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Family Friendly Programming Forum Honors TV Shows

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LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- The Association of National Advertisers' Family Friendly Programming Forum honored eight TV programs for its Fourth Annual Family Television Awards.

The movie award was given to Viacom's CBS' The Rosa Parks Story. The best animated special went to Walt Disney Co.'s ABC's Dinotopia. PBS' American Family won for special series.

The top TV comedy series

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was ABC's My Wife and Kids. 7th Heaven, on AOL Time Warner's the WB, picked up the award for best drama. Simon Baker, who stars in CBS' The Guardian, was honored as best actor; Alexis Bledel of WB's Gilmore Girls, was awarded best actress.

The Family Friendly Programming Forum is a consortium of 40 major advertisers looking to get family-friendly programming on prime-time TV. The marketers include Ace Hardware Corp., AT&T Corp., Coca-Cola Co., Ford Motor Co., General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble Co. and Wal-Mart.

One way the group aims to "reclaim" the networks' early time slots from more controversial programming is by providing seed money for family-oriented scripts.

The event was held Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The show will be televised on the ABC on Friday, August 9 at 9 pm.

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