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DAYS OF OUR LIVES, DEGRASSI, PARENTHOOD Among Winners at 17th Annual PRISM Awards

DAYS OF OUR LIVES stars Kate Mansi & Peggy McCay
Feature films Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) and Flight (Paramount) and television shows GO ON (NBC), ELEMENTARY (CBS), NURSE JACKIE (Showtime), PARENTHOOD (NBC), AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLYUM (FX), HOMELAND (Showtime), REHAB WITH DR. DREW (VH1), and DAYS OF OUR LIVES (NBC) were among those honored for their accuracy in portraying mental health and substance use issues at the 17th Annual PRISM Awards, presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in partnership with the FX Network.

The 17th Annual PRISM Awards, held Thursday evening at The Beverly Hills Hotel, hosted a crowdpleasing Married…With Children reunion. Sixteen years after the series finale, Ed O’Neill (MODERN FAMILY) presented former co-star Katey Sagal (SONS OF ANARCHY) with the PRISM Award for Female Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline.

In the film categories, Flight (Paramount) received the award for Feature Film-Substance Use, while Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) took home the PRISM for Feature Film- Mental Health. Linda Cardellini (Return) received the top honor in the Feature Film Performance category.

For Comedy Series, NURSE JACKIE (Showtime) earned the award for Comedy Series Episode or MultiEpisode Storyline-Substance Use, and GO ON (NBC) received the award in the Comedy Series Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline- Mental Health category.

In the Drama Series Episode categories, CHICAGO FIRE (NBC) and PARENTHOOD (NBC) earned awards in the Substance Use and Mental Health categories, respectively. Performance in a Drama Series Episode award went to Michael Cudlitz (SOUTHLAND). The award was presented by his co-star Ben McKenzie.

ELEMENTARY (CBS) received the EIC President’s Award for its continuing, in-depth integration of substance use and recovery into its storyline and characters. This honor recognizes specific productions that incorporate these accurate health and social issues messages above and beyond single episodes or multi-episode story arcs.

In the area of Drama Multi-Episode Storylines, awards went to AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLYUM (FX) and HOMELAND (Showtime) for Substance Use and Mental Health, respectively. Katey Sagal (SONS OF ANARCHY) received the award for Female Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline, and the award for Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline went to Mark Harmon (NCIS).

Of Two Minds (Lifetime) earned an award for TV Movie or Miniseries, and documentary by the same name was awarded for Feature Film Documentary.

Nominated for its Alzheimer's story, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (NBC) was honored in the Daytime Drama Storyline category.

The Teen or Children’s Program award went to DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION (TeenNick).

For Unscripted Non-Fiction, REHAB WITH DR. DREW: Season 6 (VH1) received the top honors. The Talk Show Episode award went to DR. DREW ON CALL (HLN). In the Documentary, News Magazine, or Biographical Program, COURT MCGEE: DEAD MAN FIGHTING (ESPN) and DEMI LOVATO: STAY STRONG (MTV) won awards in the substance use and mental health categories respectively. Macklemore’s “Starting Over” won the Music Recording award.

Addition presenters at the PRISM Awards included Emmy nominees Jean Smart (HAWAII FIVE-0), Mariette Hartley (LAW & ORDER: SVU) and Sharon Lawrence (DROP DEAD DIVA), Indie Soap Award winner Michele Lee (KNOTS LANDING, FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES), George Eads (CSI), Caterina Scorsone (PRIVATE PRACTICE), Katie Cassidy (ARROW), Silas Weir Mitchell (GRIMM), Dee Wallace, Reno Wilson (Mike and Molly), Brett Gelman and Julie White (GO ON), Alison Haislip (BATTLEGROUND), Lisa Guerrero (INSIDE EDITION), Kate Linder (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), Carly Steel (TV Guide Network), Danielle Nicolette (FAMILY TOOLS), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Anna Belknap (CSI: NY), Mackenzie Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky (DR. DREW ON CALL), SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Mark Valley and Windell Middlebrooks (BODY OF PROOF), Tamala Jones (CASTLE), Tim Kang (THE MENTALIST), Max Burkholder (Parenthood), Ernie Hudson (LAST RESORT), Nolan Gould (MODERN FAMILY), and the voice of the PRISM Awards, Shadoe Stevens.

PRISM Awards honor accurate depictions of mental health issues as well as substance use, addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery in movies, television, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Winners for the PRISM Awards are selected by an 80‐person Nomination Review Committee of entertainment industry professionals and technical experts from the fields of medicine, mental health, and addiction.

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