Full Details On People's Choice Awards


A change in the way People’s Choice Award nominees are selected has resulted in a somewhat more wide-ranging group of hopefuls this year.
Usual suspects like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and “CSI” are still there. But so are Zach Braff, Keira Knightley, Jon Stewart and “Arrested Development.” The awards will also allow more of the people to vote for the winners this year.

In the past, a Gallup poll determined the winners. Respondents were asked to name their favorite stars and shows, with no prompting, which resulted in some of the same people being nominated over and over, regardless of whether they’d made a movie or put out an album in that year. Winners were determined by responses to the Gallup poll rather than a more public vote.

This year, the show’s producers teamed up with Entertainment Weekly to help determine the nominees. The magazine’s “Front Row Panel,” consisting of more than 6,000 pop-culture fans, picked their favorites from a list of potential nominees and could also write in their own choices.
The show has set up a web site, PCAvote.com, for fans to choose the winners. The site will be active until Jan. 9, when the awards show airs on CBS.

Here’s a list of nominees:


Favorite New Comedy
“Complete Savages”
“Father of the Pride”

Favorite New Drama
“Boston Legal”
“Desperate Housewives”
“Jack & Bobby”

Favorite Comedy
“Arrested Development”
“Everybody Loves Raymond”
“That ’70s Show”
“Will & Grace”

Favorite Drama
“Gilmore Girls”
“The O.C.”
“The Sopranos”

Favorite Female TV Star
Jennifer Garner (“Alias”)
Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”)
Marg Helgenberger (“CSI”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Favorite Male TV Star
Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”)
Zach Braff (“Scrubs”)
Matthew Fox (“Lost”)
Matt LeBlanc (“Joey”)
James Spader (“Boston Legal”)

Favorite Late-Night Host
Jimmy Kimmel
Jay Leno
David Letterman
Conan O’Brien
Jon Stewart

Favorite Funny Male Star
Jack Black
Jim Carrey
Will Ferrell
Jon Stewart
Ben Stiller

Favorite Funny Female Star
Ellen DeGeneres
Tina Fey
Debra Messing
Megan Mullally
Wanda Sykes

Favorite Daytime Talk-Show Host
Tony Danza
Ellen DeGeneres
Dr. Phil McGraw
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Reality Show – Competition
“The Amazing Race”
“American Idol”
“The Apprentice”
“Last Comic Standing”

Favorite Reality Show – Makeover
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
“Pimp My Ride”
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”
“Trading Spaces”
“What Not to Wear”

Favorite Reality Show – Other
“The Real World”
“The Surreal Life”
“Wife Swap”

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