On CBS tonight, one of the only award shows which blame can only be put on the viewers aired. I'm talking of course about the People's Choice Awards, and this year's edition may be the most important for the ceremony--it turned 35 years old tonight. Not only is it a birthday, it also is rebounding from last year's writers strike (which left then host Queen Latifah to fend for herself) and is still building upon its change in voting system--in 2005 it went online to let the "people" choose its winners.
Latifah once again hosted this year's event, which features categories from the worlds of film, music, and our favorite, television. Sure it isn't the Oscars, Emmys, or *gasp* even the Golden Globes (example: best new comedy nominee...Kath & Kim?), but the PCAs are a bit of fun and represent a different kind of awards show...an awards show that loves network television, doesn't think Lost is a good drama or The Office is a good comedy, and has a favorite game show category.
The highlights in the television crowd included House, which came up big with the best drama award and best male actor award for Hugh Laurie. On the comedy side, Two and a Half Men took the show prize, and Christina Applegate won the best actress prize for her role in Samantha Who?. CBS won both new show awards for Gary Unmarried and The Mentalist.
In other media, The Dark Knight won a ton of film awards, and Chris Brown and Carrie Underwood topped the music awards.
The winners in the television categories are listed below in bold. A list of all winners is available at the People's Choice Awards Web site.
Favorite TV Drama
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Favorite TV Comedy
Two And a Half Men
Favorite Animated Comedy
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Favorite Competition/Reality Show
Dancing With the Stars
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Favorite Game Show
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Deal or No Deal
Favorite Male TV Star
Favorite Female TV Star
Favorite Talk Show Host
Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa
Favorite Scene-Stealing Guest Star
Luke Perry on Law & Order: SVU
Britney Spears on How I Met Your Mother
Robin Williams on Law & Order: SVU
Favorite TV Drama Diva
Holly Hunter as Grace Hanadarko on Saving Grace
Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin on Weeds
Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson on The Closer
Favorite New TV Drama
Favorite New TV Comedy
Kath & Kim