Soaps Get Votes in 29th Annual People's Choice Awards


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Three Soaps Get the Votes as Nominees in the
29th Annual People's Choice Awards

In the category of Favorite Daytime Drama, All My Children, Days of our Lives, and Young and the Restless were the top vote getters in the 29th Annual People’s Choice Awards. 

Fans will be able to vote on-line for two categories, Favorite New Television Comedy Series and Favorite New Television Dramatic Series. The voting began on December 4, 2002 at  www.cbs.com

The top vote-getters in 16 categories were announced today by Jami Gertz and Mark Addy of CBS' "Still Standing" for THE 29th ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS, as determined by a public opinion poll of thousands of Americans conducted by The Gallup Organization. The winners will be announced on the star-studded special hosted by Tony Danza, to be broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, January 12 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET, delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Top vote-getters in other categories were Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Eminem, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez, Debra Messing, "Everybody Loves Raymond," "CSI: Miami," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Friends" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

A complete list of top vote-getters follows:

TELEVISION

FAVORITE DAYTIME DRAMATIC SERIES
"All My Children"
"Days of Our Lives"
"The Young and the Restless"

FAVORITE MALE TELEVISION PERFORMER
Matt Le Blanc ("Friends")
Bernie Mac ("The Bernie Mac Show")
Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond")

FAVORITE FEMALE TELEVISION PERFORMER
Jennifer Aniston ("Friends")
Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond")
Debra Messing ("Will & Grace")

FAVORITE NEW TELEVISION DRAMATIC SERIES
"CSI: Miami"
"Everwood"
"Presidio Med"

FAVORITE NEW TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
"The Bernie Mac Show"
"Cedric The Entertainer Presents"
"8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter"

FAVORITE TELEVISION DRAMATIC SERIES
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
"ER"
"Law & Order"

FAVORITE TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
"Everybody Loves Raymond"
"Friends"
"Will & Grace"

FAVORITE REALITY-BASED PROGRAM
"Fear Factor"
"The Real World: Las Vegas"
"Survivor: Thailand"

MUSIC

FAVORITE MALE MUSICAL PERFORMER
Eminem
Alan Jackson
Nelly

FAVORITE FEMALE MUSICAL PERFORMER
Celine Dion
Faith Hill
Jennifer Lopez

FAVORITE MUSICAL GROUP OR BAND
Creed
Dixie Chicks
*NSYNC

MOTION PICTURES

FAVORITE MOTION PICTURE
"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
"Spider-man"

FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOTION PICTURE
"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
"Red Dragon"
"Signs"

FAVORITE COMEDY MOTION PICTURE
"Barbershop"
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
"Mr. Deeds"

FAVORITE MOTION PICTURE ACTOR
Mel Gibson
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington

FAVORITE MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Julia Roberts

Tony Danza most recently starred on "Family Law," on the Network. Following a 5-year-run in "Taxi," he starred in "Who's the Boss?" for eight seasons. He also starred in the comedy series "Hudson Street" and "The Tony Danza Show." Danza's stage credits include the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning "A View From the Bridge." Among his motion picture credits are "Angels in the Outfield," "She's Out of Control," "A Brooklyn State of Mind," "Gangster Glam" and "Illtown." He also wrote, directed and starred in the short film "Mama Mia" and continues to garner accolades performing in his song and dance stage show, which debuted in Atlantic City in 1995 and tours major venues throughout the country.

The People's Choice Awards are unique in that the winners are chosen by their fans, unlike other major entertainment awards, which are bestowed by peer-group associations or industry insiders. The Gallup Organization uses a sampling that represents the opinions of more than 214 million Americans who select their favorite television shows and motion pictures and their favorite actors and actresses, as well as the most popular singers and music groups. No names or nominees are provided; those polled can vote for any television show, motion picture, music group or performer they chose.

"THE 29TH ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS" is being produced by Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., in association with Walter C. Miller Productions. Walter C. Miller is the executive producer; Army Archerd, Variety's senior columnist and one of the founders of the People's Choice Awards, is the coordinating producer; and Maggie Barrett is the co-producer. Emmy Award winner Louis J. Horvitz is directing the show from a script by Buz Kohan. The People's Choice Awards special is sponsored by products of Procter & Gamble, which is represented by MediaVest Worldwide, Inc., supervisors of the production.