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TV Awards Honor American Family, 07.31.02 ...

The PBS drama "American Family" and CBS'"The Guardian" were among television programs honored Wednesday at the Family Television Awards.

"American Family," about a Hispanic family in Los Angeles, was named best special series. "The Guardian," about the workings of a legal-aid office protecting children, was honored as best new series.

Simon Baker who stars in "The Guardian" was honored as best actor, while the best actress award went to Alexis Bledel of WB's "Gilmore Girls."

Also honored were the CBS TV movie "The Rosa Parks Story"; the animated special "Dinotopia" and the comedy "My Wife and Kids," both on ABC; and the WB drama "7th Heaven."

The awards, in their fourth year, were initiated by the Family Friendly Programming Forum. The group was formed by more than 40 advertisers to encourage the production of programs aimed at parents and children. The ceremony is scheduled to air Aug. 9 on ABC.

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