December 10, 2000

With nine new categories and 240 nominees in all (241 if you separately count Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond as "Bush vs. Gore" on Saturday Night Live), the excitement continues to build for the third annual "TV Guide Awards," which has announced its first-round nominees. Executive produced by Bob Bain, the event takes center stage at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles on February 24, 2001 and will air on March 7, 2001 on FOX.

The winners will be determined via ballots published in the January 6 and January 13 issues of TV Guide magazine(R), and made available online at and through AOL (keyword "TV Guide"). Two million fans are expected to submit ballots this year, confirming the "TV Guide Awards" as the largest fan-based awards show.

The "TV Guide Awards" began the process this year by soliciting the opinions of 115 top executives and producers from broadcast and cable networks, studios and production companies. This expert panel -- the breadth of which testifies to TV Guide's ongoing coverage of broadcast, cable and syndicated programming -- received open nomination forms in early November and helped to tighten competition within each category by holding the first round of nominees to a dozen. Members of this panel, and hundreds of other entertainment professionals, are expected to attend the February 24 awards show.

This year's categories include "Comedy Series of the Year" and "New Series of the Year" as well as "Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series" and "Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series." New categories include "Music Special of the Year" and "Music Series of the Year," "Supporting Actor /Actress of the Year in a Drama/Comedy" (four separate categories), "Reality Series of the Year," "Breakout Star of the Year," and "Personality of the Year." Revealing how talk shows are host-driven, two categories from last year's awards were consolidated into "Talk/Variety Host of the Year" and, similarly, various news categories of the past were fused into "News Person of the Year."

"The additions and changes this year reflect the growth in the television industry-at-large and the natural evolution of the 'Awards' in response," stated Janice Kaplan, executive producer of TV Guide Television. "While most of the excitement is still focused on the main categories, such new areas as "Personality of the Year" and "Breakout Star of the Year" will be difficult to predict until all the ballots are counted."

With new categories indicated with an asterisk (*), the 2001 nominees are:

Comedy Series of the Year

Ally McBeal
Dharma & Greg
The Drew Carey Show
Everybody Loves Raymond
The King of Queens
Malcolm in the Middle
Sex and the City
The Simpsons
That '70s Show
Will & Grace

Drama Series of the Year

Any Day Now
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Judging Amy
Law & Order
Once and Again
The Practice
The Sopranos
The West Wing
The X-Files
7th Heaven

New Series of the Year
Boston Public
Dark Angel
The District
The Fugitive
Gideon's Crossing
Gilmore Girls
Queer as Folk
Soul Food

Music Special of the Year *

Christina Aguilera - My Reflection
An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Marc Anthony: The Concert from MSG
Britney in Hawaii
Dixie Chicks: On the Fly
Gloria Estefan, Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert
Elton John - Greatest Hits Live
*NSYNC Live from Madison Square Garden
*NSYNC *Ntimate Holiday Special
A Supernatural Evening with Santana
VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross
Music Series of the Year *
A&E's Live by Request
Before They Were Rock Stars
Behind the Music
Making the Band
Sessions at West 54th
Total Request Live
VH1 Storytellers

Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series

Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show)
Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show)
Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
Kevin James (The King of Queens)
Matt LeBlanc (Friends)
Eric McCormack (Will & Grace)
Frankie Muniz (Malcom in the Middle)
Matthew Perry (Friends)
David Hyde Pierce (Frasier)
Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond)
David Schwimmer (Friends)
Christopher Titus (Titus)

Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series

Jennifer Aniston (Friends)
Courtney Cox Arquette (Friends)
Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg)
Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal)
Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle)
Lisa Kudrow (Friends)
Heather Locklear (Spin City)
Debra Messing (Will & Grace)
Bette Midler (Bette)
Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City)
Leah Remini (The King of Queens)

Actor of the Year in a Drama Series

David Boreanaz (Angel)
Andre Braugher (Gideon's Crossing)
Billy Campbell (Once and Again)
Anthony Edwards (ER)
David James Elliott (JAG)
Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue)
James Gandolfini (The Sopranos)
Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek)
Eriq LaSalle (ER)
Dylan McDermott (The Practice)
Martin Sheen (The West Wing)
Sam Waterston (Law & Order)

Actress of the Year in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson (The X-Files)
Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy)
Edie Falco (The Sopranos)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek)
Laura Innes (ER)
Allison Janney (The West Wing)
Melina Kanakaredes (Providence)
Keri Russell (Felicity)
Lorraine Toussaint (Any Day Now)
Sela Ward (Once and Again)

Actor of the Year in a New Series

Andre Braugher (Gideon's Crossing)
Tom Cavanagh (Ed)
Tim Daly (The Fugitive)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Jim Gaffigan (Welcome to New York)
John Goodman (Normal, Ohio)
David Alan Grier (DAG)
Chi McBride (Boston Public)
Craig T. Nelson (The District)
Mike O'Malley (Yes, Dear)
William Petersen (C.S.I.)
Michael Weatherly (Dark Angel)

Actress of the Year in a New Series

Jessica Alba (Dark Angel)
Christine Baranski (Welcome to New York)
Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls)
Julie Bowen (Ed)
Delta Burke (DAG)
Nikki Cox (Nikki)
Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show)
Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls)
Marg Helgenberger (C.S.I.)
Heather Paige Kent (That's Life)
Better Midler (Bette)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends)

Supporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series *

Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Robert Downey, Jr. (Ally McBeal)
Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Greg Germann (Ally McBeal)
Sean Hayes (Will & Grace)
Stacy Keach (Titus)
Richard Kind (Spin City)
Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal)
John Mahoney (Frasier)
Chris Noth (Sex and the City)
David Spade (Just Shoot Me)
Jerry Stiller (The King of Queens)

Supporting Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series *

Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City)
Kristin Davis (Sex and the City)
Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun)
Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show)
Jane Krakowski (Ally McBeal)
Jane Leeves (Frasier)
Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal)
Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me)
Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)
Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)
Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond)

Supporting Actor of the Year in a Drama Series *

Michael Badalucco (The Practice)
Dan Futterman (Judging Amy)
Steve Harris (The Practice)
Rob Lowe (The West Wing)
James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Richard Schiff (The West Wing)
Rick Schroder (NYPD Blue)
Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue)
John Spencer (The West Wing)
Goran Visnjic (ER)
Bradley Whitford (The West Wing)
Noah Wyle (ER)

Supporting Actress of the Year in a Drama Series *

Lara Flynn Boyle (The Practice)
Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos)
Stockard Channing (The West Wing)
Tyne Daly (Judging Amy)
Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue)
Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Angie Harmon (Law & Order)
Camryn Manheim (The Practice)
Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager)
Susanna Thompson (Once and Again)
Maura Tierney (ER)
Kelli Williams (The Practice)

Talk/Variety Star of the Year

Carson Daly
Craig Kilborn
Larry King
Jay Leno
David Letterman
Bill Maher
Conan O'Brien
Rosie O'Donnell
Chris Rock
Charlie Rose
Jon Stewart
Oprah Winfrey

News Person of the Year

Wolf Blitzer
Tom Brokaw
Katie Couric
Peter Jennings
Ted Koppel
Matt Lauer
Chris Matthews
Dan Rather
Tim Russert
Diane Sawyer
Barbara Walters
Brian Williams

Personality of the Year *

Joy Behar
John Edward
Whoopi Goldberg
Richard Hatch
Steve Irwin
Star Jones
Judge Judy
Emeril Lagasse
Ananda Lewis
Dennis Miller
Bill O'Reilly
Regis Philbin

Breakout Star of the Year *

Jessica Alba (Dark Angel)
Tom Cavanagh (Ed)
Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live)
Will Ferrell & Darrell Hammond (Bush and Gore) - SNL
Johnny Knoxville (Jackass)
Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle)
Erik Per Sullivan (Malcolm in the Middle)
Shane West (Once and Again)

Reality Series of the Year *

A&E's Biography
America's Most Wanted
Antiques Roadshow
Big Brother
The Christopher Lowell Show
The Crocodile Hunter
Crossing Over With John Edward
E! True Hollywood Story
Iron Chef
Real World
Road Rules

Comedy Special of the Year

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000
Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning
Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill
Bill Maher: Be More Cynical

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