For the first time in its 15-year history, judges for the Humanitas Prize for humanizing achievement in television writing did not nominate any programs in the $25,000 category for TV movies, saying that none was worthy.
"In the opinion of the judges, this was an excellent year in the half-hour and the hour categories. . . . But in our opinion it was a disappointing year in the long-form category," said Father Ellwood Kieser, president of the Human Family Institute. "We found a number of good movies of the week, but no great ones."
In hopes of stimulating more programs that utilize the full potential of television to enrich as well as entertain, the Pacific Palisades-based institute gives out cash prizes each year to writers whose work is deemed by the judges to project positive values.
Nominees for the $10,000 prize in the 30-minute category were Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer for an episode of NBC's "Baby Boom," Matthew Carlson for ABC's "The Wonder Years" and Carmen Finestra and Gary Kott for NBC's "The Cosby Show."