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  • 24Emmy
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    ‘Black-ish’, ‘Transparent’, ‘The Normal Heart’ Among Television Academy Honorees

    by Erik Pedersen    April 15, 2015 10:00am

    The eighth annual Television Academy Honors are set, and a pair of freshman series and two HBO projects are among the six recipients. The honors recognize programs that have used the power of television to shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of the viewer. Episodes or entire series are eligible. Here are this year’s honorees, which descriptions provided by the TV Academy:

    black-ish “Crime and Punishment” (ABC)– Although Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) agreed they would no longer spank their kids, all bets might be off when Jack disobeys. Now, Zoey, Junior, Diane and a nervous Jack are afraid that their parents will go back on their word.  Media controversy over the fine line between punishment and abuse has spotlighted America’s cultural divide between races, regions and religions, and again raises the question, when does discipline become child abuse? This episode offers a comedic look at an American family determined to resolve their issues with disciplining their children. (Produced by ABC Studios)

    E:60 “Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest” (ESPN) –  At 2:49 p.m., on April 15, 2013, as scores of spectators cheered on Boston Marathon runners approaching the finish line, two hand-made bombs exploded. In a split second, the lives of hundreds of people were forever changed. One year later, ESPN’s investigative newsmagazine presents a special program remembering the lives lost and pays tribute to those who survived, their journeys of perseverance, courage, strength and love in the past twelve months.  (Produced by ESPN)

    The Normal Heart (HBO) – The award-winning TV movie tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. (Produced by HBO Films in association with Plan B Entertainment, Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy Productions)

    Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert (HBO) – The documentary offers the personal, unvarnished story of Katrina Gilbert, a single mom of three working as a certified nursing assistant in an extended-care facility while striving to look after her family and address her own health-care issues. Overworked, underpaid, uninsured and lacking support, she daily chooses between purchasing her own medication and paying for the needs of her three children, and is left struggling to make ends meet. (Produced by HBO Documentary Films in association with The Shriver Report and Mackerel Sky Films)

    Transparent (Amazon) – When Maura, who has spent her life as Pfefferman family patriarch Mort, reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. Her children – meandering Ali, record producer Josh, and sexually conflicted Sarah – start to spin in different directions as they begin to figure out who they are. (Produced by Amazon Studios)

    Virunga (Netflix) – A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo. From director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio. (Produced by Grain Media)

    Eligible programs for this year’s Television Academy Honors aired during the 2014 calendar year and were submitted in the fiction/nonfiction categories as whole series, single episodes or story arcs up to three episodes. Made-for-television movies, limited series and fiction/nonfiction specials also were eligible.

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    Somnambulist
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    Eighth annual? I had never heard of this group. Some fine choices indeed.

    I do wish there was a group that could pose a challenge to the preeminence of the Emmys. Meaning one that honored TV actors, writers, directors, and producers with a ceremony classy ceremony (that rules out the Critics’ Choice TV Awards). It’s why I initially wanted to see the Paley Center Awards (their contemplation of public voting was a dealbreaker) though they appear to have given up.

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    It is listed in the Emmy rules along with the other “special” awards, although technically it is not an Emmy Award:

    “The Television Academy created The Television Academy Honors to recognize “Television with a Conscience,” achievements in programming that explore issues of concern to our society in a compelling, emotional and insightful way. Programming and programmers who enlighten and educate, create awareness and motivate positive change on important social and health issues will be honored.

    The Television Academy Honors is not a new category of Primetime Emmy® Award; it is separate and distinct from Emmy’s recognition of television excellence.

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    Complete list of honorees:

    http://www.emmys.com/awards/honors/summary

     

    2008:
    Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq
    Boston Legal
    Girl, Positive
    God’s Warriors
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, “Harm”
    Pictures of Hollis Woods
    Planet Earth
    Side Order of Life
    Shame


    2009:
    A Home for the Holidays (10th Annual)
    Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football
    Brothers & Sisters: “Prior Commitments”
    Extreme Makeover Home Edition: “The Martirez & Malek Families”
    “God on Trial” (Masterpiece Contemporary)
    Stand Up to Cancer
    30 Days
    Whale Wars

    2010:
    CSI “Coup De Grace”
    Glee “Wheels”
    Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?
    Explorer: “Inside Death Row”
    Private Practice “Nothing To Fear”
    Taking Chance
    Unlocking Autism
    Vanguard: “The OxyContin Express”

    2011:
    The 16th Man
    The Big C, “Taking The Plunge”
    Friday Night Lights, “I Can’t”
    Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
    The Oprah Winfrey Show, “A Two-Day Oprah Show Event: 200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward”
    Parenthood, “Pilot”
    Private Practice, “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?”
    Wartorn 1861-2010

    2012:
    Dr. Oz Show
    Five
    Harry’s Law “Head Games”
    Hot Coffee
    Men of a Certain Age “Let the Sunshine In”
    Rescue Me “344”
    Women, War & Peace

    2013:
    A Smile as Big as The Moon
    D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List
    Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
    Hunger Hits Home
    The Newsroom
    Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: “Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV and AIDS”
    One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal
    Parenthood

    2014:
    The Big C: Hereafter
    Comedy Warriors
    The Fosters
    Mea Maxima Culpa
    Mom
    Screw You Cancer
    Vice

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