TV academy chooses Honors class

'Stand Up to Cancer,' '30 Days' among recipients

ABC's Sunday night series "Brothers & Sisters" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," FX's "30 Days" as well as the multinetwork telethon "Stand Up to Cancer" are among the eight programs selected to receive the second annual Television Academy Honors.

The ceremony, which will be held April 30 at the Beverly Hills Hotel and will be produced by Phil Gurin, acknowledges 2008 television programs tackling important social issues.

The honorees include:

-- Last season's finale of "Brothers and Sisters" that reflected the battle surrounding California's Proposition 8 that put a ban on gay marriages.

-- The "Martirez & Malek Families" episode of "EMHE," about a pediatric nurse who specializes in caring for children with terminal illnesses while caring for her twin boys, both diagnosed with rare genetic conditions, and about a coffee shop manager suffering from cerebral palsy who employs other disabled people.

-- "Stand Up to Cancer," which raised funds for the fight against cancer.

-- The third season of FX's docu series "30 Days," which spotlighted life on a Navajo Indian reservation, life as a coal miner in West Virginia, a fundamentalist living in the home of a gay couple and their four adoptive children, a gun control advocate who spends 30 days with a gun-loving family and life in a wheelchair.

-- CBS' 10th annual "A Home for the Holidays" special, which heightened awareness for adoption.

-- HBO's documentary "Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football," about the profound impact of college football on the Civil Rights Movement and the integration of U.S.' top colleges and universities during the '50s and '60s.

-- PBS' teleplay "God on Trial," for its portrayal of universal questions about faith and philosophy.

-- Animal Planet's "Whale Wars," for drawing attention to global conservation and the friction between nations over whaling.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' chairman-CEO John Shaffner said the TV Academy's honor committee screened almost 150 programs -- scripted comedies and dramas, TV movies, reality and documentary programs -- before selecting the eight honorees.

The inaugural ceremony last year showcased HBO's documentary "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq," ABC's "Boston Legal," NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," Showtime's documentary "Shame" and Lifetime's series "Side Order of Life."