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Quality TV org fetes shows

'Wing,' 'Raymond' nab awards

“The West Wing” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” took top honors as Viewers for Quality Television announced the recipients of its annual Quality Awards.

“West Wing” was named best quality drama, while “Raymond” took best quality comedy for a second consecutive year. Overall, CBS landed five awards, while NBC took four and ABC and the WB tied at one a piece.

Meanwhile, VQT founder Dorothy Swanson has chosen “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” as the recipient of her annual Founders Award.

“The VQT members who adore it have such regard and affection for it, it was time that I awarded it,” Swanson said.

No awards banquet

This is the 16th year that VQT, a 2,000-member nationwide org, has handed out its “Q” awards. The group normally honors recipients at a Quality Awards Banquet, but this year two VQT members will hand deliver the kudos to the winners.

Besides winning top comedy honors, “Raymond” was also given a best actor in comedy (Ray Romano), actress in comedy (Patricia Heaton) and supporting actress in comedy (Doris Roberts).

“West Wing’s” Martin Sheen also picked up honors for best actor in drama, while the series’ John Spencer was named supporting actor in drama.

Elsewhere, “Once and Again’s” Sela Ward won best actress in a drama; Tyne Daly (“Judging Amy”) took supporting actress in a drama; and “Frasier’s” David Hyde Pierce was named supporting actor in a comedy.

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