In this era of program specialization, narrow casting and demographic flow charts, it seems fitting to offer an awards show aimed at family entertainment.
Enter the first annual Family Film Awards, a two-hour special tonight that salutes recent films and TV shows in 15 categories appropriate for family viewing.
It airs at 8 p.m., Channel 4.
TV nominees include Canadian series Road to Avonlea, plus Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Touched by an Angel and Lois & Clark. Kevin Sullivan and Trudy Grant of Toronto-based Sullivan Entertainment, who are executive producers of Avonlea will attend.
Among the movie nominees: Babe, James And The Giant Peach, and Toy Story for outstanding comedy; Apollo 13, Indian In The Cupboard and Mr. Holland’s Opus for best drama.
Bob Hope will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Since the show is telecast live, Hope’s physical appearance, however frail, could refute recent supermarket tabloids’ gloom and doom stories that the 92-year-old comedy icon is on his death bed.
– On the rerun scene, TVOntario launches another run for the fascinating five-part documentary Watergate, a co-production between the Discovery Channel and BBC, 9 p.m.
– CBC has the so-so 1989 family film The Wizard (8 p.m. on 5). Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) plays a determined 13-year-old who kidnaps his emotionally troubled brother (Luke Edwards) and flees with him to L.A., pursued by furious relatives.
– Channel 17 has another run for the 1976 film compilation That’s Entertainment, Part 2. This round focuses on comedy and drama as well as music. Airs at 8 p.m. but don’t forget, it’s still membership pledge week.
– A&E reruns the two-hour Biography on Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown at 8 p.m. TNN has The Life and Times of Gary Cooper .