The writers of TV movies about deafness, Alzheimer's disease and dyslexia were nominated Thursday for the top honors in the 1986 Humanitas Prizes, which reward "humanizing achievement in television."
The winner in the category for prime-time programs at least 90 minutes in length will receive $25,000. The nominees are Clifford Campion for the CBS movie "Love, Mary," about a young woman who escaped reform school and went on to become a doctor after it was discovered she had dyslexia; Darlene Craviotto for the NBC movie "Love Is Never Silent," about a girl who is the only link to the hearing world for her deaf parents; and Vickie Patik for the CBS movie "Do You Remember Love," about a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
John Markus, who won $10,000 last year for an episode of "The Cosby Show," was nominated in the 30-minute category again this year for another episode of the popular NBC comedy, titled "Denise's Friend." One of his fellow writers on the series, Matt Williams, also was nominated for a "Cosby Show" episode, "An Early Spring," while the third nomination went to David Lloyd for the pilot episode of "Mr. Sunshine" on ABC.
Nominated in the 60-minute category, which carries a $15,000 prize, were Bruce Franklin Singer for the "Every Daughter's Father Is a Virgin" episode of ABC's "Moonlighting," Robert Eisele for the "Ordinary Hero" episode of CBS' "Cagney & Lacey," and Channing Gibson, John Masius and Tom Fontana for the "Sanctuary" episode of NBC's "St. Elsewhere."