ABC heads Humanitas Prize nominees


LOS ANGELES -- ABC heads the list of finalists for the Humanitas Prize with six nominations, followed by NBC with five and CBS with four. The awards, presented by the Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute to honor "humanizing achievement in television writing," will be handed out July 8 at the Century Plaza Tower.

In the 30-minute category, which carries a $10,000 prize, finalists are Craig Hoffman ("Hardware Store" episode of ABC's "The Wonder Years"); John Masius ("Boys of Summer," CBS's "Brooklyn Bridge"); Glenn Bernebein ("Mammy Dearest," NBC's "A Different World"); and Chuck Lorre, Jeff Abugov and Michael Poryes ("This Old House," ABC's "Roseanne.")

In the 60-minute category, which carries a $15,000 prize, finalists are Henry Bromell ("Amazing Grace,"NBC's "I'll Fly Away"), Gary David Goldberg ("When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," CBS's "Brooklyn Bridge") and Kevin Arkadie ("Coming Home," NBC's "I'll Fly Away").

In the 90-minute category, which carries a $25,000 prize, finalists are Joshua Brand and John Falsey (NBC's "I'll Fly Away"); Ann Beckett (ABC's "The Broken Cord"); and John Wells, John Sacret Young, Carol Flint and Lydia Woodward ("Hello . . . Goodbye," ABC's "China Beach").

In the PBS and cable category, finalists are Cynthia Whitcomb ("Mark Twain and Me"), Sara Flanigan ("Wildflower"), and William Schmidt and Stephen Stept ("Darrow").

In the Children's Live Action category, finalists are Bennett Tramer ("A Home for Christmas"), Joseph Maurer ("Dedicated to the One I Love") and Pamela Douglas ("Different Worlds").

And in the Children's Animation division, finalists are Bruce Reid Schaefer ("The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh"), Karl Geurs and Mark Zaslove ("The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh") and Doug Molitor for "Captain Planet."

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