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Family values feted

Kith and kin get along despite dysfunctionality

HOLLYWOOD — And, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … GLITCH! Yes, the second annual Family Television Awards was a bit dysfunctional … technically.

But Dick Clark, host Reba McEntire and their team managed to pull though the hard patches like a good family will, with poise and good humor.

With a dynamic and eclectic group ranging from 12-year-old singer Billy Gilman to David Cassidy, the show, which honored the best in family television, was sponsored by the Family Friendly Programming Forum, made up of 43 advertising companies.

ABC cleaned up with three kudos: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for alternate programming, “Tuesdays With Morrie” for TV movie and “The Wonderful World of Disney” for lifetime achievement.

Other winners were CNBC’s “National Geographic Explorer,” A&E’s “Biography,” NBC’s “The West Wing” for drama, CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” for comedy, Della Reese for actress and Michael J. Fox for actor.

After the show, McEntire summed up the evening this way: “I’m a mom, and I know how hard it is to find shows I can watch with my son. Hopefully these awards will encourage producers and directors to bring back the kind of quality shows I watched with my parents.”

Show airs at 9 p.m. Thursday on CBS.

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