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Posted Monday, Sept. 16

‘Osbournes’ wins for reality; HBO, NBC head the Emmy pack

MTV’s “The Osbournes” was named outstanding reality program at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which focus primarily on the tech categories. Leading the network pack at the awards ceremony was HBO with 16 awards, including five for “Six Feet Under,” and NBC with 15, including six for its “Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games,” held in Salt Lake City.

Acting winners included Anthony LaPaglia as outstanding guest actor in a comedy, for an episode of NBC’s “Frasier”; Cloris Leachman as outstanding guest actress in a comedy, for an episode of Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle”; Charles Dutton as outstanding guest actor in a drama, for an episode of ABC’s “The Practice”; and Patrticia Clarkson as outstanding guest actress in a drama, for an episode of HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”

A&E’s “Biography” was named outstanding nonfiction series, while CBS’s “9/11” was named outstanding nonfiction special.

Fox’s “Futurama” was named outstanding animated program (less than one hour), and Discovery’s “Walking With Prehistoric Beasts” took home the Emmy for outstanding animated program (one hour or more).

The nod for outstanding commercial went to “Move,” Weiden & Kennedy’s Nike spot.

Programs that won more than one award at the nontelevised ceremony were “Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games” (6), “Six Feet Under” (5), “Band of Brothers” (4), “Frasier” (3), “Alias” (2), “Animated Tales of the World” (2), “Blue Planet: Seas of Life” (2), “Enterprise” (2), “9/11” (2), “Sex and The City” (2), “Shackleton” (2) and “Will and Grace” (2).

A two-hour highlights telecast of the creative arts awards will be carried by E! Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. For a complete list of winners, visit http://emmys.org/primetime/2002/2002awards.html.

TriStar Domestic TV gets a new name: Sony’s television division got a reshuffling as the studio renamed Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, which will now be Sony Pictures Television. In addition, the company made two key appointments to its sales division. It named Steve Maddox senior VP, Southeast Region, where he will now oversee the sales offices in both Atlanta and Dallas. Jeff Wolf is the new senior VP of syndication/business development and will oversee the offices in New York and Chicago.

‘Monk’ to continue airing on ABC: “Monk,” the USA Network cable hit that was repurposed on ABC this summer, has earned its way onto the struggling broadcast network’s fall schedule.

ABC will continue the repurposing experiment in the new season, picking up eight more second-run episodes of the show, which was developed by Disney corporate sibling Touchstone Television. After Touchstone originally developed the quirky show, ABC passed on it but retained repurposing rights, which it exercised when “Monk” became a cable hit for USA.

The series, starring Tony Shalhoub as an obsessive-compulsive detective, will air at 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 26, as a lead-in to “Push, Nevada,” one of the most heavily hyped new series on the Alphabet Network’s fall schedule. “Dinotopia,” which had been set to be the lead-in to “Push,” will now premiere in the time period on Thanksgiving.

Notre Dame win boosts NBC: With Notre Dame’s 25-23 upset win over sixth-ranked University of Michigan last Saturday, the third consecutive win of the young season under new Fighting Irish coach Tyrone Willingham, NBC scored the highest-rated game of its exclusive home telecast rights to Notre Dame football in four years.

The game delivered a 5.5 rating/13 share household average in Nielsen Media Research’s overnight metered markets. It was the best ratings score for NBC and the Irish since Notre Dame played Michigan on Sept. 15,1998, when the game posted a 5.9/15 overnight score.

Saturday’s telecast outperformed the competition on ABC and CBS to deliver the day’s highest college football rating, even besting ABC’s prime-time regional coverage of Nebraska-Penn State and Texas-North Carolina (5.2/9).

The 5.5/13 for the Notre Dame-Michigan game represents a healthy 175 percent jump over the 2.0/5 overnight rating for the comparable game: last season’s second Notre Dame telecast vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 6, 2001.

Ramirez lands role on ‘Miracles’: Marisa Ramirez, a star on ABC’s “General Hospital” soap opera since 2000, has been cast as a series regular on ABC’s slated midseason drama “Miracles,” starring Skeet Ulrich and Angus Macfadyen.

“Miracles” is the story of a former Vatican miracle investigator (Ulrich) who joins forces with a shadowy organization interested in studying good vs. evil.

Ms. Ramirez, who held ensemble roles on the drama “Roswell” (both on The WB and UPN), will take on double-duty at ABC, portraying, portraying secretary Evelyn Norse on “Miracles” and continuing her role as Gia Campbell on “General Hospital.”

“Miracles” is a production of Touchstone Television and Spyglass Entertainment. Executive producers are David Greenwalt, Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, the latter two of whom are principals of Spyglass Entertainment. Richard Hatem is co-executive producer.