Vanessa Williams to Host Sixth Annual 'TV Land Awards'
Star-Studded Ninety Minute Special Saluting The Best And Brightest In
Television And Film Premieres Sunday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK, May 22 -- TV Land today announced that Vanessa
Williams, multi-talented actress, singer and star of the current comedy hit
"Ugly Betty" has been tapped as host of this year's sixth annual "TV Land
Awards." The network also announced that this year's show will honor Mike
Myers, Garry Marshall, "Roseanne," "The Golden Girls" and Jonathan Winters
among others. The show will tape on Sunday, June 8 at The Barker Hangar in
Santa Monica, CA and will premiere on TV Land on Sunday, June 15 at 9 p.m.
The "TV Land Awards" is the network's annual salute to the best and
brightest in the world of entertainment. This year, the show will feature
reunions of some of the most iconic casts from TV, showcase rousing musical
performances and the always-popular television show parody, and for the
first time ever, honor favorites in movies. Additional honorees will be
"We are thrilled to have Vanessa Williams as the host of this year's
'TV Land Awards'," states Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. "Her amazing
talent has earned her international recognition and her charm and energy
are sure to resonate with TV Land's audience."
All of this year's honorees are pop culture icons representing a
cross-section of television and film that people in their 40s continue to
love. Among the honorees are:
THE LEGACY OF LAUGHTER AWARD
This is presented to performers who are funny and then funny and then
funny again. They create timeless comedy by mixing the strange and the
familiar, bringing to life characters, stories and moments that are both
comically absurd, and, at some level, completely real. This year's
recipient is Mike Myers. Last year, this award was presented to Lucille
Ball for her awe-inspiring work, which continues to serve as an inspiration
and a guiding force.
THE LEGEND AWARD
This award is presented to an entertainer who has stood the test of
time and ranks among the most memorable and celebrated in TV and movie
history. TV Land will honor Garry Marshall as this year's recipient.
THE PIONEER AWARD
Given to performers who have distinguished themselves by pushing back
the frontiers of the media and bringing true originality to the world of
entertainment, this year's Pioneer award is bestowed upon Jonathan Winters.
This award is presented to a series whose influence is still felt and
evident in television today; a show that carved our new territory,
redefining elements of the genre and opening new pathways for others to
follow. TV Land will honor "Roseanne" as this year's recipient.
THE POP CULTURE AWARD
This award is presented to a show that has crossed the line from
television series to pop culture phenomenon. This year's honoree is "The
About Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams has maintained a reputation as one of the most
respected and multi-faceted entertainers in the world, amassing
accomplishments and accolades, one after another. She has conquered the
musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She
has sold over four million albums worldwide and her skills as an actress on
stage, in film and on television have earned praise from the most seasoned
Her role as the deliciously wicked Wilhelmina Slater on ABC's
critically-acclaimed hit series, "Ugly Betty" has taken her career to even
new heights and further establishing her as a pop culture icon. Williams,
her co-stars and the show have won or been nominated for numerous
individual and ensemble awards, including the Emmy, SAG Award, Golden Globe
and NAACP Image Awards.
In addition to her successful television career, Williams has earned
multiple Grammy nominations, has starred in Tony Award-winning Broadway
shows including "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and firmly established her as a
well-rounded, multi-talented triple-threat, dazzling audiences nightly with
her acting, singing and dancing. In 2002, Vanessa starred in "Into the
Woods," where earned her first Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a
Vanessa won the NAACP Image Award for Best Performance by a Leading
Actress for her starring role in the 20th Century Fox 1997 release, "Soul
Food," with Nia Long and Vivica A. Fox. The film was a box-office success,
winning the Image Award for Best Motion Picture.
Michael Levitt ("TV Land Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," "Producers
Guild Awards") is executive producer, Emmy-award winning Jeff Margolis as
director ("Academy Awards," "American Music Awards," "Screen Actors Guild
Awards"), Greg Sills serves as supervising producer ("VH1 Rock Honors,"
"The Teen Choice Awards," "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards") and TV Land's
Sal Maniaci and Larry W. Jones are executive producers.
About TV Land:
TV Land is dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all
platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Armed with a slate of
original programming, acquired classic shows, hit movies and full-service
web site, TV Land is now seen in over 90 million U.S. homes. For
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