Jul 7, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Honoring Writers
The first David & Lynn Angell Student Comedy Fellowship, which grants a $10,000 stipend to a graduate student specializing in writing, will be presented Thursday at the 29th annual Humanitas Prize luncheon in Universal City, Calif. Mr. Angell, killed when American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001, was an Emmy award-winning writer on “Cheers” and creator and executive producer of “Frasier.” In addition, $105,000 in prizes will be awarded to TV and film writers by the group. Emmy-winning producer-writer Fay Kanin (“Friendly Fire”) will also be honored with the Keiser Award, named after the Catholic priest who founded the prestigious honors in 1974.
Critics Choice
The semiannual Television Critics Association Press Tour begins a 19-day run Monday in Hollywood, as networks promote their fall shows and the nation’s TV critics and trade journalists produce an endless stream of copy for both immediate use and later publication. Basic and pay-TV cable networks take center stage for the first week, followed by presentations from PBS, The WB, ABC, Fox, CBS, UPN and NBC.
CBS Premieres
CBS adds two more reality shows to the TV landscape this week with the premieres of the fourth edition of “Big Brother” and relationship show “Cupid.” “Brother” premieres on Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will also air Wednesdays (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Fridays (8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) throughout the summer. “Brother” has historically run through early September, but CBS has yet to announce a finale date. “Cupid” premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will run for 11 episodes.