Quality TV org honors ‘Raymond,’ ‘Practice’

Romano, Heaton get acting nods

Among fans of quality television, it seems that everybody does love Raymond.

The CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” was named best-quality comedy by the grass-roots group Viewers for Quality Television (VQT), while ABC’s “The Practice” took best-quality drama. That’s the second win in a row for David E. Kelley’s courtroom drama.

With prizes for best actor (Ray Romano), actress (Patricia Heaton) and supporting actress (Doris Roberts, for the second year in a row) in a comedy, “Raymond” took the most Q awards at four.

“The Practice” followed with three, including Camryn Manheim as supporting actress in a drama, and Steve Harris’ second consecutive win as supporting actor.

Shows with one award each include “The X-Files,” “NYPD Blue,” “Ally McBeal” and “Will and Grace.”

Among networks, ABC and CBS each led with four, while Fox took two and NBC one.

All four nets received a slap in the face, however, as VQT declined to award any its annual Network Commitment to Quality Award.

“No network rose to the level of excellent or commitment to quality required,” the group commented.

NBC’s frosh comedy “Will and Grace,” which was ignored in all major Emmy categories, won the Founder’s Award, given by VQT founder Dorothy Swanson each year to “a series that has made a significant contribution to quality television without receiving due recognition.”

The organization has chosen to forego its regular awards banquet this year. Instead, VQT members will deliver the awards to the winners.

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