LOS ANGELES, JAN. 13 -- Home Box Office swept cable television's 12th annual ACE Awards tonight with 25 honors, including four collected by Billy Crystal's "Midnight Train to Moscow" and three for "Tales From the Crypt."
"Tales From the Crypt" took honors including Best Drama Series and Best Drama Directing. Crystal's "Midnight Train" captured awards including comedy special and writing.
The Arts & Entertainment network and Showtime tied for second place with eight awards each. Showtime's "It's Garry Shandling's Show," which ceased production last year, earned half of the channel's honors -- for comedy series, actor, actress and writing.
"Heat Wave," Turner Network Television's docudrama about the 1965 Watts riots, won Best Movie or Miniseries and an acting honor for Cicely Tyson.
James Earl Jones won awards for Best Dramatic Series Actor for "American Playwrights Theater: Third and Oak -- The Pool" on A&E and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for TNT's "Heat Wave."
Other cable networks winning multiple awards were ESPN with seven; TNT, the Disney Channel and CNN with six each; the Discovery Channel and Lifetime with four each; and Bravo, MTV and VH-1 with two each.
CNBC, the Financial News Network, USA and Turner Broadcasting System each received one.
Blair Brown of the recently canceled "Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" on Lifetime was judged Best Actress in a Dramatic Series.
Best Supporting Actress in the Movie or Miniseries category went to Colleen Dewhurst for the Disney Channel's "Lantern Hill."
Best Children's Programming went to the Disney Channel's "Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme."
Arlene Sanford was named Best Comedy Series Director for HBO's "Dream On." The award for Best Drama Series Directing went to Howard Deutch for "Tales From the Crypt." Peter Werner won the award for Best Movie or Miniseries Directing for HBO's "The Image."
CNN's "Larry King Live" won for Best Talk Show Special or Series. The Best Sports News Series award went to ESPN's "SportsCenter."