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'Homeland,' 'The Knick' to Receive TV Academy Honors
The Television Academy is honoring shows that do more than entertain.
The Ninth Annual Television Academy Honors is recognizing series that tackle complex societal issues and advance social change. The honorees are A&E's Born This Way, HBO's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Showtime's Homeland, Cinemax's The Knick, Smithsonian Channel's Mississippi Inferno and Netflix's Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom.
The TV Academy will fete the showrunners, filmmakers and producers of the six programs, chosen by the Academy's selection committee that is chaired by Lucia Gervino, during an event hosted by actress Dana Delany at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, June 8.
The winning shows explore themes and storylines including the lives of young adults with Down syndrome, Scientology whistleblowers, online surveillance and security in the global fight against terrorism, a doctor’s quest to treat addiction, the role of black landowners and farmers in the Civil Rights movement and the fight for democracy in present-day Ukraine.
“By its very nature, television has a special ability to touch the hearts and minds of viewers and move the needle on social change," Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement. "Each of this year’s honorees makes artful use of television’s distinct power to raise awareness, expand understanding and promote meaningful discussion of issues of importance.”