Rainn Wilson, Parisa Fitz-Henley Team to Honor Impactful TV

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The Sentinel Awards will honor 'Grey’s Anatomy,' 'This is Us,' 'Pose,' 'Normal People,' 'The Good Fight' and 'I May Destroy You' for addressing topics like sexual assault, mental health and racism.

Rainn Wilson and Parisa Fitz-Henley are set to co-host the Sentinel Awards on Oct. 20, marking the 20th year that the event has shined a spotlight on impactful entertainment.

Presented by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the Sentinel Awards will recognize a total of 13 shows for storylines addressing topics like health, safety and security. Entries were submitted from broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming platforms. Ann Slichter (Weakest Link, Hollywood Game Night) and Shelly Goldstein (WGA Awards, Great Performances: Chicago Voices) have teamed to write the event's program.

"I’m proud to have built a career in the vast wasteland of vacuous, superficial, meaningless distraction called 'television,' " said Wilson in a statement. "Occasionally, some beacons of light emerge from that endless morass of flickering chicanery that point a way to some forms of social good."

Added Fitz-Henley: "I’ve always been moved by television’s power — when at its best — to change hearts, minds and lives. I’m delighted to join my friend and co-host, Rainn, in honoring the best of best shows and writers with these important awards."

Confirmed to participate in the show are Mandy Moore, Sandra Bernhard, Kayla Cromer, the cast of Mom, Laura Gomez, Hank Steinberg, and Michelle and Robert King. More guests are expected. The event is scheduled to stream on Facebook Live Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. PST. More information can be found here.

The 2020 Sentinel Awards honorees:

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): "Papa Don’t Preach"
Topic: Abortion

Mom (CBS): "Higgledy-Piggledy and a Cat Show
Topic: Addiction/recovery

This Is Us (NBC): Multi-episode storyline, Season 4
Topic: Aging

For Life (ABC): Pilot episode
Topic: Criminal justice

New Amsterdam (NBC): "Righteous Right Hand"
Topic: Culture of health

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform): "Discoid Cockroaches"
Topic: Disability

Pose (FX): "In My Heels"

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix): "God Bless America"
Topic: Immigration

All Rise (CBS): "What the Constitution Greens to Me"
Topic: Maternal health

Normal People (Hulu): Episode 10
Topic: Mental health

Madam Secretary (CBS): "Killer Robots"
Topic: National security

The Good Fight (CBS All Access): "The Gang Gets a Call from HR"
Topic: Racism

I May Destroy You (HBO): "Someone Is Lying / … It Just Came Up"
Topic: Sexual assault