Every year, the Peabody Awards honor excellence in television, and this year’s recipients represent a broad range of genres. From news to satire, from the Olympics to a period miniseries, from sci-fi to animation, the Peabodys are honoring a little bit of everything.
The winners this year include the time-traveling exploits of Lost
, the majesty of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender
, HBO’s wild Entourage
, AMC’s quietly beautiful Breaking Bad
, the political sketches from Saturday Night Live
, and everyone’s favorite video sharing outpost, YouTube.
Here is a list of the major TV winners and the reasons for winning the award.
: “Breezily mixing metaphysics, quantum physics, romance and cliffhanger action, the genre-bending series about a group of air-crash survivors on a mysterious island has rewritten the rules of television fiction.”
Saturday Night Live
Political Satire: “The late-night legend stole the election-year thunder from its satirical competition on cable and may have swayed the race itself.”
: “Hollywood gets an affectionately merciless tweaking in this picaresque about an ambitious male starlet, his posse of pals, and his multi-faced agent.”
: “Bleak, harrowing, sometimes improbably funny, the series chronicled the consequences of a mild-mannered, dying science teacher's decision to secure his family's future by cooking methamphetamine.”
Avatar: The Last Airbender
: “Unusually complex characters and healthy respect for the consequences of warfare enhanced this American-made, anime-influenced martial-arts adventure.”
: “The American Revolution was made flesh and blood in this richly detailed miniseries focused on the political evolution of colonial lawyer John Adams and his wife, Abigail.”
Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony: “An exponential magnification of what was once known in television as a "spectacular," the Beijing opening ceremony was crafted and choreographed by creative director Zhang Yimou, executive produced by Dick Ebersol and directed by Bucky Gunts.”
CNN’s Coverage of 2008 Presidential Primary Campaigns and Debates: “With state-of-the-art technology and a small army of reporters, producers and analysts, CNN gave viewers unparalleled coverage of a historic presidential election process.”
YouTube: “The video-sharing Web site, a "Speakers' Corner," where Internet users can upload, view and share clips, is an ever-expanding archive-cum-bulletin board that both embodies and promotes democracy.”
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: Peabody Awards
(Image courtesy of ABC)