Peabodys go to 'Dexter,' '30 Rock'
EmptyShowtime's "Dexter," NBC's "30 Rock" and AMC's "Mad Men" were among the winners of the Peabody Awards announced Wednesday. Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" and Bravo's "Project Runway" became the first reality series to take home a Peabody.
The Peabodys honor the best in TV and electronic media and are judged by a panel commissioned by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. TV journalism was well represented, with ABC's Bob Woodruff, CBS' Kimberly Dozier, CNN's Christiane Amanpour and BBC World News America among the winners.
"30 Rock" was honored for its "sly, gleeful satire of corporate media," while "Dexter" was singled out for its "complex and ambiguous meditation on morality" and AMC's "Mad Men" for looking at 1960 New York "in rich detail and a haze of cigarette smoke," the judges said. "Colbert Report" joined previous Comedy Central winners "The Daily Show" and "South Park."
The Peabodys previously had shunned the reality genre but broke with tradition this year by awarding "Project Runway." The judges said the Weinstein Co.-Bravo production "redeems" the genre.
Discovery Channel-BBC's "Planet Earth" won for its 11-part series "Planet Earth." HBO Films won for "To Die in Jerusalem," about mothers who lost their daughters in a suicide bombing. Univision's "Ya Es Hora" was honored for its public-service program to get legal Hispanic immigrants to become citizens.
Woodruff and Dozier were credited with their reporting on the plight of veterans of the Iraq War. In 2006, both were severely wounded by IEDs and spent months recovering. Woodruff's "Bob Woodruff Reporting: Wounds of War -- The Long Road Home of Our Nation's Veterans" focused on the plight of wounded veterans. Dozier's report on "CBS Sunday Morning" called "The Way Home" revolved around two women who were wounded in Iraq. CNN's "God's Warriors" and "White Horse," a series on a Chinese village from BBC World News America, also were given Peabodys.
The winners will be honored at a luncheon June 16 hosted by "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
For a complete list of winners, click here.