The family hour is alive and kicking — or at least it seems that way, according to recipients at the third annual Family Television Awards.
Winners in eight categories were feted Thursday by the Assn. of National Advertisers for achievement in family-friendly programming.
Winners, honored at a Beverly Hilton luncheon hosted by Clint Black, included Fox sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” and WB drama “Gilmore Girls,” named comedy and new series, respectively.
The lead actresses on those shows, Jane Kaczmarek and Lauren Graham, tied for fave actress.
“I love what this family represents,” Graham said of her onscreen “Gilmore” clan. “It’s not simple, and it’s screwed up. And I think people can relate to that.”
Emmy nominee Kaczmarek, meanwhile, paid homage to mothers and homemakers — as well as to “Gilmore Girls,” which was shut out of this year’s Emmy nominations.
“I’m so flattered to be sharing this with Lauren Graham. I hope this is a trend for recognizing ‘Gilmore Girls,’ ” she said. “I would like to dedicate this to all the mothers who have no cleaning lady or housekeepers. … They are the real survivors.”
Others lauded were ABC’s “The Miracle Worker,” movies/miniseries/specials; Tom Cavanaugh (NBC’s “Ed”), actor; “The West Wing,” drama; and CBS’s “Survivor,” reality/alternative program.
Tina Wesson, the million-dollar champ of “Survivor: The Australian Outback” was on hand to accept the award on behalf of executive producer Mark Burnett.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to “Hallmark Hall of Fame” for its longtime production of dramatic TV specials geared toward the family audience.
The Family Television Awards was established by the Family-Friendly Programming Forum, a coalition of 48 major national advertisers who belong to the Assn. of National Advertisers. The awards show, exec produced by Dick Clark, will air Fridayon CBS.