The NBC Thursday night hits “Seinfeld” and “ER” repeated in the favorite comedy and drama series categories, respectively, while Tim Allen, Sandra Bullock, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire also won accolades for the second year running at the 23rd Annual People’s Choice Awards, held Sunday night in Santa Monica.
Allen was voted the year’s favorite male TV performer, while Bullock was named favorite motion picture actress and Mel Gibson the film actor favorite. Brooks and McEntire were tapped favorite male and female musical performer, respectively.
The alien invasion thriller “Independence Day,” the highest-grossing film last year, earned plaudits as the favorite film drama of 1996, and “The Nutty Professor” as the favorite comedy.
Oprah Winfrey was honored as favorite female TV performer, with Bill Cosby tying with Michael J. Fox in the fa-vorite male in a new TV series category. Brooke Shields was chosen as the favorite female in a new TV series. “Cosby” and “Millennium” were voted the year’s favorite new comedy and drama.
For Cosby, the two People’s Choice honors now give him a career total of 15. Brooks has won eight, Allen and McEntire seven apiece and Shields five.
During the People’s Choice telecast, actor-director-producer-writer Rob Reiner was honored with a special career achievement tribute for his 30 years in TV and film. His father, Carl Reiner, was one of three presenters.
Winners were chosen via a representative sampling of the American public selecting favorite actors, actresses, TV shows, singers and movies in a poll gathered through the Gallup Organization.
Don Mischer executive produced the show. Louis J. Horvitz directed. Daily Variety senior columnist Army Archerd served as coordinating producer for the 23rd straight year.
A list of winners follows:
Comedy film, “The Nutty Professor”
Dramatic film, “Independence Day”
TV comedy series, “Seinfeld”
TV dramatic series, “ER”
TV daytime drama, “Days Of Our Lives”
New TV comedy series, “Cosby”
New TV dramatic series, “Millennium”
Actor in a film, Mel Gibson
Actress in a Film, Sandra Bullock
Female TV performer, Oprah Winfrey
Male TV performer, Tim Allen
Male in a new TV series, (Tie) Michael J. Fox And Bill Cosby
Female in a new TV series, Brooke Shields
Female musical performer, Reba McEntire
Male musical performer, Garth Brooks