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Peabody Awards Laud NBC Entertainment Shows

Apr 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

NBC scored three Peabody Awards for entertainment programs: for the critically beloved but ratings-challenged freshman drama “Friday Night Lights” and for eccentric comedies “The Office” and “Scrubs.”

The Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by radio and television networks, stations, producing organizations, cable television organizations and individuals.

The other entertainment shows announced as winners Wednesday included ABC’s freshman novella-inspired hit “Ugly Betty”; Showtime’s contribution to the modern crime-family genre, “Brotherhood”; and an episode of Cartoon Network’s “Boondocks” that imagined what a resurrected Martin Luther King Jr. would make of today’s world.

Joining Cartoon Network as first-time winners were Food Network, for Alton Brown’s “Good Eats”; Independent Film Channel for “Beyond Borders: Personal Stories From a Small Planet”; and Telemundo’s mun2 for “For My Country? Latinos in the Military.”

HBO cleaned up with awards for “Elizabeth I” as well as the documentary entries Spike Lee`s “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”; HBO Family’s “The Music in Me,” which showcased young performers; HBO Sports’ “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer”; and HBO’s “Baghdad ER.”

ABC News earned two Peabody News Awards, for Brian Ross’ investigative reports and blogs on the story he broke about former Rep. Mark Foley’s sexually explicit e-mails to young pages in Congress; and for “Out of Control: AIDS in Black America.”

One of the last reports filed for CBS’s “60 Minutes” by Ed Bradley before he died last year, “The Duke Rape Case,” also won.

Also honored was a “Dateline NBC” special, “The Education of Ms. Grove,” about a year in the life of a teacher.

Five awards went to four local TV stations: two to WTHR-TV in Indianapolis and one to WISH-TV in the same city; and one each to WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn., and KMOV-TV in St. Louis.

Always an eclectic list of winners, this year’s group reflects the broadening definition of electronic media.

Two Web sites were honored: “Being a Black Man,” featured on washingtonpost.com; and FourDocs on Channel4.com.

“The result is that our work becomes more difficult – and more rewarding – as creators and producers of electronic media develop more and more powerful, important and engaging work,” Peabody Awards director Horace Newcomb said.

The awards will be presented June 4 at a luncheon hosted by Bob Costas at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

A detailed list of the winners is available at www.peabody.uga.edu.

The awards program is administered by the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

(Editor: Horowitz)