Home Box Office and its “Dream On” risque comedy series were the big winners at the 14th annual National Cable ACE awards, while Walter Cronkite, Jane Fonda, Larry King, Jack Lemmon and the cult cartoon hit “The Ren & Stimpy Show” were among the high-profile losers during a nationally cable televised ceremony from the Pantages Theatre on Sunday night.
HBO took 32 of the 81 awards honoring excellence in cable television, including 17 in 53 categories awarded Friday night in a non-televised ceremony at the Biltmore hotel. The Disney Channel was second with 7, Showtime had 5 and MTV, ESPN and the Arts & Entertainment Network each took 4.
“Dream On” received four Cable ACEs, the most of any program. Brian Benben and Wendie Malick took the honors as best actor and actress in a comedy. “Dream On” was also cited for writing in a comedy series and directing. Betty Thomas, best known to television audiences for her portrayal of Officer Lucille Bates on “Hill Street Blues,” was the directing winner.
But “Dream On” failed to be selected as the best comedy series for the second consecutive season. HBO’s much-acclaimed “The Larry Sanders Show,” which stars Garry Shandling as a television talk show host, won in that category for its only award.
“Citizen Cohn,” HBO’s look at the late controversial lawyer Roy Cohn, won three awards--best movie or miniseries, best director in a movie or miniseries (Frank Pierson) and writing in a movie or miniseries (David Franzoni).
In the movie or miniseries acting categories, Jon Voight won for his portrayal of the scholarly museum director in HBO’s “The Last of His Tribe,” beating out a field that included Lemmon, Jason Robards and “Citizen Cohn” star James Woods. Patricia Arquette was the best actress for her work in Lifetime’s “Wildflower,” topping Laura Dern, Holly Hutner, Christine Lahti and Sissy Spacek.
Perhaps the most unexpected loser was King, whose Cable News Network call-in talk show, “Larry King Live” best exemplified the new uses of television during the presidential campaign. He lost out in all three of his nominated categories. The winners include:
Comedy series: “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO.
Dramatic series: “The Ray Bradbury Theater,” USA.
Dramatic or theatrical special: “Kurt Vonnegut’s Monkey House: Fortitude,” Showtime.
Movie or miniseries: “Citizen Cohn,” HBO.
Actor, comedy: Brian Benben, “Dream On,” HBO.
Actress, comedy: Wendie Malick, “Dream On,” HBO.
Actor, dramatic series: Frank Langella, “Kurt Vonnegut’s Monkey House: Fortitude,” Showtime.
Actress, dramatic series: Cathy Moriarty, “Tales From the Crypt: Seance,” HBO.
Actor, movie or miniseries: Jon Voight, “The Last of His Tribe,” HBO.
Actress, movie or miniseries: Patricia Arquette, “Wildflower,” Lifetime.
Supporting actor, movie or miniseries: Martin Landau, “Legacy of Lies,” USA.
Supporting actress, movie or miniseries: Herta Ware, “Crazy in Love,” TNT.
News special or series: “Nickelodeon Special Edition: A Conversation With Magic,” Nickelodeon.
Business or consumer special or series: “Investigative Reports: Halcion Nightmare,” Arts & Entertainment.
Extended news or public affairs coverage: “The Network Earth Summit Special,” TBS.
Newscaster: Bernard Shaw, CNN.
Public affairs special or series: “Death on the Job: America Undercover,” HBO.
Documentary special: “Abortion: Desperate Choices: America Undercover,” HBO.
Documentary series: “Class of the 20th Century,” Arts & Entertainment.
Program interviewer: Paula Poundstone, “The Paula Poundstone Show,” HBO.
Entertainment host: Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, “Comic Relief V,” HBO.
Sports event coverage: “ESPN Sunday Night NFL,” ESPN.
Sports news series: “NFL Game Day,” ESPN.
Sports informational series: “Totally Kids Sports,” Nickelodeon.
Sports information special: “Play by Play: A History of Sports Television,” HBO.
Sports host: Chris Berman, “NFL Game Day,” “SportsCenter,” CNN.
Sports play-by-play: Marv Albert, “New York Knicks Basketball,” Madison Square Garden Network.
Sports commentator/analyst: Bill Clement, “1992 Stanley Cup Finals: Chicago at Pittsburgh,” SportsChannel America.
Comedy special: “HBO Comedy Hour: The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives,” HBO.
Stand-up comedy special: “HBO Comedy Hour; George Carlin Live at the Paramount: Jammin’ in New York,” HBO.
Stand-up comedy series: “The A-List,” Comedy Central.
Performance in a comedy special: Mo Gaffney, Kathy Najimy, “HBO Comedy Hour: The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives,” HBO.
Music series: “MTV Unplugged,” MTV.
Music special: “Gloria Estefan: Going Home,” HBO.
Performance in a music special or series: Jessye Norman, “Jessye Norman at Notre Dame,” Arts & Entertainment.
Variety special or series: “Comic Relief V,” HBO.
Talk show: “Charlie Rose: One on One With Roger Payne,” Discovery Channel.
Magazine show special or series: “National Geographic Explorer,” TBS.
Magazine host: Robert Urich, “National Geographic Explorer,” TBS.
Cultural or performing arts special or series: “The Big Apple Circus,” HBO.
Children’s programming special or series, 7 and older: “Mark Twain and Me,” Disney Channel.
Children’s programming special or series, 6 and under: “Basil Hears a Noise,” Disney Channel.
Children’s educational or informational special or series: “Life Stories: Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story,” HBO.
Educational or instructional special or series: “Dinosaur!: The Tale of a Tooth,” Arts & Entertainment.
Game show: “Lip Service,” MTV.
Animated programming special or series: “HBO Storybook Musicals: Ira Sleeps Over,” HBO.
International documentary special or series: “The Burning Times,” Learning Channel.