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American TV Awards to ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Fly Away’

Treating its host rather rudely, ABC’s first American Television Awards were dominated by two NBC series: “Seinfeld” and the canceled drama “I’ll Fly Away.”

Fly Away” claimed honors for best drama series, lead actor Sam Waterston and lead actress Regina Taylor, while “Seinfeld” nabbed best comedy as well as honors for Jerry Seinfeld (lead male perforer) and Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for their supporting roles. Roseanne Arnold was named best actress in a sitcom for ABC’s “Roseanne.”

NBC ended up with nine of the 21 awards, with four going to ABC, a pair to CBS and one each to PBS, Fox Broadcasting Co. and the syndicated miniseries “To Catch a Killer.” HBO swept the made-for-TV movie category with all three awards, including best movie (“Barbarians at the Gate”) and lead actors Holly Hunter and James Woods.

The made-for-TV American Television Awards, voted on by more than 400 print and broadcast journalists who cover the industry, were presented Sunday night for broadcast tonight as a two-hour special on the network.

In addition to “Fly Away,” the voters rained awards on several other low-rated programs, among them “Picket Fences,””Life Goes On” and the ABC miniseries “Family Pictures.”

NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman,” whose host is bound for CBS, was selected as best variety series, while American Comedy Awards producer George Schlatter picked up an award himself for NBC’s “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” anniversary special.

A list of the winners follows:

Dramatic series –“I’ll Fly Away” (NBC)

Lead actress in a dramatic series — Regina Taylor, “I’ll Fly Away” (NBC)

Lead actor in a dramatic series — Sam Waterston, “I’ll Fly Away” (NBC)

Supporting actress in a dramatic series — Kellie Martin, “Life Goes On” (ABC)

Supporting actor in a dramatic series — Fyvush Finkel, “Picket Fences” (CBS)

Comedy series –“Seinfeld” (NBC)

Lead actress in a comedy series — Roseanne Arnold, “Roseanne” (ABC)

Lead actor in a comedy series — Jerry Seinfeld, “Seinfeld” (NBC)

Supporting actress in a comedy series — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Seinfeld” (NBC)

Supporting actor in a comedy series — Jason Alexander, “Seinfeld” (NBC)

Made for TV movie –“Barbarians at the Gate” (HBO)

Actress in a made for TV movie — Holly Hunter, “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom” (HBO)

Actor in a made for TV movie — James Woods, “Citizen Cohn” (HBO)

Miniseries –“Family Pictures” (ABC)

Actress in a miniseries — Anjelica Huston, “Family Pictures” (ABC)

Actor in a miniseries — Brian Dennehy, “To Catch a Killer” (syndicated)

News, information or documentary series –“60 Minutes” (CBS)

News, information or documentary special –“Healing and the Mind With Bill Moyers” (PBS)

Reality-based program –“Cops” (Fox)

Variety series –“Late Night With David Letterman” (NBC)

Variety special –“Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In 25th Anniversary” (NBC)

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