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TV Academy Honors Laud 'TV With a Conscience'

May 4, 2009 12:08 PM

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its Television Academy Honors to eight programs from the past year that embody “television with a conscience.” The dinner and awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel Thursday night.

Spurlock

FX’s “30 Days” was honored with the first award of the night. Creator and executive producer Morgan Spurlock said, “I thank you for recognizing that there is a world that exists beyond shiny floor shows, that where you think and what you do matters, where the impact could be measured long after the ratings have come in, and where at the end of the day, just maybe, we played our small part in making this world a better place.”

Mr. Spurlock also took his moment on stage to ask the voting members of the TV academy to vote for “30 Days” for an Emmy nomination, and to joke that NBC Entertainment Co-Chair Ben Silverman was not in attendance due to prior commitments with Deadline Hollywood Daily blogger Nikki Finke.

Karen Mack, along with Stu Schreiberg, accepted for CBS’ 10th anniversary of the special “A Home for the Holidays,” which aims to find families for kids in foster care.

Ms. Mack said, “The best thing for these children is to get them out of the system, and that’s what our show tries to do. Our show tries to find them families, make them safe, give them hope and give them someone to love them and to tell them that they matter.”

Other award recipients included HBO’s “Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for the episode “The Martirez & Malek Families,” PBS’ “God on Trial,” Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” and the ABC-CBS-NBC joint telecast of “Stand Up to Cancer.”

Schapker, Annable

ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” was recognized for the episode “Prior Commitments,” which focused on a same-sex marriage between two of the show’s regular characters.

“We were being given the opportunity to script the first gay marriage of season regulars on a primetime network series while anti-gay-marriage initiatives loomed on the ballots of multiple states, including California,” said Allison Schapker, one of the “Brothers” executive producers and writers for the episode. “And to think that we played a part, however small, in a nationwide movement toward marriage equality for all people is something that joins our personal and professional aspirations in a profound way, because to legislate against love in any way is truly unconscionable.”

—Sergio Ibarra


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