Friday, August 9, 2002
Tasteful family fare is celebrated on ABC
Tom Bergeron hosts the fourth annual Family Television Awards (8 p.m., ABC), honoring family-friendly programs in eight different categories. Don't go looking for suspense here, though ï¿½ the winners have already been announced.
CBS won three awards: Best Movie ("The Rosa Parks Story"), Best New Series ("The Guardian") and Best Actor (Simon Baker from "The Guardian"). ABC won twice, for Best Animated Special ("Dinotopia") and Best Comedy ("My Wife and Kids"). The WB won for Best Series, ("7th Heaven") and Best Actress (Alexis Bledel of "The Gilmore Girls"). The PBS drama "American Family" won for Best Special Series.
NBC, home to situation comedies where everyone appears to be 20-something, single and sexually active, did not win any Family Television Awards. With the possible exceptions of "Frasier" and "Providence," there are no shows about families on NBC. Fox, home of "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill," two of the funnier animated families, was also shut out. By limiting categories to network fare, the awards have overlooked the Family Network series "State of Grace," my nominee for best overall family-oriented program. The awards also slight the critically loved, but largely unwatched, WB comedy "Maybe It's Me."
Stars and producers, including Angela Bassett ("Rosa Parks), Simon Baker and Dabney Coleman ("Guardian"), Edward James Olmos ("Family"), Damon Wayans ("Wife"), Stephen Collins ("Heaven") and Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore") will accept their awards.
Other performers will be on hand to present awards and plug their upcoming fall series, including John Ritter ("8 Simple Rules"), Jennie Garth ("What I Like About You") and Gail O'Grady ("American Dreams"). Other guests include the sibling singers SHeDAISY and newly minted game show host Donny Osmond ("Pyramid"). And what awards show would be complete without actress and choreographer Debbie Allen?
ï¿½ CBS repeats "Celine Dion: A New Day Has Come" (9 p.m., CBS). The April musical special marked the singer's return to television after a two-year hiatus. She is joined by Destiny's Child.
Dion will perform some of her greatest hit songs including a movie medley of "Because You Loved Me," "Beauty and the Beast" and "My Heart Will Go On," as well as songs from her album, "A New Day Has Come." She will also perform "When the Wrong One Loves You Right" with Destiny's Child.
Tonight's other highlights
ï¿½ Scheduled on "48 Hours" (7 p.m., CBS): A woman vanishes after her mother's murder.
ï¿½ Scheduled on back-to-back installments of "Dateline" (NBC): parents have a difficult time raising teenagers (7 p.m.), a profile of a busy firehouse in San Francisco (8 p.m.).
ï¿½ Brian McNamara stars in the 2001 space thriller "Code Red: The Rubicon Conspiracy" (7 p.m., UPN)
ï¿½ Scheduled on "Now with Bill Moyers" (8 p.m., PBS): an interview with Ralph Nader.
Tess Harper and John O'Hurley star in the 1997 drama "The Killing Secret" (8 p.m., Lifetime), about a cheerleader who begins to suspect that her new boyfriend may have murdered his old pregnant girlfriend.
All are repeats ... Doug Stanhope hosts back-to-back episodes of "Invasion of the Hidden Cameras" (7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., Fox) ... Tom Bergeron hosts "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7 p.m., ABC) ... On back-to-back episodes of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (WB), Sabrina and Roxie share radio fame (7 p.m.), Sabrina wishes Josh were more jealous (7:30 p.m.).