Writers whose TV scripts this last season were notable for their "humanizing" values have been named as finalists for the 1987 Humanitas Prizes. A total of $70,000 will be awarded to the winners at a luncheon July 7, and the winning writers and clips from their shows will be featured the next morning on the "Today" show.
Nominated in the 90-minute or longer category (which carries a $25,000 prize) are: "Alex--The Life of a Child," written by Carol Evan McKeand and Nigel McKeand, about a family whose little daughter is dying of cystic fibrosis, aired on ABC; "Miles to Go," by Beverly Levitt and Stuart Fischoff, aired on CBS and about a woman and her family as she faces death from cancer; and "Promise," a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" on CBS, by Richard Friedenberg, Kenneth Blackwell and Tennyson Flowers, about a man who reluctantly keeps a promise to care for his emotionally troubled younger brother.
Selected in the 60-minute category (with a $15,000 prize) are: " 'A' My Name Is Alex," written for "Family Ties" by Gary Goldberg and Alan Uger; "A Room With a View," a "St. Elsewhere" episode by Channing Gibson, John Masius and Tom Fontana; and "Where There's Hope, There's Crosby," also seen on "St. Elsewhere," by Masius and Fontana.