'Dancing with the Stars,' triumphs at Family Television Awards in the US

MUMBAI: The Eighth Annual Family Television Awards in the US recognised honorees in nine categories for their contributions to outstanding family entertainment.

The Family Television Awards positions itself as are the only awards recognising programming for family viewing. The awards are given by the members of the Family Friendly Programming Forum and selected by the members of the Association of National Advertisers. Over 40 advertisers that participate in the Forum are taking positive steps to increase family friendly programming choices on primetime television.

Their mission is to support and promote the development of family friendly television across all programming genres between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., when adults and children are most likely to watch television together.

The honorees were

Drama: "Numb3rs" (CBS)
Comedy: "Everybody Hates Chris" (The CW)
Reality: "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
Reality/Game Show Host: Howie Mandel "Deal or No Deal" (NBC)

New Series: "Ugly Betty" (ABC)
Actor: Tony Shalhoub "Monk" (USA)
Actress: Jennifer Love Hewitt "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS) TV Movie/Drama: "The Ron Clark Story" (TNT) TV Movie/Musical: "High School Musical" (Disney Channel)

Family Friendly Programming Forum co-chairman Kaki Hinton says, "Our mission is to support and promote the development of 'family friendly' television across all programming genres during the primetime hours when children and adults are most likely to watch television together. Working with our network partners, in eight short years we have achieved our goal of ensuring that there is always at least one show that families can watch during primetime every night of the week."

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