The Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2003

Wing,'ER' favored by Prism

By Cynthia Littleton

NBC's The West Wing, and ER are among the top television nominees for the seventh annual Prism Awards, which aim to recognize accurate depictions of drug and alcohol use in film, TV, music and other media.

Feature films in contention are Changing Lanes, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Narc, Salton Sea, and Skins.

Actors in each of those films were also among the nominees announced Tuesday: Graham Greene (Skins), Samuel L. Jackson (Changing Lanes), Ashley Jud (Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Val Kilmer (Salton Sea) and Jason patric (Narc).

Among the networks, NBC led with 13 nominations, including three apiece for West Wing and ER, followed by CBS, MTV and VH1 with six apiece.

Performers nominated in the TV drama series category wre ER's Alex Kingston, West Wing's Tim Matheson and John Spencer, Nancy McKeon of Lifetime's The Division and Patricia Richardson of Lifetime's Strong Medicine.

On the TV comedy series side, Bernie Mac and Camille Winbush of Fox's The Bernie Mac Show are competing against Anthony Clark of CBS' Yes, Dear, Tracee Ellis Ross of UPN's Girlfriends and John Slattery of NBC's Ed.

In longform TV, the nominees are Showtime's Last Call and Our America, Sundance Channel's Margarita Happy Hour, Lifetime's The Secret Life of Zoey amd MTV's Wasted.

The Prism Awards are sponsored by the Entertainment Industries Council, a nonprofit group that focuses on such social issues as drug abuse, violence and AIDS awareness, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health.

The Prism Awards ceremony will be taped on May 8 in Los Angeles for telecast May 25 as an hour long special on FX.