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Genre Shows in the Running for TV Guide Awards

Plus: La Femme Nikita Marathon; This Week's Episodes

By Steve Ryfle     January 01, 2001

Genre TV shows have always had trouble winning the big awards, not to mention mere nominations, at the Emmys, so it's a pleasant surprise to see some of the newest as well as some of the most recognizable names in sci-fi and fantasy television get nominated for the upcoming TV Guide awards. Sure, it doesn't have the prestige of the Emmys, but the magazine's annual shindig (now in its third year) seems to have a more populist bent, with lots of first-round nominations and the winners decided by the viewers (hey, howzabout that?). We all know that Michael Weatherly of Dark Angel probably won't win the award for Actor of the Year in a New Series but, at the very least, the TV Guide noms give a little ink to shows that otherwise are overshadowed by NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, ER and all the other usual crap.

The TV Guide Awards will be decided via ballots published in the magazine's Jan. 6 and 13 issues. The ballot will also be available on the 'net at The awards show will be taped Feb. 24 in Los Angeles, and aired March 7 on FOX. The nominations, which were chosen by an 'expert panel' (whatever that means) of 115 executives and producers from broadcast and cable networks, were limited to a dozen in each category.

Here's a list of the nominations in categories where a genre show got the nod:

* In the Drama Series of the Year category, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and X-Files are competing with Any Day Now, ER, Judging Amy, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Once and Again, The Practice, The Sopranos, The West Wing and 7th Heaven.

* For the New Series of the Year award, Dark Angel contends with Bette, Boston Public, Bull, C.S.I. , The District, Ed, The Fugitive, Gideon's Crossing, Gilmore Girls, Queer as Folk and Soul Food

* For Actor of the Year in a Drama Series, David Boreanaz (Angel) is up against Andre Braugher (Gideon's Crossing), Billy Campbell (Once and Again), Anthony Edwards (ER), David James Elliott (JAG), Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Eriq LaSalle (ER), Dylan McDermott (The Practice), Martin Sheen (The West Wing) and Sam Waterston (Law & Order).

* For Actress of the Year in a Drama Series, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) compete with Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek), Laura Innes (ER), Allison Janney (The West Wing), Melina Kanakaredes (Providence), Keri Russell (Felicity), Lorraine Toussaint (Any Day Now), and Sela Ward (Once and Again).

* For the Actor of the Year in a New Series trophy, Michael Weatherly (Dark Angel) must overcome Andre Braugher (Gideon's Crossing), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), Tim Daly (The Fugitive), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jim Gaffigan (Welcome to New York), John Goodman (Normal, Ohio), David Alan Grier (DAG), Chi McBride (Boston Public), Craig T. Nelson (The District), Mike O'Malley (Yes, Dear) and William Petersen (C.S.I.).

* In the competition for Actress of the Year in a New Series, babe-a-licious Jessica Alba (Dark Angel) is up against Christine Baranski (Welcome to New York), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Julie Bowen (Ed), Delta Burke (DAG), Nikki Cox (Nikki), Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Marg Helgenberger (C.S.I.), Heather Paige Kent (That's Life), Better Midler (Bette) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends).

* In the running for Supporting Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series is Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), along with Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon (all from Sex and the City), Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun--say what you want, it's still not a genre show), Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show), Lucy Liu and Jane Krakowski (both from Ally McBeal), Jane Leeves (Frasier), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond).

* James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is competing for the Supporting Actor of the Year in a Drama Series award against Michael Badalucco and Steve Harris (of The Practice), Dan Futterman (Judging Amy), Richard Schiff, John Spencer and Rob Lowe (all from The West Wing), Rick Schroeder and Henry Simmons (of NYPD Blue), and Goran Visnjic and Noah Wyle (of ER).

* For Supporting Actress of the Year in a Drama Series it's genre stars Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) against Lara Flynn Boyle (The Practice), Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos), Stockard Channing (The West Wing), Tyne Daly (Judging Amy), Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue), Angie Harmon (Law & Order), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Susanna Thompson (Once and Again) Maura Tierney (ER) and Kelli Williams (The Practice).

* We're rooting for Jessica Alba to win the Breakout Star of the Year award. She'll have to beat Tom Cavanagh (Ed), Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live), Will Ferrell & Darrell Hammond (as Bush and Gore on SNL), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), Erik Per Sullivan (Malcolm in the Middle), and Shane West (Once and Again).


The USA Network will air La Femme Nikita marathon today, as a warm-up to the premiere of the series' fifth and final season opener next week. Starting at 11 a.m., and concluding at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, USA will show each of the previous four season's premieres and finales. Next Monday, the season premiere will hit the airwaves, er, cable waves, at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Overall, eight new episodes will be shown this season.


We're still not out of rerunsville...

* This week's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB, Tuesday @ 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific) is the episode titled 'Out of My Head.' Synopsis: 'Buffy learns that Initiative experiments left Riley with super strength, a high tolerance for pain and an abnormally fast heartbeat that could lead to a heart attack unless he gets help. But only the Initiative can help him, and they no longer exist. Meanwhile, Harmony (Mercedes McNab) fears Buffy is still after her and seeks refuge with Spike.'

* Then, on Angel (WB, Tuesday @ 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific), it's 'First Impressions.' Synopsis: 'Gunn requests Angel's help in finding a killer demon named Deevak (Alan Shaw), but a violent vision moves Cordelia to rush to Gunn's rescue--much to his dismay. Meanwhile, Angel does his own subconscious 'bonding' with Darla (Julie Benz), who repeatedly appears in his dreams.'

* On Dark Angel (FOX, Tuesday @ 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific), it's '411 on the DL.' Synopsis: 'Max and Logan confront their pasts in an involving installment of James Cameron's ultracool creation, which has developed a rabid fan base on the Internet. Tipped off by a mysterious newspaper ad, Max (Jessica Alba) realizes that a fellow fugitive from the Manticore project may be alive and well in Seattle. Determined to uncover the truth, she follows a trail of clues that could lead her to an old friend--or a sworn enemy. Meanwhile, Logan (Michael Weatherly) has a reunion of another kind to deal with after his recovering alcoholic ex-wife (Brenda James) returns, hoping to make amends for past sins.'

* This week on Star Trek: Voyager (UPN, Wednesday @ 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific), it's 'Imperfection.' Synopsis: 'A deteriorating Borg implant in Seven of Nine's brain forces her to confront her mortality as the Doctor and Janeway ponder Icheb's risky proposal for a remedy.'

* The latest repeat of Charmed (WB, Thursday @ 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific) is 'Once Upon a Time.' Synopsis: 'The sisters aid a girl using a jewelry box to keep a fairy safe from trolls who want to use the winged creature to take over the magical kingdom ruled by the fairy's parents. Meanwhile, a distraught Piper goes on strike, refusing to use her powers to help innocents until Leo's superiors allow the couple to reunite.'

* More reruns on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (WB, Friday @ 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific), this one titled 'Some of My Best Friends Are Half-Mortals.' Synopsis: 'After a few great dates with another witch (Bryan Kirkwood), Sabrina is disheartened when she learns his bigoted father can't stand mortals.'

* The much-publicized return of Freakylinks (FOX, Friday @ 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific) is called 'Subject: The Harbingers.' Synopsis: 'Retracing Adam's final days, Derek (Ethan Embry) and his pals visit a kitschy hamlet full of psychics. Embry's real-life wife, Amelinda Smith, plays Tamra, a townie who Chloe fears was Adam's lover.'

* If you're gonna watch reruns, they might as well be The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday @ 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific). This week's episode is 'Homr.' Synopsis: 'Researchers find and fix the cause of Homer's 'subnormal' intelligence, but Homer finds life as a brain is a drain on his popularity.'

* This week's X-Files (FOX, Sunday @ 9 p.m. Eeastern and Pacific) is 'Surekill.' Synopsis: 'The fatal shooting of a Realtor while alone in a cinder-block jail cell has Doggett hoping motive will yield more than method, which appears nearly impossible.'


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