The TV academy announced the winners of its ninth annual Television Academy Honors, which will be handed out during a ceremony in Los Angeles on June 8 hosted by actress Dana Delaney. These awards differ from the Emmys in their specific goal of highlighting programs that shed light on social and cultural issues.
The six programs to be feted by the TV academy are:
– “Born This Way” (A&E), a reality series that chronicles the lives of seven young adtuls with Down syndrome.
– “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” (HBO), the Emmy winning expose about ex-Scientologists who blow the whistle on the controversial religious group.
– “Homeland” (Showtime), the spy thriller whose recent fifth season explored issues of surveillance, hacking, and modern warfare.
– “The Knick” (Cinemax), the period medical drama about Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), who tries to cure his own addiction.
– “Mississippi Inferno” (Smithsonian Channel), a documentary about black landowners and farmers during the Civil Rights movement.
– “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” (Netflix), the Oscar-nominated documentary feature about the resistance movement in Ukraine against an oppressive political regime.
Said television academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum about these awards, “By its very nature, television has a special ability to touch the hearts and minds of viewers and move the needle on social change. Each of this year’s honorees makes artful use of television’s distinct power to raise awareness, expand understanding and promote meaningful discussion of issues of importance.”
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