Award: The Sopranos; Career Achievement: Mary Tyler Moore. »
Another NBC rookie, "Friday Night Lights", took home outstanding new program, while "The Office" grabbed outstanding achievement in comedy for the second consecutive year. Alec Baldwin won the peacock's fourth trophy for individual achievement in comedy.
"The Sopranos" also had a strong showing at the TCA Awards, which was held by the Television Critics Assn. at the Beverly Hilton. The HBO series was awarded outstanding achievement in drama and the Heritage Awards, which salutes long-running programs with "a lasting cultural or social impact."
Another multiple winner was Discovery Networks' "Planet Earth", which nabbed outstanding achievement in news and information and outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials.
Written and directed by Michael McCullers, the film centers on a single career woman (Fey) whose desire to have a child and keep her career leads her to hire a surrogate (Pohler). Weaver will play Chaffee Bicknell, owner and operator of the surrogate agency that Fey's character uses.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in May.
Weaver, whose recent credits include Snow Cake, The TV Set and Imaginary Heroes, next appears in Columbia Pictures' thriller Vantage Point and David Auburn's The Girl in the Park. She also is about to begin work on James Cameron's special effects extravaganza Avatar.
She is repped by UTA and attorney Alan Wertheimer. »
NEW YORK -- Discovery Communications is going green in a big way, developing a series titled 10 Ways to Save the Planet for the Discovery Channel and rebranding another channel, Discovery Home, as Discovery Planet Green, dedicated to environmentally conscious living.
At its upfront presentation last week in Manhattan, new president and CEO David Zaslav announced those and several other initiatives, including the network's plans to stream two full-length premieres on the Web a week before they air on TV.
The green initiative builds upon the success of Discovery's multipart Planet Earth HD series that has been five years in the making. Zaslav said this was the next logical extension of the vision of that series. It's a multiplatform event that will involve not only Discovery and the new Discovery Green Planet but also Animal Planet (for shows on animal extinction) and Discovery Health Channel (for shows on healthy living).
"It's a great initiative that goes to the heart of what Discovery is all about," Zaslav said.
Save the Planet will spotlight global warming and what can be done about it. The series debuts in third-quarter 2008.
Discovery GM Jane Root said that in the same way that Planet Earth has helped people fall in love with their planet all over again, Save the Planet will help them learn how to save it. »
The first three installments debuted from 8-11 p.m. Sunday, averaging 5.7 million total viewers in the first hour, 6.1 million in the second and 5.4 million in the third, according to Nielsen Media Research. That means the three shows ranked as the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 basic cable programs of the week (March 19-25).
Discovery also estimated that an additional 500,000 homes watched Planet Earth in high definition nationally from 8-11 p.m. The network said the show's overall performance boosted its monthly and quarterly ratings, averaging 1.4 million total viewers in March (up 29% from March 2006) and 1.3 million in first-quarter 2007 (up 18% from first-quarter 2006).
The remaining installments of Earth air from 8-10 p.m. over the next four Sundays.
9 items from 2007
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