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17th Annual PRISM Awards Ceremony


Katey SegalThe Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC)

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/28/13 – The PRISM Awards are given to the entertainment industry for accurate depiction of social issues in television, films, music and comic books. All areas are considered from substance abuse and mental health issues, prevention, treatment and recovery.  On that note, it was heart warming to begin the show with Shadoe Stevens (the voice for the evening) telling guests we are honoring those from last weeks attacks.  At that point we all rose while some of the members of the US Army marched around the room and on stage with flags – all was in silence.

This year’s 17th annual honorees were announced Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel by the Entertainment Industries Council. The official 17th Annual PRISM Showcase will debut on September 14, 2013 on FX. The star-studded presenter line-up included Jean Smart, Sharon Lawrence, Mariette Hartley (who said she had lost 3 family members to suicide),   Dr. Drew Pinsky, Michele Lee, George Eads, Reno Wilson, Julie White, Dee Wallace and Alison Haislip and SAG-AFTRA President, Ken Howard.After 16 years, “Married With Children” former co-star Ed O’Neill, (“Modern Family”) presented Katey Sagal with the PRISM Award for Female Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline. The  Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline was taken by “NCIS’s” Mark Harmon. Sagal, from “Sons of Anarchy”, opened the event to a huge round of applause stating she’d been sober for 26 years. “My sober sisters are right there!” She spoke with The Hollywood Times, “to be allowed to be of service which keeps me sober for another day is the goal of my life and became the goal of my life when I got sober. So when I’m able to be in a situation and have a job and do it in a way that possibly helps someone else that’s the icing on the cake.” “I’m on a show where every character needs to get sober. That’s just the life they live and it’s really fascinating to find myself sort of living the life I use to live, in a weird way.  And by doing that being able to help other people. I really do believe that the media really does have such a strong pull to bring people in”. In the feature film category, “Silver Linings Playbook” and Dee Wallace presenting to  “Flight”, (Feature Film-Substance Use) were nominated along with television comedy series “Nurse Jackie” and  “Go On”. In Unscripted Non-Fiction, “Rehab With Dr. Drew” was honored, as was “Dr. Drew on Call” in the Talk Show Episode category.  Dr. Drew came up to the stage accepting his 2nd award saying “I guess you must really like me”. Which got the 300 plus attendees in the Crystal ballroom laughing. “Days of Our Lives” took the top Daytime Drama Storyline and “Degrassi: The Next Generation” earned the Teen or Children’s Program top honors.