News Nuggets: Patrick Stewart will host the Peabody Awards

Patrick Stewart will host the Peabody Awards: “Tony Award nominee Patrick Stewart will host the 71st annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony May 21 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. ‘Patrick Stewart, the first actor to host the Peabody Awards Presentation Luncheon, brings a career that perfectly illustrates the breadth of the Peabody Award,’ said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia, in a statement. The Peabody recognizes excellence in journalism and news, documentary and public service, and in all forms of entertainment in electronic media.” PLAYBILL

Jon Hamm doesn’t understand why Don Draper is so popular: “Your classic TV hero, 1960s ad agency rainmaker Don Draper is not. He cheated on his wife as casually as squirrels pluck acorns. He’s an identity thief. He lies to friends and can verbally backhand colleagues trying desperately to please him. But he’s hardly a villain, Hamm notes, and not really even a bad guy. Truth is, he’s nicer than many people in a world riddled with callous attitude, bad decisions and constant sleight of hand. ‘He’s conflicted,’ says Hamm. ‘And I think people identify with him and with his flaws.’ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Kelsey Grammer goes from neurotic to sociopath on “Boss“: “Grammer must have seemed an unlikely choice to play the imposing, occasionally brutal mayor of a city noted for its bruising municipal politics. Little in Grammer’s 11-year run as fussy psychiatrist and effete snob Dr. Frasier Crane in ‘Frasier’ suggested he’d be a good fit as a power-hungry political power broker diagnosed with DLB, a degenerative neurological disorder and form of dementia closely connected to Alzheimers and Parkinson’s Diseases.” VANCOUVER SUN

Motion Picture Academy honors film scholars: “Joining 13 other Academy scholars currently working on projects are Hamilton College professor of critical studies Scott MacDonald and NYU associate professor of cinema studies Dan Streible. Each will receive $25,000 for their efforts — half was presented to them today with the other half due upon completion. Among those scholars in attendance was Peter Decherney, a 2009 grantee who recently delivered his Acad-inspired book, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars, and gave a lecture on the subject Monday night for the Academy.” DEADLINE

Lawless,” formely known as “Wettest County” can thank Terrence Malick for its title change: “‘We’d always wanted the title “Lawless,”‘ producer Lucy Fisher told EW, ‘but it was always unavailable to us.’ That’s because the only-very-recently prolific Malick had dibs on the name for one of his upcoming projects, of which little is known except that it boasts a formidable cast, including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Rooney Mara. However, it turned out that Malick enjoys the work of director John Hillcoat (‘The Proposition,’ ‘The Road’) enough to part ways with that title.” EW.COM

Where are the great TV dramas about women? “Vulture’s Drama Derby is nearing a close, and while the final brackets included some truly titanic shows from the past 25 years — among them ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘The Wire,’ and ‘Breaking Bad‘ — it was still something of a sausage party … when it comes to unambiguous lead characters with an X chromosome, only ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘My So-Called Life’ fit the bill, and both of those shows came out in the mid nineties. So what’s going on?” VULTURE

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