Thursday, December 01, 2005

Family Television Awards Honor Nine for Family Friendly Programming; Awards Ceremony to Air on The WB Network, Dec. 11

News Advisory:
The Seventh Annual Family Television Awards was held on November 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and recognized honorees in nine categories for their contributions to outstanding family entertainment. The show will be televised on The WB Network on Sunday, December 11 from 8 p.m to 9 p.m. Reba McEntire of The WB hit series Reba is the host.
The Family Television Awards are the only awards recognizing outstanding programming for family viewing. The awards are given by the members of the Family Friendly Programming Forum and selected by the members of the Association of National Advertisers. The 40-plus major national advertisers that participate in the Forum are taking positive steps to increase family friendly programming choices on primetime television. Their mission is to support and promote the development of "family friendly" television across all programming genres between the hours of 8 and 10 p.m., when adults and children are most likely to watch television together.
2005 Family Television Award honorees include:
Drama: "Lost" (ABC)
Comedy: "King of Queens" (CBS)
Reality: "Amazing Race" (CBS)
Reality Host: Ty Pennington ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," ABC)
Best New Series: "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN)
Actor: Jim Belushi ("According to Jim," ABC)
Actress: Reba McEntire ("Reba," The WB)
Movie: "The Wool Cap" (TNT)
Lifetime Achievement: "7th Heaven" (The WB)
"Family Friendly Programming is appropriate in theme, content and language for adults and children," said Kaki Hinton, co-chair of the Family Friendly Programming Forum, vice president, Advertising Services Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. "The programming has cross generational appeal, depicts real life situations and resolves issues responsibly."
"The Family Friendly Programming Forum will continue to advocate and raise the visibility of family friendly television shows with networks, writers and producers," said Dawn Jacobs, co-chair of the Family Friendly Programming Forum and vice president advertising, Johnson & Johnson. "The viewing public deserves nothing less."
The Family Television Awards Show is being produced by dick clark productions for the seventh consecutive year. Executive Producer is Barry Adelman. Michael Richards is Supervising Producer. Chris Donovan is the Director.
Stars appearing on the Awards program on December 11th include: Reba McEntire (Reba); Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives); Jim Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell (According to Jim); Randy Jackson, Ruben Studdard (American Idol); Rose McGowan and Kaley Cuoco (Charmed); Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition); Jane Seymour; Chris Rock; Frankie Muniz, Justin Berfield and Erik Per Sullivan (Malcolm in the Middle); George Lopez, Constance Marie, Belita Moreno and Valente Rodriguez (George Lopez); Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Freddie); William H. Macy; Keke Palmer (The Wool Cap); Jerry Stiller (King of Queens); Stephen Collins; Catherine Hicks; Tyler Hoechlin; Beverley Mitchell; Mackenzie Rosman; George Stults (7th Heaven); Tyler James Williams; Tichina Arnold; Terry Crew; Imani Hakim; Vincent Martella; Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris); Joyce and Uchenna Abu (Amazing Race); Jo Frost (Supernanny); Melissa Peterman (Reba); Kiele Sanchez and Laura Breckinridge (Related); Jennie Garth (What I Like About You); Emilie deRavin, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Danica McKellar.
Additional information about the Family Television Awards and other initiatives of the Family Friendly Programming Forum can be found at
The Family Friendly Programming Forum comprises the following companies: AllState Insurance Company, American Family Insurance, BellSouth Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Domino’s Pizza, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, FedEx Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Mills, Inc., General Motors Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, H&R Block Inc., Hershey Foods Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods, Inc., Liberty Mutual Group, Lowe's Companies Inc., Masterfoods USA, McCormick & Company, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, Merck & Co. Inc., Nestle USA, Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., Pfizer Inc. Schering-Plough Corporation, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Sprint Communications, State Farm Automobile Mutual Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, The Gillette Company, The Home Depot, Inc., The J.M. Smucker Company, The Procter & Gamble Company, Tyson Foods, Inc., Unilever United States, Inc., Verizon Communications, Wachovia Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Welch Foods, Inc., Wendy's International, Inc.
The WB is a sharply focused broadcast network targeted to 12- 34 year olds, a highly desired demographic for advertisers. The network has achieved great success reaching this group through the consistent development and marketing of quality scripted series currently on its schedule including "7th Heaven," "Smallville," "Gilmore Girls," "Charmed," "Everwood," "One Tree Hill" and "Reba." Launched in January 1995, The WB Television Network broadcasts 29 weekly hours of programming on over 200 affiliated stations covering more than 92 percent of the country.
/© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/


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