'Jane the Virgin,' 'Fargo,' 'The Americans' Among Peabody Entertainment Award Winners
'The Honorable Woman' and 'Inside Amy Schumer' are also among the 74th Peabody Awards' entertainment winners.
The 74th Peabody Entertainment Awards were announced on Thursday's Good Morning America, and Jane the Virgin, Fargo and The Americans are among the honorees.
The University of Georgia's (UGA) list of entertainment programs chosen for the annual Peabody Awards highlighted numerous female-leading programs, with Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Honorable Woman and Amy Schumer's Inside Amy Schumer each claiming a win.
Peabody winners will be presented with their awards at a gala on May 31, the first-ever red-carpet evening ceremony for the awards. Peabody-winner Fred Armisen is set to host the gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence in TV, radio and web storytelling and are based at UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Complete List of Recipients of the 74th Annual Peabody Entertainment Awards:
The Americans (FX)
In this ingenious, addictive cliffhanger, Reagan-era Soviet spies — married with children and a seemingly endless supply of wigs -— operate out of a lovely 3BR home in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Between their nail-biter missions (and sometimes in the midst of them), the series contemplates duty, honor, parental responsibility, fidelity, both nationalistic and marital, and what it means to be an American.
Black Mirror (Channel 4)
This cinematically arresting, brilliantly written series from England is an anthology of dark-side tales — dark as a black hole. If its narrative shocks don’t wreck your sleep pattern, its moral conundrums will.
Fargo, the series, boasts the same snow-swept backdrop and dark, deadpan ambience as the Oscar-winning movie but tells a different, more complicated story. Its villain, Billy Bob Thornton’s mischievous, murderous, charismatic Lorne Malvo, is a character worthy of Norse mythology.
The Honorable Woman (Sundance TV)
A visually rich, densely-plotted thriller set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, it suggests complexities and age-old vendettas that often escape even the best documentaries, to say nothing of the evening news.
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Schumer’s wholesome, disarming “Brady Bunch” looks belie and enhance a comic intelligence that’s smart, distinctively female and amiably profane, whether she’s applying it to sketch comedy, stand-up, or person-on-the-street interviews.
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Immaculately conceived, it’s a smart, self-aware telenovela that knows when and how to wink at itself. Its Latina lead, Gina Rodriguez, is incandescent.
The Knick (Cinemax)
Graphic, gripping, unapologetically grisly when it has to be, this lavish historical drama masterfully dissects surgical experimentation, doctors’ egos, race relations and socials mores in the New York City of 100 years ago. It gives new meaning to the term “operating theater.”
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
A most worthy addition to the news-as-comedy genre, Last Week Tonight doesn’t just satirize the previous week’s news, it engages in fresh, feisty investigative reports that “real” news programs would do well to emulate.
Rectify (Sundance TV)
A powerful, subtle dramatic series about a death-row inmate freed after nearly two decades thanks to new DNA evidence, it ponders whether what’s been lost can ever be repaid, not just to him but to everyone he and his alleged crimes touched.