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People's Choice Awards reveals contenders

HOLLYWOOD — “The Ellen Show” may have gotten off to a shaky start with CBS, but the laffer and its star Ellen DeGeneres managed to score some major points with the people. Degeneres was one of the top vote-getters in the category of female performer in a new series for the 28th annual People’s Choice Awards, while the show is in contention for favorite new comedy series.

While the competish does not bestow official nominations, the top vote-getters in 18 categories were announced Tuesday at the BevHilton by Reba McEntire, who grabbed a nod for female perf in her frosh series “Reba,” and “JAG” star David James Elliott.

The kudocast, to be hosted for a second consecutive year by Kevin James, is skedded for Jan. 13 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Rounding out the fight for female thesp in a new series are Kim Delaney (“Philly”) and Jill Hennessy (“Crossing Jordan”).

Other People’s Choice contenders are Jason Alexander — who, despite the demise of “Bob Patterson,” was a top choice for male performer in a new series — and fellow competitors Scott Bakula (“Enterprise”) and Damon Wayans (“My Wife and Kids”). Wayans’s show is up against “The Ellen Show” and “Scrubs” for new comedy series.

The top vote-getters for new dramatic series are “Alias,” “Crossing Jordan” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Last year’s winners are all in the running once again: Jennifer Aniston (female TV performer), Drew Carey (male TV performer), country crooners Faith Hill (female musical performer) and Garth Brooks (male musical performer) and ‘N Sync (musical group performer). The People’s Choice Awards are voted on in a nationwide poll conducted by the Gallup Org, using a representative sampling of more than 214 million Americans who select their favorites in most categories. Two categories, new comedy and new drama, will be voted for online at cbs.com. Voting began Tuesday.

Kudocast is being produced by Walter C. Miller Prods. Walter C. Miller is executive producer; Army Archerd is coordinating producer; John K. Potter is supervising producer. Maggie Barrett is co-producer. For a fourth straight year, Louis J. Horvitz will direct.

And the nominees are…

MALE TV PERFORMER

Drew Carey (“The Drew Carey Show”)
Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”)
Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)

FEMALE TV PERFORMER

Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”)
Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”)
Oprah Winfrey (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”)

MALE PERFORMER IN A NEW SERIES

Jason Alexander (“Bob Patterson”)
Scott Bakula (“Enterprise”)
Damon Wayans (“My Wife and Kids”)

FEMALE PERFORMER IN A NEW TV SERIES

Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen Show”)
Kim Delaney (“Philly”)
Jill Hennessy (“Crossing Jordan”)
Reba McEntire (“Reba”)

COMEDY SERIES

“Everybody Loves Raymond”
“Frasier”
“Friends”

DRAMATIC SERIES

“ER”
“Law & Order”
“The West Wing”

NEW COMEDY SERIES

“The Ellen Show”
“My Wife and Kids”
“Scrubs”

NEW DRAMATIC SERIES

“Alias”
“Crossing Jordan”
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”

REALITY-BASED PROGRAM

“The Real World”
“Survivor: The Australian Outback”
“Temptation Island”

DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

“All My Children”
“Days of Our Lives”
“The Young and the Restless”

MALE MUSICAL PERFORMER

Garth Brooks
Tim McGraw
George Strait

FEMALE MUSICAL PERFORMER

Faith Hill
Jennifer Lopez
Britney Spears

MUSICAL GROUP OR BAND

‘N Sync
Backstreet Boys
Dixie Chicks

MOTION PICTURE

“The Fast and the Furious”
“Pearl Harbor”
“Shrek”

MOTION PICTURE ACTOR

Mel Gibson
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington

MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS

Sandra Bullock
Jennifer Lopez
Julia Roberts

MOTION PICTURE STAR IN A COMEDY

Jim Carrey
Eddie Murphy
Ben Stiller

MOTION PICTURE STAR IN A DRAMA

Tom Hanks
Anthony Hopkins
Denzel Washington