'Gilmore,' 'Rosa Parks' among honorees for TV kudo

CBS drama “The Guardian” and headliner Simon Baker embody just the right amount of family friendliness, according to the Family Television Awards voters.

The Family Friendly Programming Forum, which held its fourth annual awards ceremony July 31 at the Beverly Hilton, feted “Guardian” in two of the award show’s eight categories (new series and actor), for outstanding work in family-friendly TV.

Other winners were “American Family,” special series; “The Rosa Parks Story,” telepic; “Dinotopia,” animated spec; “My Wife and Kids,” comedy; “7th Heaven,” drama. “Gilmore Girls” thesp Alexis Bledel took the actress nod.

The Family Friendly Programming Forum, a group of more than 40 major advertisers, was spawned to encourage the TV networks, studios and the production community to create and air more programs during primetime that are relevant and interesting to a broad audience and that parents would enjoy viewing together with their children.

Event, hosted by Tom Bergeron, will air Friday on ABC.

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