Thirty-five recipients of the 66th Annual Peabody Awards were announced on Wednesday by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Entertainment series selected included ABC’s Ugly Betty, a telenovela makeover that explores clashing concepts of beauty, class, race and footwear with intelligence, warmth and wit; NBC’s The Office, a British comedy of workplace manners that has been transferred with pitch-perfect brilliance to Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA; and Scrubs, a unstintingly creative, sixth-season NBC comedy that never loses its respect for humanity despite a narrative style akin to Looney Tunes.
Peabodys also went to NBC’s Friday Night Lights, a richly textured serial in which a football-obsessed, Texas town becomes a microcosm of America, and Brotherhood, Showtime’s riveting drama about two Irish-American brothers in Providence, R.I., and their morally comprised pursuits of the American dream.
“Return of the King,” an especially provocative installment of the prickly animated series Boondocks, was the first program televised by Cartoon Network to win a Peabody.
Cable network HBO received Peabody Awards for a varied range of productions. Spike Lee’s elegiac documentary about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, was recognized by the Peabody board.
The winners, chosen by the Peabody Board as the best in electronic media for 2006, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus. The latest Peabody recipients reflect the ever-broadening definition of electronic media and the international scope of the competition.
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