‘ER,’ ‘Christine’ Among Humanitas Winners

Jun 27, 2007  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s “ER” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and HBO Films’ “Longford” were among the shows that took home writing awards at the 33rd Humanitas Prizes ceremony, held Tuesday at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Humanitas Prize recognizes writing in television and movies that “entertain, engage and enrich” the public. Writers receive a cash prize for their work.
Comedy writer Larry Gelbart, whose credits range from “Caesar’s Hour” to “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” to “M*A*S*H” to “Tootsie,” received the Kieser Award in recognition of his 60-year career.
R. Scott Gemmill and David Zabel won the 60-minute category and $15,000 with a script for NBC’s “ER,” “There Are No Angels Here,” which tackled the situation in Darfur.
The 30-minute category ($10,000) went to Jennifer Crittenden for her script for CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” entitled “Oh God, Yes.” In the episode, Christine examines her faith as her 8-year-old son expresses an interest in religion.
“Longford,” written by Peter Morgan, won in the 90-minute category ($25,000). The movie is based on the life of Frank Pakenham, the seventh Earl of Longford, and his friendship with Myra Hindley, who was serving two life sentences for the murder or several English children.
Children’s shows also were recognized. The Disney Channel’s “Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front,” teleplay by Anna Sandor, won the children’s live-action category ($25,000).
An episode of PBS’ “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks” entitled “The Gift,” written by Sindy McKay, Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown, won the children’s animation category ($25,000).
Jonny Mais, writer of a spec script for HBO’s “Weeds” entitled “Pot Chocolate,” won the $10,000 David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing.
(Editor: Horowitz)

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