"Dream On," "National Geographic Explorer" and "Barbra Streisand: The Concert" were among the multiple winners Sunday night at the 16th Annual CableACE Awards.
Among channels, HBO was the biggest winner with 23 awards, including four for "The Larry Sanders Show." A&E was a distant second with eight trophies, the Disney Channel and TNT each received seven, and CNN and ESPN took home six apiece.
The top award, for best movie or miniseries, went to A&E's "Cracker: To Say I Love You," whose Robbie Coltrane also was honored as best actor in the genre. Disney's "Avonlea" was named best drama series and "Larry Sanders" won for best comedy series.
Emceed by "Politically Incorrect" moderator Bill Maher from the Wiltern Theatre In Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT, the CableACE Awards featured lots of inside jokes, a few of them funny. And the show ran on time at two hours. But it lacked the glitz and excitement of the Oscar or Emmy award productions.
Rip Torn of HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show," winner for acting in a comedy series, provided the night's one emotional moment. He started crying while thanking his parents.
The public-service C-Span channel won the Golden CableACE Award for the educational efforts of its touring C-Span School Bus.
Outside the awards themselves, the only live entertainment presented was a song by Alan Jackson and a closing-credits number by Cirque de Soleil, whose performers served as the show's mascots.